In terms of healthcare technology, behavioral health has long taken a back seat to physical health. In Arizona, however, a recently launched HIE is looking to put that notion to bed.

Last April, two health IT vendors—the Horsham, Pa.-based NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and its sister company, Mirth, based in Costa Mesa, Calif.—announced the launch of the Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona (BHINAZ), publicized by its officials as the first statewide behavioral health information exchange (HIE) in the nation.

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