The 6 Steps EHR Selection & Implementation: Plan for Planning Successful EHR Selection and ImplementationSelecting and implementing a new Electronic Health Record System(EHR) is, and should be, a great task for any size public health department or community health center. On average, transition to a new EHR will take a public health department approximately 8-12 months. Some organizations may take less time and others more; it all depends on ... Read more...

Can Electronic Health Records help Public Health win the war against Tuberculosis ? Public Health and tuberculosisAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an overall 2.2% decline in the number of active cases of Tuberculosis since 1993.  There are of course exceptions, such as the state of Washington which is up 7% this year.  TB kills more than 4,000 people every day, worldwide, and approximately ... Read more...

The Clock is Ticking for Behavioral Health: It is time to get you connected to your Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) NC HIE Connection Patagonia HealthIf you haven’t heard yet, North Carolina has taken a big step towards connecting and sharing health information for providers who bill to Medicaid. The North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) is still enroute to its February 1, 2018 deadline that will require all Medicaid providers to connect to the NC HIE if they ... Read more...

Is the Sun Setting on your current EHR system? EHR system changesIs your current Electronic Health Record (EHR) software being phased out by your vendor?  Due to mergers and acquisitions (not to mention advanced technology) within the EHR system market, many vendors either inherit or develop newer modern systems resulting in multiple EHR product offerings.  When this happens, it is common for these vendors to sunset ... Read more...

Four steps to do more with less for Family Planning Services Family PlanningAs the future of the Affordable Care Act and budgets for social services loom in the balance, it is more important than ever for clinics and health centers depending on federal funds or grant money to stretch their dollars as much as possible. Title X and Family Planning have been the most tenuous of grant-funded ... Read more...

4 Reasons Not Conducting a Security Risk Assessment Can Cost You Money Security Risk AssessmentA Security Risk Assessment (SRA) is an analysis of your healthcare organization or associated business for any potential threats or issues in handling protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and accountability Act (HIPAA). It is also mandatory for all Covered Entities under the HIPAA security rule and needs to be performed annually. ... Read more...