What is Interoperability? Interoperability with a Behavioral Health EHRAccording to the 21st Century Cures Act, interoperability refers to health information technology that does three things. Firstly, it enables electronic health information to be easily exchanged. Secondly, interoperability allows authorized professionals to access, exchange and use the health information. Lastly, it does not allow for information blocking. Benefits of Interoperability The ultimate goal of interoperability, ... Read more...

Connecting to NC HealthConnex Connecting to NC HealthConnexAll healthcare providers who receive state funds, such as Medicaid, are required to connect to NC HealthConnex by June 1, 2019. If your agency isn’t connected in time, you may be unable to receive payments for services you provide. However, many behavioral health agencies don’t know what connecting to the health information exchange (HIE) fully ... Read more...

What is the NC HIE? NC HealthConnexNorth 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 Behavioral Health 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 and 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? EHR SelectionWith 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...