How can EHR help with Evidence-Based Approach to improving patient health? According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “the practice of evidence-based public health (EBPH) is an integration of science-based interventions with community preferences for improving population health”   It makes sense to focus limited public health resources on implementing strategies that have already proven to be effective in producing positive health outcomes. These evidence-based ... Read more...

Are local health departments ready to share medical information via patient portal? As part of federal meaningful use, clinics are required to communicate with patients via a Patient portal. Engaging patients in their healthcare and sharing medical information via a patient portal is expected to improve outcomes. By logging into a web-based patient portal, patients can view select information such as allergies, medication list, problems list, and ... Read more...

Can public health departments do more with less? Because we are on the edge of a crisis with the Ebola virus, people are finally noticing Public Health. When Public Health is doing their job, nobody even notices them. But when grave errors are made, the general public and the media is quick to criticize. But who is at fault here? Are the health ... Read more...

Can 7-Eleven help improve public health?   Step-up to promote healthy choices and improve public health awareness.   In a previous blog I answered the question “What is Public Health?” In a nut shell, public health departments provide quality clinical services, provide safe environments, educate their communities and increase awareness. This is a huge undertaking for anyone. Fortunately, the community and other public ... Read more...

Ebola on our minds Because we are involved in the Public Health sector (and interested), it is hard not to follow the Ebola epidemic. Every news station aired has one story or another about new cases and reactions of the communities; the thousands affected in West Africa, and at least 17 travelers from other countries, including the United States.   The ... Read more...

What is it? EHR Management Dashboard App for local health departments A “Dashboard” provides users a quick view of overall performance of a system. For example, we are all used to a car dashboard which provides a quick view of performance of a car and its sophisticated engine. Car dashboards provide driver performance information (e.g. speed), indicators (e.g. remaining fuel, engine temperature) and warning alerts (engine ... Read more...