Patagonia Health regularly sits down with experts in the healthcare industry to gain insight on the changing healthcare landscape, the challenges and opportunities providers are facing, and the future of public health. Click on any one of the links below to read an interview.
Expert Interview – Rebecca Williams, MHS, PhD, Research Associate, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Prevention and Control
Rebecca Williams discusses the research, regulations and challenges of e-cigarettes
Julia Caplan shares California’s Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force initiative, the correlation of environmental factors on public health, and the role of data in preventing disease.
Expert Interview: Marni Mason, BSN, MBA, Healthcare Performance Measurement & Improvement Consultant, MarMason Consulting, LLC
Marni Mason discusses the importance of data and teamwork for a successful approach to quality improvement efforts in healthcare environments
Matt Simon, MA, GISP talks about the benefit of using Collect SMART to simplify community surveys through digital data collection and analysis.
Collect SMART is a Survey Management and Response Tool developed by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), and utilizes a CDC sampling
Ross Martin shares his insights on why Health Information Exchange is in many ways the reason that Electronic Health Records (EHR) need to exist.
A Coder’s Perspective: Veteran ICD coder, Laurie A. Poulin, shares her perspectives and advice about the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
“Electronic health records are very helpful because we have access to such a variety of records for each patient. This allows us to get very specific with the codes.” read more…
Expert Interview: Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Dean and Director of Public Health Initiatives, College of Health Sciences, TN State University
Dr. Stephanie Bailey talks about the distinction between healthcare, public health and population health.
“Health departments are slow to get to the cutting edge. They’re used to dealing with the day-to-day things and the task burden…” read more…
“When organizations value reflection and learning as part of their cultures, they ensure they don’t lose what’s worked well in the past, while building on fresh, new ideas for the future.”
“I think public health organizations have an opportunity to reframe the public conversation about what health means. When health is defined broadly…” Read more…
Expert Interview: Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, Health Officer & Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County
Read Dr. Sherin’s views on how mobile technology can increase reach and reduce cost while cloud computing can make health data secure.
“A public health EHR system with effective data exchange and new apps and technologies can help us all to get started and become more efficient across regions.” Read more…
Expert Interview: Anna Schenck, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, UNC Gillings Schools of Global Public Health
“I often say that if there’s someone out there that doesn’t love public health, than they just don’t know us!” Anna Schenck
“One thing that is a hallmark of public health is the data piece. We do surveillance and monitoring of conditions that influence health, examining them by “person,” “place” and “time.” That is considered one of the core functions of public health…” Read more…
Expert Interview: John Graham, PhD, Senior Investigator, NC Institute for Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
John Graham stresses the need for providers to more effectively use EHR data to provide them with decision support.
“We obviously need to continue to develop sophistication in terms of the use of health information technology in regards to community health assessment mapping and other analytics tools. We need to continue…” Read more…
Dr. Susan Zepeda encourages the use of EHRs for disease surveillance and improved population health.
“So many of the opportunities available for health departments will require them to form new partnerships in the community. They are responsible for community health. You can’t do that in isolation, and you never could. But the need to be connected is even more apparent…” Read more…
Expert Interview: Robert Pestronk, Executive Director, The National Association of County and City Health Officials
Robert Pestronk encourages local health department leaders to learn new vocabularies and learn the language of business, foundations and communities.
“I’m convinced from my own work that better health is possible with information, intent, and with a culture and environment that surrounds people and allows them to be healthy…” Read more…
“We need to look outside of our traditional partnerships and consider more non-traditional relationships between the public and private sectors. And we all need to advocate for public health funding and programs at the state and local…” Read more…