Overcome the Unexpected Challenges of EHR Implementation When adopting a new electronic health records (EHR) or any new technology, there are always challenges.  The challenge of learning how to use it well in order to fully maximize its benefits, and the challenge of reorganizing processes and upgrading equipment to accommodate abrupt changes.  These obstacles are to be expected.  But what about those ... Read more...

EHRs Can Improve Efficiency of High Volume Immunizations Immunizations are an important service offering of Public Health Departments and Community Health Centers, including FQHCs.  The flu vaccine for this season alone, for example, will be somewhere between 171 and 179 million doses for the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This makes the administration of immunizations and inventory ... Read more...

The FDA issues Guidelines Covering EHR Data in Clinical Trials As Electronic Health Records (EHRs) become more prolific, their use and value in ongoing and new clinical trials becomes more important and also a point of confusion and contention on data quality and privacy concerns in the industry. A new document released by the US Food and Drug Administration is intended as guidance for principle ... Read more...

Combating Misinformation in your Health Department or FQHC Advancements in technology have greatly improved efficiency and outcomes for both healthcare providers and patients. Electronic Health Records (EHR) help to advance clinical care coordination and billing, medical technology innovations have provided new, cost effective treatments, and continued research improves knowledge and data every day.   But along with the good, technology has also brought new problems ... Read more...

HHS begins awarding funds to FQHCs to combat Zika The Zika virus continues to dominate health news and new research as organizations work to determine the best route to combat the spread of the virus. Increasing concern is the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be hosted in Rio de Janiero, Brazil – one of the South American countries most affected by the current outbreak. ... Read more...

Revised EHR Incentive Program Could Get Behavioral Health and Public Health Agencies on the Same Team According to HealthIT.gov, “an estimated 26% of Americans age 18 and older are living with a mental health disorder in any given year, and 46% will have a mental health disorder over the course of their lifetime. In addition, an estimated 8% of Americans are in need of drug or alcohol abuse treatment.”  Mental health and drug ... Read more...