EHR Solutions and Operations

Out With the Old: Comprehensive Nursing Systems’ Transition

Comprehensive Nursing Services is unique in many ways, which makes its journey from paper to electronic an interesting one. While on paper, clinicians would scratch out notes and struggled to keep track of paper documentation, which meant health information often was not updated in a timely manner, and the potential for alteration of medical records was possible. While the agency was still providing excellent care, coordination was a challenge because it relied solely on paper. However, all of this will…

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Telehealth: Virtual Care at Your County’s Fingertips

Telehealth is gaining momentum across healthcare by providing more convenient access to care, creating clinical efficiencies, enhancing provider satisfaction and increasing service utilization.  The mobile, web application can be used for either on-demand or scheduled services, linking consumers to high-quality behavioral health and substance use treatment providers. Telehealth provides counties with new and innovative ways to connect with individuals, creating a new level of engagement to improve healthcare outcomes while driving down delivery system costs. Telehealth builds connections to county…

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Clinician Satisfaction for Overall Success

It’s no secret that healthcare is, by its own nature, stressful. There’s a lot of responsibility when some decisions literally can result in a life or death situation. It’s not for everyone, but those who choose healthcare as their career path want to ultimately help others. What unites clinicians and other healthcare professionals is their desire to help others live their best lives possible. That’s why it’s so important for organizations to recruit and retain the best talent available. But,…

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Leveraging Technology to Improve Clinician Satisfaction

The more clinicians engage with technology, the greater the benefit is for everyone involved, especially the clinicians themselves. When we capture more clinical documentation in a structured way, we can better examine, alert and respond to the data.  We now use more electronic health record (EHR)-connected devices on the floor than ever. However, technology can occasionally be an obstacle for clinicians. Sometimes it’s clunky or confusing, and it can seem like it’s getting in the way of patient care. In…

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Change for EHR Success – Part 2

It’s no secret that change is simply a part of life in healthcare. Organizations that can easily adapt and acclimate to the ever-evolving landscape will be the most successful and those who are able to do it with an organized approach will achieve it with fewer headaches. Our previous blog discusses why change is required to achieve a successful EHR implementation and experience, and why identifying operational subject matter experts (SMEs) in your organization is essential. So, what’s next? How…

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Change for EHR Success – Part 1

Every project brings change. Implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is no exception. For all healthcare organizations, it’s an important strategic decision and an investment in their future. As you research health IT partners and their solutions, you should include all departments to help in the selection process. Maybe you write a request for proposal (RFP), view demonstrations or go visit other healthcare organizations and watch what they do. In the end, you’ll eventually make a decision and it’s important…

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When Disaster Strikes

Covenant Care is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Northwest Florida and South Alabama for more than 35 years. We offer care to individuals during all stages of life ranging from memory and companion care to home health and hospice. I’d like to regale you with a tale regarding our experience with emergency preparedness and what it means to have a holistic partnership. Like thousands of others, Covenant Care lay in the direct path of Hurricane Michael in…

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What to Expect When You Request an EHR Demo

So, you’ve started your journey to find the right electronic health record (EHR) partner. Often times it can be hard to differentiate software from software during a demonstration, and even more difficult to see which partner best fits your organization. It’s important to know what to look for, what questions to ask and what to expect when beginning an EHR demo process. It can be an overwhelming process, so we constructed some key questions and ideas for you to consider.…

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Part 3: What You Need to Know About the 21st Century Cures Act: Maintaining A Proactive Clinical Workflow

In the previous two parts of this series, we discussed going beyond basic interoperability and electronic health record (EHR) adoption. In this post, we’ll dive into the importance of proactive clinical workflows. Part of the 21st Century Cures Act discusses how proactive clinical workflows can help prevent substance use by identifying effective strategies and performing evaluations to achieve and sustain a client’s health more quickly. Addiction is not a standalone issue, and there are tools within a seamless clinical workflow…

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Telehealth: Bringing Quality Care to You

Patients, providers and caregivers can all benefit from the vast functionality telehealth offers. Its mobile, web-based platform expands access to care, reduces healthcare spending, implements seamless data exchange and transitions across care settings. Additionally, the program helps combat nationwide provider shortages and gaps in care with the elimination of geographical boundaries. If your organization is considering incorporating telehealth services, be sure to review Netsmart Vice President AJ Peterson’s four points to acknowledge on HIMSS. Click here to read it now.

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