CRI, Netsmart collaborate with business management software program

System designed to run behavioral health care facilities

An out-of-state health care information software developer has agreed to collaborate with a local nonprofit, to combine their business development efforts, beginning with the nonprofit’s primary revenue-cycle management software product and its dissemination to the Kansas- based company’s clients.

Centerstone Research Institute, a Nashville–based nonprofit, has agreed to partner with Overland Park, Kan.-based Netsmart and will soon begin the distribution to Netsmart’s clients of CRI’s “Enlighten Analytics” business management software program. The system is designed to help administratively run behavioral health care facilities that comprise Netsmart's clients, a roster of more than 20,000 organizations and 40 state hospital systems.

“Netsmart has an unmatched track record of helping healthcare organizations of all sizes transform the care they provide,” Dr. Tom Doub, CRI chief executive officer, said in a company statement. “By combining the strengths of Netsmart with the strengths of CRI, we can help healthcare providers offer more efficient and effective care."

Speaking to the Nashville Post late Friday, Doub declined to disclose the confidential and proprietary financial arrangement between the parties. He did say the agreement was significant for CRI given the breadth of Netsmart’s client associations.

"It's good for us, let's just say that," Doub said.