In the Aftermath of Hurricanes, Your Choice of EHR Matters Names have meaning.  Names have value and communicate more than the syllables pronounced.  In the face of the weather which has pummeled the United States this past month, now these names have meaning:  Harvey.  Irma. Maria. And most recently, Nate.   Per the AMA “Morning Rounds” web news of October 5, 2017, “Damage from Hurricane Maria could ... Read more...

Is Your EHR Vendor Legit? The Top 4 things to Find Out. Today’s EHR market offers numerous options and tremendous variety in electronic health records software that it can be cumbersome to decide which vendor to choose.  Uncertainty can be due to any number of reasons, so this must be a big part of the discussion among your staff, prior to buying a new EHR.   First, the software’s ... Read more...

Using EHR Data to Improve Population Health Without data, managing the health of the communities would be near impossible for local health departments.  It also is, of course, an obvious fact that electronic health records are a key source of health data and can provide some greatly needed elements for analysis of population health.   By combining EHR data with a visualization tool, such ... Read more...

The 5 A’s for Smoking Cessation Interventions “The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people a year” according to the World Health Organization.  Of those deaths, more than 6 million are caused by direct tobacco use while another 890,000 are the result of second-hand smoke exposure.   The 5 A’s ... Read more...

DHHS recommends healthcare providers migrate from legacy EHR to more secure cloud environments In the June 2017 “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry” published by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, it was noted that many healthcare agencies are still running patient records databases on legacy systems. And not only are these systems subject to more successful hacking, ... Read more...

What is an Immunization Registry and How Does your Healthcare Organization Benefit? Immunization RegistryWith the advancement of healthcare technology and electronic health records (EHR) through the Meaningful Use mandates, connectivity and information sharing has become increasingly available as healthcare turns to preventative care and care coordination. In fact, all immunizations given are required by all medical clinics to be recorded in the state immunization registry. If you are ... Read more...