What is the NC HIE? What is the NC HIE?North Carolina behavioral health providers are buzzing about the statewide mandate to connect to the health information exchange (HIE) – NC HealthConnex. But, many are unclear as to what exactly it is and what they need to do. What is NC HealthConnex? NC HealthConnex is the state-designated health information exchange. It’s designed to link various health systems ... Read more...

Inside Behavioral Health: The Science of Substance Use Disorder Inside Behavioral Health: The Science of Substance Use DisorderIn order to help those battling Substance Use Disorder, it’s important to understand addiction. Not only addiction, but how the addicted brain works, as well. Once this is understood, the right behavioral health therapies can be implemented to help aid in recovery.  What is Substance Use Disorder? There’s a fine line between regular drug use and drug ... Read more...

Digital Voice Assistants in Healthcare Digital Voice Assistants in HealthcareOne of the most disruptive technologies today are digital voice assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant. Whether used for shopping or controlling home entertainment, this technology is quickly expanding into many arenas outside the home. Does it have a place in healthcare? Various voice-dictation softwares have already been used for many years ... Read more...

Best-of-Breed or All-in-One? Which EHR is Right for You? Best-of-Breed or All-in-One? Which EHR is Right for You?With a one-system-fits all approach, the functionality and service (technology and user support) may not be everything you or your patients need. This compromises patient safety and leads to staff burn out. When selecting an EHR, you may wish to consider a best-of-breed approach. Best-of-Breed Approach to EHR Selection When selecting an Electronic Health Record (EHR), many ... Read more...

Inside Behavioral Health: 8 Warning Signs of Mental Illness Inside Behavioral Health: 8 Warning Signs of Mental IllnessMental disorders are common and widespread. You might be surprised to know an estimated 54 million Americans suffer from mental illness in any given year. 1 What is mental illness? A mental illness is a disease causing disturbances in thought and/or behavior. This results in a person’s inability to cope with life’s typical demands and routines. There are ... Read more...

Millennials’ Dark Side: Change-makers of Life Expectancy Millennials’ Dark Side: Change-makers of Life ExpectancyAnd now the Milliennial discussion takes a very hard and very dark turn … and leads us down a path toward a subject impacting nearly every sector of healthcare:  the opioid crisis. Prepare to read the most startling sentence we have come across in a long time: “US millennials are now dying at such high rates that ... Read more...