6 Things Your EHR Must Do to Secure Patient Information In 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? Vaccines 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...

Healthcare and Public Health System; As it is Today and How it Should Evolve Dr. Stephanie BaileyOur Guest – Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Dean and Director of Public Health Initiatives, College of Health Sciences, TN State University Over the years, physicians and healthcare providers have played a role in addressing many of the non-medical issues – absolutely! Doctors are educated – you learn to take the history, you learn to do the physical ... Read more...

Three easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments reduce claims denials, reduce billing errors, expand number of payersThree easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments.  How a modern Electronic Health Record software can be your friend.   Over the past few years, local health departments have continued to see their budgets shrink. Federal government has mandated that all clinics, including public health, must adopt a federally certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. ... Read more...

Evidence-based Strategies: A key factor for Community Health Assessments for Public Health Community Health Assessments (CHAs) have been around for more than 20 years and are used by Local Health Departments (LHDs) to develop a 3 or 4 year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). If your county has not conducted a CHA within the last couple of years, here are some changes the North Carolina Institute for ... Read more...

Connecting to Health Information Exchange (HIE) via EHR – how it helps syndromic surveillance for public health Once all community EHRs are connected via Health Information Exchange (HIE) it will be powerful for public health departments to see real-time disease spreading statewide via syndromic surveillance and GIS mapping.   Concentrating on local community concerns, public health departments strategize on policies and tactics used to protect and improve the health of their community. This is ... Read more...