First Health System to Join Clinical Registry Dedicated to Data Collection
Sheppard Pratt Health System—the largest, private non-profit provider of mental health services in the nation—announced today plans to join PsychPRO, the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) national mental health registry, becoming the first health system in the nation to do so. The mental health registry, which is still in early stages of development, will be a qualified clinical data registry that will help to improve the quality of mental health care in the U.S. by allowing psychiatrists and other mental health providers to compare outcomes and develop best practices.
“As a leading national provider of psychiatric and substance abuse services, we are proud to be the first health system to support the APA in establishing a patient registry. We feel that it is imperative to give people the ability to make informed decisions about their care through meaningful outcomes data. We also want to support dedicated physicians and care providers so that they may more easily report quality data and maintain their board certification,” said Dr. Harsh K. Trivedi, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System.
“We are pleased to offer this important tool to help psychiatrists meet new quality reporting requirements and maintain professional recertification, and we are excited about the research potential of this valuable resource for patients and for the nation,” said APA CEO and medical director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We are privileged to work with Sheppard Pratt Health System, one of the country’s top mental health systems, at the beginning of this effort.”
“As one of the only providers of mental health services in the nation that offers both the full continuum of psychiatric services and a wealth of clinical encounters to make a truly robust registry, we view this as an important investment,” said Bonnie Katz, vice president of operations and business development for Sheppard Pratt Health System. “It is an investment that will help those we serve to access better care in Maryland and across the country.”
In time, the registry can be used to guide future research and to develop new diagnostics, therapeutics, and quality measures. The registry will be used initially to help psychiatrists meet quality-reporting requirements and board certification.
About Sheppard Pratt
Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country. A nationwide resource, Sheppard Pratt provides services across a comprehensive continuum of care, spanning both hospital- and community-based resources. Since its founding in 1853, Sheppard Pratt has been innovating the field through research, best practice implementation, and a focus on improving the quality of mental health care on a global level. Sheppard Pratt has been consistently recognized as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.