The 6 must-haves for an easy to use EHR for Local Health Departments. 6 MUST HAVESWith the federal mandate for adoption of an Electronic Health Record (EHR), one has no choice but to move to an EHR. All medical practices must move to meaningful use compliance and local health departments are not exempt. We know that local health department professionals are good at what they do, but not all staff ... Read more...

Title X FPAR is about to get a whole lot easier! Here are two federal changes which will help. Family Planning Profile FPAR 2.0 InteroperabilityHow can a federal move to new Family Planning Annual Report FPAR 2.0 and a federal mandate to move to a certified EHR help? Family planning clinics can now simplify reporting, improve workflow and increase efficiency. Here is how you can take advantage of these changes and take your organization to the next level.   Many of ... Read more...

What will the role of state and local health departments be in 2020? Chief Public Health Strategist? Evolution of Public HealthState and local health departments are facing growing challenges, including infectious disease threats such as Ebola; a rising burden of chronic illness and an increasingly diverse population. At the same time, fiscal constraints accompanying the 2007–2008 recession and its aftermath hammered local, state, and territorial health agencies, which lost nearly 30,000 jobs—6 percent to 12 ... Read more...

Timely data is difficult to obtain for urban public health departments Timely data is difficult to obtain for urban (and rural) public health departmentsWith federal meaningful use Electronic Health Record (EHR) mandates, and connectivity via the Health Information Exchange (HIE), real time data should be available to all public health departments. In an ideal connected world, all public health departments and health agencies would be collecting data and sharing de-identified data to rid the world of infectious and ... Read more...

Reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use stage ends December 31st 2014 – are you ready? meaningful use stage ends December 31st 2014 – are you ready?December 31 marks the end of the last possible 90-day reporting period as the 2014 EHR incentive period ends. This means that October 3rd was the last day for eligible professionals to begin a 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use. If you are in the midst of collecting data for the 90-day reporting period ... Read more...