6 Tip strategy to increase patient engagement The use of electronic health record (EHR) in the exam room changes the dynamics of the clinical charting process. Many health professionals are not that savvy with new technology and it can be exacerbating to say the least. As a result, many doctors spend too much face time with the computer rather than the patient; ... Read more...

Enhancing Revenue for Family Planning Clinics With the worries of a major loss of Title X funding across the nation, Family Planning clinics need to be cautious about spending and streamlining all efforts in order to keep costs minimal. Family planning services are provided by a variety of agencies including local health departments, community health centers (CHC), and federally qualified Health ... Read more...

Conducting a workflow analysis for public health departments: Will your EHR vendor perform this for you? In a previous blog we talked about how an EHR can help streamline your workflow and improve operations. Here we are going to focus on the process and workflow itself. Adopting an EHR does not automatically change your workflow. So what needs to be done to reach peak efficiency and what are the best practices ... Read more...

Why Public Health Departments should focus on improving workflow as well as EHR implementation What is workflow and why should you care? Over the past few years, public health agencies have seen ongoing reduction in funding while their operational costs keep going up. Sure, lobbying and educating legislators is an important part of public health agency leadership role. However, in current national environment, at best one can hope to ... Read more...

Protecting Patient Safety through Health IT and EHR Use The Health IT Safety Center Roadmap, recently released from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), presented a plan for taking important steps toward improving the safety of Health IT and, therefore, patient safety. Its purpose, clearly stated, is because “Today, thousands of health care professionals, hospitals, and their patients enjoy quality and safety ... Read more...

Credentialing Made Easier for Local Health Departments First, let’s be clear about credentialing. You do not credential facilities, you credential providers, but it does benefit the facility in terms of revenue and reputation. But let’s face it, many health departments are not billing as much or as efficiently as they should be. Often times, physicians, especially new physicians, are only partially credentialed, ... Read more...