These client success stories will share insight into our customers’ EHR selection criteria, their training and implementation process, and the benefits each has seen since selecting Patagonia Health.
Turning Point Family CARE Enjoys Staggering Improvements to their Operations and Communications with Patagonia Health EHR, Practice Management and Billing Software
The TPFC staff conducted numerous meetings and vendor demos, and after over a year of research, they chose Patagonia Health EHR “because Patagonia Health was consistent with their approach, as well, they offered lots of customized features that we felt would be able to take the agency to the next level” said Darryl Stanford
Cleveland County Health Department Shares Proven EHR Implementation Best Practices for a Successful Transition
As with all public health departments, Cleveland County was faced with the task of finding a usable and affordable EHR system. The team at Cleveland County Health Department (CCHD) wanted it done right to avoid the usual pitfalls of adopting a new system. Old habits die hard, as they say, but Alisa Leonard, Director of Nursing CCHD had more in mind.
Innovative Communicator App, built into the Electronic Health Record software, makes it easy to use and administer. Old appointment reminder systems get a new twist and evolve into a targeted community outreach tool.
In today’s technology era, public health departments and other healthcare providers are faced with many reasons they have to think and function differently. The onset of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Meaningful Use (MU), and more so, a new generation of tech-savvy patients with smart phones, require them to put a modern twist on things; provide interactive and mobile-ready communications and appointment tools. “The millennials’ world evolves around technology – that’s what they want,” said Dr. Cardra Burns, Health Director, Halifax County Health Department.
Patagonia Health’s Built-in Pharmacy App Automates Pharmacy Workflow for Public Health Department at Hoke County
For public health departments and behavioral health agencies, having an in-house pharmacy is an added benefit for the patients they serve. For example, local health departments dispense family planning medications (e.g. birth control pills) as part of family planning Title X program. Similarly, behavioral health agencies dispense medications including methadone. But while providing the convenience of medication dispensing by the agency is an important part of quality care, handling the inventory and dispensing medications can be a daunting task to manage with accuracy.
Local Health Department leader’s life just became so much easier. Now, at quick glance, on any device, they can access health department data, in easy-to-view colorful graphs, anytime, and anywhere with the new Dashboard app.
For health directors (or officers or administrators) of a local health department, the number one issue is funding. As local health departments have consistently seen reduced budgets year over year, health directors have been forced to pay more attention to justifying funding. All stakeholders want more and more data to continue local health department support.
BCHD was eager to transition to and use a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system because it found that its existing software was somewhat redundant and at times difficult to use.Patagonia Health’s name surfaced at a number of meetings that the BCHD employees regularly attend, including meetings of the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors (NCALHD).”Part of the reason Patagonia Health was chosen was it was focused on aspects that are unique to public health and they are willing to work with health departments on specific public health needs,” said James Madson, the Beaufort County Health Department health director.
Patagonia Health Improves Reimbursement Turnaround, Eases Patient Scheduling and Drives Workflow Efficiencies for Multi-County Public Health Department
As Health Director of the Appalachian District Health Department, Beth Lovette, MPH, RN, continuously works to improve patient care within the public health system covering Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties in the northwestern region of North Carolina.Recently she’d been faced with mounting frustration with an antiquated, paper-based system requiring practice personnel to re-key patient data multiple times across multiple screens as well as a cumbersome and slow billing system. As a result, Lovette sought the counsel of the local Office of Rural Health for a recommendation of an EHR system to automate many of their manual processes and create operational efficiencies.
Patagonia Health EHR System Brings Continuity of Care, Faster Reimbursement and Streamlined Reviews to FOCUS Behavioral Health Services
Pam Douglas, program director of FOCUS Behavioral Health, oversees a staff of more than 90 clinicians, healthcare providers and other support personnel across a four-county system in the foothills of North Carolina. FOCUS Behavioral Health provides 24/7 residential, outpatient and day treatment services for children and their families. Federal mandates and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a national accrediting body, require the implementation of an EHR system for paperless records and transparent billing lifecycle. In order to meet federal funding requirements and receive full CARF accreditation, Douglas and her leadership team had to find an affordable EHR solution that would also ultimately improve billing processes and internal workflow efficiencies.
Cabarrus County is the first county in the state of North Carolina to have a school nurse in every school. These nurses serve the more than 36,000 students who attend K-12 schools across the county. Each day, approximately 240 Cabarrus County students per hour are seen by a school nurse. This translates to five students per hour, per school.