My Take on EHRs and SBIRT
Jim Winkle uses his own experiences helping clinics implement SBIRT to show ways that electronic health records can be part of a strong SBIRT plan.
EHR software does not come ready to conduct SBIRT, but there are several ways to add this functionality. Learn how EHR tools can remind you to screen on a regular basis, easily record the results of your screening and brief interventions, and generate appropriate billing and diagnosis codes.

Implementation of SBIRT Into Electronic Health Records: From Documentation to Data
John McAteer uses his personal experience and expertise with SBIRT for alcohol use. He helped over 50 primary care facilities begin to use SBIRT, with EHR integration. He goes over the technology available for use and how to use EHR data to evaluate and improve your program. Discover alerts, templates, and treatment program locators.

SBIRT and the Electronic Health Record
People with problematic substance use patterns go to every medical practice, and to understand their drug or alcohol use can help you better treat their other conditions. Tom McLellan shares the myriad barriers that can arise when trying to use EHRs for SBIRT. He suggests solutions to issues with limited resources, competing priorities, and uncomfortable medical providers.

What’s Your Take on EHRs and SBIRT?
Les Sperling spent the last seven years helping addiction treatment providers across Kansas. He guides the viewer through the process of adding SBIRT to an existing EHR workflow. Questions about billing are answered regarding both  private insurance and medicare. He shows how EHRs can track Referral to Treatment and follow up on a patient’s further activities.

Additional Resources

Indiana SBIRT’s guide to modifying your EHR tool
An online guide to collecting key data, using that data to inform clinical choices, and calculating outcome measures. Includes a video walkthrough.

SBIRT New Hampshire’s guide to EHR
A “playbook” for incorporating SBIRT into an EHR. It can lead a practice from preparatory stages to perfecting workflow to reflection. This is a highly detailed guide.

Commentary on the EHR an ‘essential tool’ for SBIRT
This commentary focuses on evidence about routine screening and intervention for alcohol/drug use and related disorders in primary care. Federal efforts in developing common data elements for use as screeners for substance use and related disorders are described. A pressing need for empirical data on SBIRT for drug-related disorders to inform SBIRT and related EHR efforts is highlighted.