Is the value of participating in Health Information Exchange (HIE) worth it for public health departments? Is the value of participating in Health Information Exchange (HIE) worth it for public health departments?Is 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 Dealing with Change: Managing the Uncertainty in Healthcare    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 8 Common HIPAA Breaches to Avoid and What to Look for in Your EHRAll 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...

10 Tips for Successful EHR Implementation from the Trenches of Kansas 10 Tips for Successful EHR Implementation from the Trenches of KansasThe process of selecting and implementing a new Electronic Health Record software can be plagued with many unexpected challenges if not well planned out.   In 2015/2016, Aaron Davis, Project Manager for the Center for Public Health Initiatives of the Community Engagement Institute at Wichita State University worked closely with a large group of Kansas public ... Read more...

Check your Tables: Common UDS Reporting Mistakes Check your Tables: Common UDS Reporting MistakesFor HRSA Funded Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Look-Alikes (FQHC-LA) who received their grants before October 2016, it is time to start filing your annual Uniform Data System (UDS) reports for the 2016 service year. The first due date for UDS is February 15, 2017 (although they are sometimes flexible with this date) and ... Read more...

Using EHR data to select candidates for HIV PrEP Using EHR data to select candidates for HIV PrEPThe increase in medical technology including Electronic Health Records (EHR) has greatly increased the amount of available health data for both research and treatment. Many public health departments, community health centers (FQHC), and private practice have already made the move. HIV clinics are also seeing the benefits of increased data and treatment outcomes for patients ... Read more...