EHR Solutions and Operations

Part 2: What You Need to Know About the 21st Century Cures Act: EHR Adoption

In the first post about the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), we discussed going beyond basic interoperability to true integration to improve patient outcomes. In this post, we’ll focus on electronic health record (EHR) adoption, which sounds simple, but is rife with obstacles. Today we will discuss three of those obstacles: funding, data confidentiality/information blocking/complex data sharing regulations and usability. Funding One goal of the Cures Act was to strengthen mental health parity laws with input from the Department…

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Creating Value Through Electronic Health Records for Autism Therapy Services at Easterseals Southern California

The steady nationwide increase in autism prevalence has sparked greater demand for assessment and support services. Health IT plays a vital role in helping organizations establish efficient and consistent workflows, retain and train qualified staff and manage operations. Today, Netsmart technology is assisting Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) in their efforts to support central and southern California communities in need. Discover the unique value they’ve found in utilizing our EHR and what led them to select Netsmart as their health IT…

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Getting the Most from Your Help Desk

Finding qualified IT help can be a challenge for most organizations, so how can you ensure that your IT staff is working on the most strategic components of your business and empower them to get to know the software better? When we think about help desk tickets, we usually just think of them as a way for users to report problems and for the IT team to provide a resolution. However, there is a lot more valuable data in those…

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Enhancing Autism Services with Technology

The demand for autism-related services in the U.S. has increased 30 percent over the last decade. More community providers are expanding their services to individuals and their families by adding new lines of business to support autism services. Providing support and services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically requires unique workflows and other considerations. With so many types of services to provide across a diverse community with various needs, it’s important for provider organizations to have the…

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Driving Recovery in the Opioid Crisis – The Technology to Get Us There

The opioid crisis has been long in the making and has yet to cease force as it continues to permeate the healthcare community. Drug use admission rates have increased 500 percent since the early 2000s. According to the CDC, there were more than 63,000 overdose deaths in 2016, which surpasses the number of car accidents and gun deaths in that same year. When studying the opioid epidemic, it’s important to consider the causes of addiction, which can range from genetics,…

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A Collaborative Check-In With Some of Our Clients

We love when our clients stop by and share insight and feedback with our associates. Recently, Steve Gillies, COO of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Dr. Joe Spurlock, CMO of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Mary Lynn Thomas, CFO of KidsTLC and Tom Petrizzo, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services  came by to chat during one of our leadership development classes. Carol Reynolds, EVP of client experience at Netsmart moderated the discussion, which centered around the unique challenges each organization faces and…

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Rethinking the Documentation Process for KVC Health Systems

Like many behavioral health facilities, KVC Health Systems aims to provide the best, most efficient care for its clients. However, there are often obstacles the community faces that make providing care more difficult. In order to improve efficiency and reduce costs, KVC partnered with Netsmart to optimize a speech recognition solution. This technology speeds up the clinical documentation process and decreases the risk of data-entry error. KVC is headquartered in the greater Kansas City area and provides adoption, foster care…

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How the Recent Opioid Legislation Impacts Community-Based Providers

Today President Trump signed into law legislation intended to help stem the opioid crisis. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act provides additional funding to combat addiction, improve access to treatment and authorizes a pilot financing program to incentivize providers to invest in technology to better coordinate care. We’ve all seen the stats when it comes to the opioid crisis: More than 72,000 people died in the U.S. in 2017 from an opioid overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and…

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Finding the Right EHR to Bring Your Strategy to Life

Choosing an electronic health record (EHR) is an extensive undertaking for many provider organizations. It requires staff member involvement at all levels, not to mention an examination of current workflows and future projects. In order to make this process seamless and efficient, it’s important to work with an EHR partner who understands your organization’s mission and mirrors your goals. In this OPEN MINDS Knowledge Partner Article, learn how two organizations chose a partner to help their blueprint come to life.…

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Congress Passes Major Opioid Bill: Includes Health IT Financial Incentives for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment Providers

Behavioral health organizations, including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment and other key providers consistently lag behind acute care in the adoption of technology. Despite an increased demand for services and the fact they serve some of the nation’s most at-risk populations, these providers weren’t fully eligible for federal financial incentives on a par with acute care providers for purchase of electronic health record (EHR) platforms, key to enhancing care quality and efficiency in all healthcare settings. Significantly,…

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