WakeMed treats over 270,000 ED patients each year and over 1/3rd of these ED visits are directly or indirectly related to a behavioral health or substance use diagnosis. With opiate and substance use on the rise (25% of ED patients have opiates on their active med list), the community hospital is often ground zero for assessment, triage, and care. Yet inpatient behavioral health or substance use care is only necessary in about 11% of the cases, the majority of patients needing outpatient care from a network of coordinated providers who closely monitor patient outcomes and share information. WakeMed’s Network for Advancing Behavioral Health was formed in 2017 and includes hospitals, clinics, and social service organizations working closely together to create a “virtual image” of patients need and progress.
Listen to Mike Rhoades, CEO of Blaze Advisors and members of the NABH, share their story, their use of HealthTech, and the impact as well as their vision for the future.
Mike Rhoades, CEO, Blaze Advisors
Mike is a leader in strategic planning and execution of clinically-integrated health networks. Roles include 10 years as COO of a $300M, multi-state BHSA and Primary Care IDN, CEO of an ambulatory integrated care network, and senior executive for a $2 million life accountable care organization.