What’s happening with Title X Family Planning? The Title X Family Planning program, originally established as Title X of the Public Health Service Act in 1970, is a federal grant program dedicated to providing low-income individuals with comprehensive family planning services based on their ability to pay.   Title X clinical service providers include state, county and local health departments, community centers, Planned Parenthood ... Read more...

Will your staff use and adopt your new Electronic Health Record EHR software? Easy EHR    There are stories of new EHRs being bought and not used by the staff. Why is that? How do you make sure the EHR you select will get used? In one of our previous blog articles we discussed the 7+1 bonus steps for EHR selection. The most important +1 bonus talked about ease-of-use. Ease-of-use really ... Read more...

Survey indicates mobile technology is critical to healthcare industry Results from the third annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey are in, and not surprisingly, they point toward an increased appetite for mobile technology usage in healthcare. 170 healthcare IT and clinical personnel weighed in via the survey. Here are some of the key insights: Fifty-nine percent of respondents have a mobile technology plan. Another 29 percent ... Read more...

Do you qualify for Meaningful Use exclusions or hardships? CMS offers exclusions and hardship exceptions for Meaningful Use Stage 2 when Broadband Internet is not available   Meaningful use stage 2 has several objectives that require the use of broadband internet; ePrescribing (eRx), Patient Electronic Access, Summary of Care, and Electronic Messaging. However, internet service is not always available to the patient, the facility, or both. ... Read more...

Sure, price is important when buying an EHR. What is the next most important thing for a Local Health Department? You may be surprised.   Local health departments across the nation have seen their budgets reduce year over year while expenses continue to rise. However, we all know Electronic Health Record (EHR) software will bring needed efficiencies while complying with federal EHR meaningful use ... Read more...

Medical Record Errors: They’re more likely than you think. What can we learn from Wikipedia?   “Look in your medical record, odds are you’ll find a mistake” is the headline of the article written by Laura Landro, assistant managing editor for the Wall Street Journal. This is an extremely relevant issue that affects both patients and healthcare providers. In fact, Landro states:   “Studies show errors can occur ... Read more...