The power of data in a blackout: LHD preparedness & emergency response power of data in a black out  The importance of data is a recurring theme in the current healthcare environment. For public health providers, whose focus is primarily on preventing disease and illness within their communities, staying one step ahead of potential issues is critical. So when a group of scientists recognized a key concern among public health officials, they developed an ... Read more...

When it comes to EHR adoption, where does public health rank? When it comes to the adoption of EHR software, the answer to the question “Who’s making the switch?” might surprise you—or not.   Of course, more and more providers are implementing EHRs today—78 percent of office-based physicians used some type of EHR system in 2013, up from 18 percent in 2001—but who has been the most likely ... Read more...

Patients like the convenience of mobile health but doctors are hesitant. Why? The use of mobile technologies is exploding globally. Everyone seems to have a mobile phone or be using a computer with Wi-Fi. We all like the convenience of anytime, anywhere access. And now, Mobile Health, or mHealth as it is commonly referred to, is a top emerging trend in healthcare—but there’s an important debate going ... Read more...

Are fist-bumps the new handshake for public health? fist-bump to prevent transfer of infectious disease  How local health departments can have fun reducing the spread of infections! The handshake, thought by some to have originated as a gesture of peace, is on its way out. This ancient form of greeting has been practiced as far back as the 5th century BC. So why is there a push to ban the common ... Read more...

What is the Difference Between EMR and EHR The terms “Electronic Medical Records” (EMR) and “Electronic Health Records” (EHR) are so often used interchangeably and also incorrectly. There are some important distinctions between the two, especially in Public Health settings! Let us simplify it for you. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), simply put, are just the digital version of the traditional paper charts in medical ... Read more...

The Center for Healthy North Carolina releases its latest “Snapshot of Success” Calling all North Carolina Public Health Departments! Will you join the cause for a healthier state? “Healthy NC 2020 serves as our state’s health improvement plan, which will address and improve our state’s most pressing health priorities. Our goal is to be one of the healthiest states in the nation.” -the Center for Healthy North ... Read more...