4 Reasons Not Conducting a Security Risk Assessment Can Cost You Money Security Risk AssessmentA Security Risk Assessment (SRA) is an analysis of your healthcare organization or associated business for any potential threats or issues in handling protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and accountability Act (HIPAA). It is also mandatory for all Covered Entities under the HIPAA security rule and needs to be performed annually. ... Read more...

No more “Do It Yourself (DIY) Electronic Health Records (EHR)” Electronic Health RecordsOver twenty years ago, I started my career in the human services software industry, focusing on public and mental health. Back then, the software was 100% proprietary and was mainly used for billing and reporting systems. They ran software on expensive RISC based UNIX systems and the servers alone, to run the software, were well ... Read more...

A Balancing Act for Public Health Departments. Here are three things you should focus on. Public Health EHRAchieving Maximum Productivity and Performance: A Balancing Act for Public Health Departments. Here are three things you should focus on.   There are three legs of a stool that every business, practice or department must balance to achieve maximum productivity and performance. Those are Product, Process and People. Balancing and optimally using all three legs of  this ... Read more...

Is the value of participating in Health Information Exchange (HIE) worth it for public health departments? HIE for Public Health DepartmentsIs it critical for a public health department to connect to a health information exchange (HIE)? Over the past several years, the answer to this question has been a confused “I don’t know enough about HIEs to know.” So, what has changed? For one, EHRs, which not only compile data, but also can standardize data fields, ... Read more...

Dealing with Change: Managing the Uncertainty in Healthcare Community Health EHR    Regardless of the size of your public health department, community health center, or practice, dealing with changes in regulations or workflow in your clinic can make any average staff member nervous. But change is both important and necessary. It ensures your practice remaining compliant to state and federal regulations and improving patient care and clinic ... Read more...

8 Common HIPAA Breaches to Avoid and What to Look for in Your EHR hipaa breachesAll across the country Public Health Departments and Community Health Centers including FQHCs experience many forms of HIPAA breaches and violations.  Often, these breaches are unintended but not always.  So, understanding where employees fall short can help your staff prevent many common breaches.   Some of the most common breaches to be aware of are:   Improper ... Read more...