Working Together: Top 10 Public Health Achievements in 10 year span. How can local health departments continue to make more impact? Public Health Eye ExamRemember the eye exams for color blindness? Where a series of dots in various colors hide a number or a shape? At first it may be hard to see, but once you identify the number, it becomes quite easy to focus on it.   Well with the public health goals it is quite similar. Having achieved ... Read more...

Will Your EHR Survive or Evolve to Meaningful Use Stage 3? HostageIs your EHR vendor holding you hostage with exorbitant Meaningful Use upgrade costs?   Despite the fact that old, legacy Electronic Health Record (EHR) software is very cumbersome to use and is grossly inadequate for electronic charting and billing, public health departments (with an existing EHR) are reluctant to start over with a new system. Local health ... Read more...

Is Your Health Department Missing Out on EHR Medicaid Incentives? Find Out! Are you eligibleThere are still many Public Health Departments that think they are not required to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program. But public health departments are not exempt from Meaningful Use requirements and many departments have qualifying healthcare providers that should certainly take steps to get their EHR Medicaid ... Read more...

6 Things Your EHR Must Do to Secure Patient Information SecurityIn order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use (MU), public health eligible professionals (EPs) must comply with 15 core objectives established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A big part of this includes complying with HIPAA’s privacy and security rule through risk analysis requirements.   CMS’s Core Objective to “Protect Electronic Health Information” requires ... Read more...

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Public Health vs Personal Choice. How can meaningful use EHR help keep public safe? VaccinesVaccines have been around for hundreds of years.  They have dramatically improved the health of our population.  But the dispute over personal choice vs. government mandates is still a sore subject with many people.  Federal mandates have increased over the years in support of improving public health and each state has different rulings of when ... Read more...