Zarfishan Zahid, MD, Subject Matter Expert, HCBS Program for Zane Networks presented a session entitled “Enhancing Access and Quality: Closing Gaps in Healthcare” at the 2024 WEDI-HL7 Health Equity Forum & Workshop. The event brought together industry groups, community organizations, state and federal agencies, philanthropies and other health care/social services stakeholders to tackle healthcare disparities through various health equity- and SDOH-related efforts, and was held February 12-13, 2024 in Washington DC.

During her presentation, Dr. Zahid examined Zane Networks’ project with the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) – designed to improve patient care using standardized assessment forms to conduct American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) medical determinations.

With the regional requirement to use ASAM criteria, DCPCA needed a more effective, standardized process for their physicians to access ASAM assessments. The criteria use six dimensions to create a holistic, biopsychosocial assessment of an individual for service planning and treatment across all services and levels of care.

Zane Networks integrated the organization’s comprehensive assessment management platform into existing EHR workflows to connect assessment criteria in real-time for the regional patient population. The platform now provides users with dimensional analysis, visibility into diagnostic findings and a clear picture of Addiction Severity Index (ASI) composite scores. This offers care teams greater ability to assess the patient perception of substance abuse problems, as well as the need and desire for treatment.

Zane Networks was also an exhibiting sponsor of the event.