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Collaboration for Better Care: Community CareLink’s Referral Tool

As you spend more time with us at First Call Technology, you’ll hear a lot about Community CareLink’s three c’s: comprehensive, collaborative and certified. We think all three are important, but at the end of the day, our clients rely on collaboration. Agencies and organizations serve diverse populations with unique needs, and cannot provide every resource and service needed. Relying on community partners to bridge the gaps is crucial for the success of the agency and positive outcomes for their individuals.

Collaborative, integrated referrals

Community CareLink’s referral tool allows your organization to refer individuals to other agencies for additional social needs, group meetings, assessments, treatment, specialized counseling, employment services and more. The referral tool is integrated into the patient record, so you can make appointments within the platform, track where you referred an individual, if they attended, and the progress made at the visit. Track that these needs are not only identified, but then met means less documentation for you, more holistic treatment for the community.

By being collaborative with community partners, agencies are able to enhance the care they give by providing more complete services and access to programs and resources their populations need.

Not only does Community CareLink’s referral tool help meet specific needs of an individual, but by tracking referral data, we have a better picture of a community's specific needs and the services people are seeking that they can’t find. An organization can look back retrospectively at their referral data and adjust programming, services or intake processes based on this new knowledge of the need. We can see where individuals are coming from and where they are going. Our vision as we get more and better data is that we can drive behaviors.

The future of referrals

As the future of healthcare and behavioral health moves forward, a referral tool becomes increasingly important. We know that conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These conditions are known as social determinants of health (SDOH). Tracking conditions and referrals to improve those conditions help to increase overall health and well-being for an individual and across communities.

Today, hospitals are mandated to refer and are then reimbursed for it. Soon, it will be a requirement for your agency as well. You will need to track and report referrals and whether or not individuals under your care have shown for those referrals. With the referral tool integrated into Community CareLink, or even embedded in an organization’s site as a standalone service, both large hospital systems and small agencies are meeting a very important need. Whether you need our referral tool today or in the future, we have built our technology to support you every step of the way.

Have questions about the referral tool? Talk with us today!


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