Patagonia Health Connects to Multiple State-Run Immunization Registries

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Patagonia Health Connects to Multiple State-Run Immunization Registries

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Patagonia Health has connected to multiple state-run Immunization Registries (IRs) nationwide. We have connected to as many as 24 of these state registries across the United States, with over 130 current clients, and more connections pending in those states.

We started connecting to these state-run Immunization Registries via our Immunization App after our customers began to request the feature in 2014. We started out in North Carolina, then we branched into Maryland and continued to expand.

 Just in the last 12 months, we have connected to the following:

State-run immunization registries each have their own regulations and standards. We ensure that Patagonia Health’s EHR complies with all standards necessary to provide our clients with accessible and secure data from these state-run registries. 

“As a primary program of most Public Health departments, immunization can be a high-volume service. At Patagonia Health, our Immunization App significantly improves the efficiency of the workflow and accuracy of the data collection. Efficient workflow allows nurses to see more patients and accurate data collection allows the information to be shared with greater ease.  Providing timely and accurate data to State Immunization Registries helps guide Public Health actions within our communities. At Patagonia Health, we have a successful track record of connecting to and sharing data with many state IZ registries across the nation.” 

Don Sargent, VP of Customer Experience at Patagonia Health

By connecting our EHR with multiple state-run immunization registries, we help our customers in Public Health obtain the information they need to serve their patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. We strive to serve those who serve others with our solutions. Making our EHR interoperable with more of these registries is just one more way Patagonia Health is pushing to meet our clients’ needs. 

About Patagonia Health, Inc.

Patagonia Health is a living Electronic Health Record (EHR) software designed to meet the complex needs and desired health outcomes of Public Health and Behavioral Health organizations. Their federally certified, easy-to-learn platform includes integrated practice management and billing software so clients get one end-to-end solution. Employee-owned and organically grown, their mission is to support their client’s businesses with software and service that allows them to provide their patients with the care they deserve. For more information, visit Patagonia Health’s solutions, visit https://patagoniahealth.com.

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Inflation and the Need for Telehealth Access

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Telehealth access was the safest access to care in the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as COVID-19 vaccination rates and hospitalizations improve, telehealth is not going away. Rising inflation and gas prices due to the pandemic have created limitations on access to care. Let us show you how telehealth access can resolve these current challenges.

How Telehealth Access Mitigates General Inflation


General inflation has had an increase of almost 8% since the start of 2021. The increase in housing prices (renting and buying) and groceries, has jumped dramatically along with it. According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index, home prices increased in 2021 by 18.8%. This is the biggest increase in 34 years. Grocery costs are already up and expected to rise another 6% over the course of 2022. 

Telehealth access is a solution to the inflation that has been sweeping the United States. Telehealth visits are often less expensive than in-person visits. Lower prices in healthcare prevent more people from getting priced out of care.

How Telehealth Access Mitigates Rising Gas Prices

Gas prices are currently at an all-time high. The national average price for gas was around $2.796 one year ago, and as of March 2022, it was about $4.252. With rising gas prices spreading throughout the country, it makes a drive into the clinic more costly. Your clients and clinicians who live in rural areas will likely be hit the hardest by this. 

Clinicians having the opportunity to work remotely can help with employee retention. If your staff’s salaries are not being adjusted in the immediate term due to rising gas prices, you can at least help them save money.

Telehealth access allows your staff and clients to stay home for any care that can be provided remotely. This allows you to continue access to care that would have been strained or eliminated on either the patient or the clinician side due to rising prices. 

How Telehealth Pays for Itself

Rising inflation and gas prices have a negative effect on everybody’s wallets. Having telehealth access allows clients to be billed at a lower rate than an in-person visit. Your clients and clinicians save money on gas, and the money that would’ve been used for gas can be used for other expenses like groceries and housing. Telehealth access definitely helps save money. But how can telehealth access help you net more income?

With telehealth access available, more clients are likely to book appointments, which results in more billing (even if it is at a lower rate). This allows there to be more funding for operations at your clinic which, in turn, allows you to provide care to more of your community members. 

What Telehealth Solution is Best for You

Get a telehealth solution that is embedded in your EHR. An integrated telehealth app streamlines your workflow and eliminates juggling another piece of tech. When your telehealth tool and EHR are synced, you can eliminate duplicate entry for encounter notes. Furthermore, a telehealth tool within a HIPAA-compliant EHR will be secure and compliant with the latest standards and requirements. It is often less expensive to have an integrated solution also.

Ask your EHR vendor if they have a telehealth access app for their EHR solution. 

About Patagonia Health, Inc.

Patagonia Health is a living Electronic Health Record (EHR) software designed to meet the complex needs and desired health outcomes of Public Health and Behavioral Health organizations. Our federally certified, the easy-to-learn platform includes integrated practice management and billing software so you get one end-to-end solution. Employee-owned and organically grown, our mission is to support your business with software and service that allows you to provide your patients with the care they deserve. If you’d like more information about our solutions, contact us today.

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EHR Total Cost of Ownership: Pricing You can Trust

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The EHR Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a significant factor to think about when looking for a new EHR. You need to know how much money you’ll pay for your solution. Are you tired of vendors who are are not upfront about the costs you may pay over the life of your contract? 

We’ve broken down why not having the Total Cost of Ownership upfront leaves room for unwelcome surprises, and how you can find a vendor you can trust.

What is Total Cost of Ownership?

An EHR Total Cost of Ownership is a quote for the total amount you will be paying throughout the contract with your software provider, including the technology and services. It includes the initial software, implementation costs, annual maintenance, possible upgrade fees, and support costs. These costs are what you will pay to put in place, operate, maintain, and support your new EHR system.

The EHR Total Cost of Ownership takes the following costs into account: 

  • Long-term costs
  • Short-term costs
  • Direct costs
  • Indirect costs

What varies in EHR Total Cost of Ownership quotes? 

The EHR Total Cost of Ownership will vary by license fees. The price range quoted is based upon your organization’s size, number of patients, number of claims, number of staff, etc. EHR modules may also have separate fees, or they may be included in the total cost as part of your base solution. All of these will be clearly outlined in your TCO quote. 

Why is not having an EHR Total Cost of Ownership bad?

Have you ever been victim to hidden costs, surprise fees, and “nickel and diming”? If a vendor is not providing your EHR Total Cost of Ownership upfront, you may end up paying some hidden fees for things such as: 

  • Implementation help
  • Training your staff 
  • Workflow redesign
  • Security 
  • Customization
  • Upgrades/Add-ons 
  • 3rd party software

A vendor who is trustworthy will provide the TCO so that you are not left with surprises that put you out of budget. Customer-focused EHR vendors understand the need for excellent customer service and fiscal “bookends.” Make sure any vendors you are considering will ensure their EHR solution price and include things like unlimited support, unlimited report assistance, and no additional transaction fees. 

About Patagonia Health, Inc.

Patagonia Health is a living Electronic Health Record (EHR) software designed to meet the complex needs and desired health outcomes of Public Health and Behavioral Health organizations. Our federally certified, easy-to-learn platform includes integrated practice management and billing software so you get one end-to-end solution. Employee-owned and organically grown, our mission is to support your business with software and service that allows you to provide your patients with the care they deserve. If you’d like more information about our solutions, contact us today.

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Patagonia Health Offers Free 2-Factor Authentication for EHR

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Patagonia Health, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) software company serving Public Health agencies and Behavioral Health clinics, offers free 2-factor authentication for EHR customers. In today’s digital world, data security plays a vital role. There have been increasing cybersecurity threats to healthcare agencies. This extra authentication step secures protected health information (PHI) from ransomware attacks.

Healthcare agencies abide by HIPAA and HITECH laws to secure protected health information. Even with encrypted data, a healthcare agency can be at risk of breach. Passwords can be especially vulnerable to hackers. 2-factor authentication (2FA) utilizes one-time passwords (OTP) accessed via SMS or email. This second security layer confirms the identity of the person signing in. 2FA is essential when sharing or accessing PHI data through outside networks. For this reason, 2-factor authentication for EHR makes remote work safer.

“Cyber attacks and phishing scams are becoming more and more sophisticated. Providing Two-Factor Authentication ensures health records are more than just a login and password away. Our customers, and the communities they serve, deserve the peace of mind knowing we are diligently securing their Protected Health Information.”

Amos Slaymaker, VP Sales and Marketing, Patagonia Health

Patagonia Health EHR gives Practice Administrators easy access to configure 2-factor authentication. 2FA can be set up so all users logging in must enter a 6-digit code received on their registered SMS or email address. 2FA is not required for HIPAA/ HITECH compliance but helps secure patient data further. Health agencies are still liable for data security, even when work devices are offsite.

Patagonia Health pushes Healthcare IT forward with its innovative and secure EHR technologies. Their modern, cloud, app-based solution is designed with modern security challenges in mind. Their latest security and encryption best practices meet HIPAA and HITECH standards for meaningful use. Offering free 2-factor authentication for EHR customers is another level of protection for them.

About Patagonia Health, Inc.

Patagonia Health is a living Electronic Health Record (EHR) software designed to meet the complex needs and desired health outcomes of Public Health and Behavioral Health organizations. Their federally-certified, easy-to-learn platform includes integrated practice management and billing software so clients get one end-to-end solution. Employee-owned and organically grown, their mission is to support their client’s businesses with software and service that allows them to provide their patients with the care they deserve. For more information, visit Patagonia Health’s solutions, visit https://patagoniahealth.com.

Are EHR and EMR the Same Thing?

Are EHR and EMR the same thing?

Are EHR and EMR the same thing? Sometimes the terms Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) are used interchangeably. These are very different technologies. It’s important to know the difference. 

What is an EMR?

An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is the digital version of a paper chart used in medical practices, unique to the individual provider or practice. These digital charts contain notes captured in the practice setting using the EMR. An EMR works well within that practice. The information does not travel outside the practice easily; however. It typically requires printing the record on paper to transfer it elsewhere.

Patient Information Accessible in an EMR:

  1. Medical history, medications, and visit summaries of a patient recorded by that practice
  2. Demographic and insurance information of the patient

What is an EHR?

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is also a digital version of a medical chart, independent of where the service is provided and by whom. An EHR is an all-inclusive, real-time record of a patient chart. They make patient information available instantly and securely to all authorized providers. These providers can connect from outside the clinic or organization. Patient information, including e-prescriptions, are exchanged digitally. No printing of paper documents is required. EHRs also allow digital sharing of health information to patients, themselves.

Are EHR and EMR the same thing? No. EHRs contain much more information about a patient. Interoperability with outside sources is what distinguishes an EHR from an EMR.

Patient Information Accessible in an EHR:

  1. Medical history, prescriptions, and visit summaries from many community providers
  2. Demographic and insurance information of the patient
  3. Information from laboratories
  4. Images from radiology
  5. Information from immunization registries, etc

Is an EHR or EMR best for You and Your Patients? 

EMRs were invented first and are an improvement from paper records. EHRs have continued to improve upon EMR technology. EHRs continue to connect with a more vast network of patient information. These include Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), interoperability networks, and other health information networks.

EHRs support whole-person care in many ways. They can support care coordination and partnerships between yourself and other care providers. They can support your patients in better managing their own care. EHRs provide your patients easy access to their medical information, health histories, and treatment instructions.

“Are EHR and EMR the same thing?” is a common question. They are different technologies with very different capabilities, however. An EMR is going to be more limiting. Connecting with other providers and your own patients through an EHR helps everyone.

About Patagonia Health, Inc.

Patagonia Health is a living Electronic Health Record (EHR) software designed to meet the complex needs and desired health outcomes of Public Health and Behavioral Health organizations. Our federally certified, easy-to-learn platform includes integrated practice management and billing software so you get one end-to-end solution. Employee-owned and organically grown, our mission is to support your business with software and service that allows you to provide your patients with the care they deserve. If you’d like more information about our solutions, contact us today.

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