Now that you have an Electronic Health Record, what is your strategy for scanning medical records? All local health departments and private practices have old paper charts. As part of the implementation and training process, your EHR vendor should work with you to define an appropriate scanning strategy/approach. Based on the volume of scanning involved, most health organizations purchase or use office scanners which meet their needs of speed, efficiency and ... Read more...

Do you have a Smart EHR? Find out Now Smart EHRRemember flip phones? OK, I know some people who still use them, but today most people would be lost without a smart phone. They want to be able to access real-time data any time and anywhere. They want to easily communicate and stay connected. They want personal apps at their fingertips. So imagine an intuitive ... Read more...

Working Together: Top 10 Public Health Achievements in 10 year span. How can local health departments continue to make more impact? Remember 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? Is 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! There 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 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...