CMS and ONC Propose New Rules for Interoperability CMS and ONC Propose New Rules for Interoperability The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The rules were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The intention of ... Read more...

Inside Behavioral Health: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Inside Behavioral Health: Suicide Awareness and Prevention Did you know suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States? Suicide is complicated. Tragic. But most of all, it’s often preventable. A critical starting point is suicide awareness. Knowing the warning signs, methods for prevention and where to go for help or resources. Additionally, it is crucial any suicidal talk ... 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...