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...

No more “Do It Yourself (DIY) Electronic Health Records (EHR)” Electronic Health RecordsOver twenty years ago, I started my career in the human services software industry, focusing on public and mental health. Back then, the software was 100% proprietary and was mainly used for billing and reporting systems. They ran software on expensive RISC based UNIX systems and the servers alone, to run the software, were well ... Read more...

A Balancing Act for Public Health Departments. Here are three things you should focus on. Public Health EHRAchieving Maximum Productivity and Performance: A Balancing Act for Public Health Departments. Here are three things you should focus on.   There are three legs of a stool that every business, practice or department must balance to achieve maximum productivity and performance. Those are Product, Process and People. Balancing and optimally using all three legs of  this ... Read more...

Is the value of participating in Health Information Exchange (HIE) worth it for public health departments? HIE for Public Health DepartmentsIs it critical for a public health department to connect to a health information exchange (HIE)? Over the past several years, the answer to this question has been a confused “I don’t know enough about HIEs to know.” So, what has changed? For one, EHRs, which not only compile data, but also can standardize data fields, ... Read more...