Family Planning Clinics Kick Off the New Year with Cervical Health Focus Cervical Health Awareness MonthFamily planning clinics are promoting Cervical Health Awareness Month – and we all should applaud!   Per, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition:  “Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).”   We should stand up and applaud:  in a world of ... Read more...

A Healthy EHR = a Healthy Bottom Line: “No blood clots allowed!” aorta diagramGetting the bottom line healthy for any health-care related clinic or business is the business equivalent of the aorta to the human body: it is the life-line for health to abound for both patients and employees.   The overall health of a person’s body is keenly tied to blood successfully flowing through the aorta – the largest ... Read more...

Will Mental Health Providers get EHR Incentives? EHR Incentives for Behavioral HealthH.R. 3331, a bill to “amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology” was introduced to Congress on July 20, 2017, by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). Additionally, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) ... Read more...

3 Ways (+1 bonus) EHR Data Helps Calm the Opioid Crisis Using EHR data to help kick the opioid habitCoordinating patient information through EHR data, and shared among healthcare providers, leads to better, more focused care to patients.  A complete picture emerges of the various health aspects of each individual, including physical health and mental health.  In the case of licit opioid use (e.g. oxycodone) often physical health problems initially warrant opioid use, but ... Read more...

EHR Customer Satisfaction: UPswing! EHR Customer satisfaction upbeatResults of the 2017 HEALTHCARE IT NEWS “EHR Satisfaction Survey” indicate a move in the positive direction for respondents in feeling that their providers and not only listening to their concerns but are also evolving their systems in responsiveness to user feedback – in other words, EHR customer satisfaction is on the rise.  “It is ... Read more...

In the Aftermath of Hurricanes, Your Choice of EHR Matters Hurricane satellite imageNames have meaning.  Names have value and communicate more than the syllables pronounced.  In the face of the weather which has pummeled the United States this past month, now these names have meaning:  Harvey.  Irma. Maria. And most recently, Nate.   Per the AMA “Morning Rounds” web news of October 5, 2017, “Damage from Hurricane Maria could ... Read more...