Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Public Health vs Personal Choice. How can meaningful use EHR help keep public safe? VaccineDespite recent popularity on the internet and media, vaccines have been used and developed for nearly 200 years. A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. Their prevalent use in industrialized countries has dramatically improved overall population health and eradicated or nearly eradicated many diseases that were once ... Read more...

HIV PrEP Use in Public Health: Taming a Chronic Problem HIV PrEP Public Health EHRPre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but are at substantial risk of contracting it to prevent HIV infections by taking a pill every day. It has been proven to be extremely effective at combating the spread of HIV infection. When taken consistently, HIV PrEP has been shown ... Read more...

Keeping Patient Safety a Priority in your Health Center Patient SafetyPatient safety can mean a lot of things depending on your public health department or community health center. But at its core, patient safety is about how your organization prevents and protects patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. While often considered an issue for hospitals or facilities with impatient care, patient safety can and ... Read more...

Health in All Policies – What it means for Mental Health Recently we published an interview with Julia Caplan, the program manager for California Public Health’s Health in All Policies Task Force. The American Public Health Association describes Health in All Policies as a collaborative approach to improve health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. Similarly, NACCHO’s Environmental Health in All Policies ... Read more...

The 6 Steps EHR Selection & Implementation: Plan for Planning Successful EHR Selection and ImplementationSelecting and implementing a new Electronic Health Record System(EHR) is, and should be, a great task for any size public health department or community health center. On average, transition to a new EHR will take a public health department approximately 8-12 months. Some organizations may take less time and others more; it all depends on ... Read more...

Can Electronic Health Records help Public Health win the war against Tuberculosis ? Public Health and tuberculosisAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an overall 2.2% decline in the number of active cases of Tuberculosis since 1993.  There are of course exceptions, such as the state of Washington which is up 7% this year.  TB kills more than 4,000 people every day, worldwide, and approximately ... Read more...