The 5 A’s for Smoking Cessation Interventions Quit Smoking“The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 7 million people a year” according to the World Health Organization.  Of those deaths, more than 6 million are caused by direct tobacco use while another 890,000 are the result of second-hand smoke exposure.   The 5 A’s ... Read more...

DHHS recommends healthcare providers migrate from legacy EHR to more secure cloud environments cloud securityIn the June 2017 “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry” published by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, it was noted that many healthcare agencies are still running patient records databases on legacy systems. And not only are these systems subject to more successful hacking, ... Read more...

What is an Immunization Registry and How Does your Healthcare Organization Benefit? Immunization RegistryWith the advancement of healthcare technology and electronic health records (EHR) through the Meaningful Use mandates, connectivity and information sharing has become increasingly available as healthcare turns to preventative care and care coordination. In fact, all immunizations given are required by all medical clinics to be recorded in the state immunization registry. If you are ... Read more...

2-Factor Authentication: A shield for PHI against hackers PHI 2 Factor AuthenticationProtected Health Information (PHI) is hacked, stolen or misused with regularity and more than need be.  Sometimes you can’t help HIPAA breaches, but often times there are measures you can and should take to protect and secure PHI data.   All health care agencies must abide by the HIPPA and HITECH laws, but it is within their ... Read more...

Working together: How can Public Health and Primary Care help improve population health? Primary CarePublic health and primary care are natural partners for addressing the challenges in today’s healthcare system and solving the issues of population health. With the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and healthcare reform the need to work together to improve wellness and health outcomes has never been greater. In a value-based healthcare system, primary care providers ... Read more...

Pushing Mental Healthcare Quality to the Forefront Mental HealthAfter the United States House narrowly  passed the American Health Care Act, numerous mental health and behavioral health providers are concerned for the effects of healthcare reform on the ability to access quality mental health services for vulnerable populations.   Some of the most vulnerable citizens in the United States are persons with serious mental illness, intellectual ... Read more...