Medical Record Errors: They’re more likely than you think. What can we learn from Wikipedia?   “Look in your medical record, odds are you’ll find a mistake” is the headline of the article written by Laura Landro, assistant managing editor for the Wall Street Journal. This is an extremely relevant issue that affects both patients and healthcare providers. In fact, Landro states:   “Studies show errors can occur ... Read more...

7+1 bonus steps for EHR selection for local health departments With the federal mandate of using an Electronic Health Record (EHR), local health departments are diving in selecting an appropriate EHR. The fact that local health departments are way behind with EHR adoption compared to other medical practices, the situation is more urgent. Only 22% of local health departments have some sort of an EHR ... Read more...

The power of data in a blackout: LHD preparedness & emergency response power of data in a black out  The importance of data is a recurring theme in the current healthcare environment. For public health providers, whose focus is primarily on preventing disease and illness within their communities, staying one step ahead of potential issues is critical. So when a group of scientists recognized a key concern among public health officials, they developed an ... Read more...

When it comes to EHR adoption, where does public health rank? When it comes to the adoption of EHR software, the answer to the question “Who’s making the switch?” might surprise you—or not.   Of course, more and more providers are implementing EHRs today—78 percent of office-based physicians used some type of EHR system in 2013, up from 18 percent in 2001—but who has been the most likely ... Read more...

Patients like the convenience of mobile health but doctors are hesitant. Why? The use of mobile technologies is exploding globally. Everyone seems to have a mobile phone or be using a computer with Wi-Fi. We all like the convenience of anytime, anywhere access. And now, Mobile Health, or mHealth as it is commonly referred to, is a top emerging trend in healthcare—but there’s an important debate going ... Read more...

Are fist-bumps the new handshake for public health? fist-bump to prevent transfer of infectious disease  How local health departments can have fun reducing the spread of infections! The handshake, thought by some to have originated as a gesture of peace, is on its way out. This ancient form of greeting has been practiced as far back as the 5th century BC. So why is there a push to ban the common ... Read more...