Texting is Now a Vital Part of Patient CommunicationsTexting is Now a Vital Part of Patient Communications

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred clinicians and healthcare agencies across the nation to make technology changes in order to see and treat patients safely. It has also changed patient communications. Telehealth and contactless patient experience have become more commonplace and texting has also become an increased part of patient communications. COVID-19 has increased the need ...
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IM+Cans: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health Clinical ToolsIM+Cans: A Paradigm Shift in Behavioral Health Clinical Tools

IM+Cans (Illinois Medicaid Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths) is a tool that was developed in Illinois by Dr. John S. Lyons. There are two aspects to this tool. The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) are multi-purpose tools developed to support care planning and level ...
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The Cures Act: How EHRs Play a PartThe Cures Act: How EHRs Play a Part

The Cures Act went into effect in April 2021, and it is meant to bar all healthcare providers and clinics from blocking a patient from being presented their patient data upon request. However, some people have misinterpreted what that legislation actually means. A common misconception is that this means that a patient’s data/chart should be ...
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Complete EHR Solutions: Weaving the Golden ThreadComplete EHR Solutions: Weaving the Golden Thread

The Golden Thread is a form of documentation that supports a meaningful client narrative throughout the journey of their care. EHR systems are used in conjunction with this form of documentation and offer a method of allowing a client’s data to be recorded and viewed in such a manner that very little time is used, ...
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Trend of Health Information Exchanges Merging and LinkingTrend of Health Information Exchanges Merging and Linking

There is a trend of Health Information Exchanges merging and linking across the US, spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are set up to be places where medical providers can share patient data for easy medical record exchanges with other providers that are also participating with their HIE. HIEs are typically ...
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How to Defend Against the Rise of RansomwareHow to Defend Against the Rise of Ransomware

Cybersecurity has been a major concern with the rise of ransomware incidents over the past few years. This form of cyber attack is an ever-growing problem that affects many industries but often targets healthcare organizations. By knowing what vulnerabilities to watch out for, using a secure Electronic Health Record (EHR), and educating your staff on ...
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