EHR Solutions and Operations

Important EHR Questions for Child and Family Service Agencies to Consider

Agencies in the child and family services industry have many unique challenges when it comes to achieving success for both the individuals that they serve and for their organization from a business perspective. There are many guidelines and regulations to consider when it comes to providing clients with the care they need and it can be challenging to manage everything successfully. Child and family service agencies, who adopt the right type of technology, such as an electronic health record (EHR)…

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In Case you Missed It: CONNECTIONS2018 Day 3

We’re having a wonderful time in Phoenix at CONNECTIONS2018! Day three was kicked off by a fantastic panel lead by Netsmart Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Kevin Scalia. Joining him were leaders from industry associations, as they discussed issues facing community-based providers. Panelists included American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson, National Association for Home Care and Hospice President Bill Dombi, National Association of Medicaid Directors Executive Director Matt Salo and National Council for Behavioral Health Medical Director Joe Parks, M.D. Awesome panel to discuss the…

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In Case You Missed It: CONNECTIONS2018 Day 2

Day two of #CONN18 continued with lots of fun, excitement and surprises. Our own CEO Mike Valentine welcomed visitors in an opening keynote featuring lots of great Netsmart updates and client stories. Full house for the #conn18 keynote! Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/9hnHlb0XkP — Netsmart (@NetsmartTech) April 9, 2018 During the keynote, Netsmart Senior Vice President, Post-acute Dawn Iddings had the pleasure to formally announce myUnity™, our next generation EHR created to support all care at home and senior living providers…

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In Case You Missed It: CONNECTIONS2018 Day 1

We’re one day in to CONNECTIONS2018 and we’re having such a great time! It’s been great welcoming attendees from client and partner organizations from across the country as they join us to learn, collaborate and build relationships in order to help strengthen the future of healthcare. Hoped to attend CONNECTIONS2018, but couldn’t make it? Don’t worry! We’re keeping you up-to-date on some of the “In case you missed it” moments from #CONN18. On Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8,…

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Back from #HIMSS18 – A Recap

Last week, thousands of healthcare and IT professionals from across the globe convened in Las Vegas for the annual #HIMSS18 conference. Today on CareThreads, we feature some of our favorite highlights from the leading health information and technology conference. Visitors to our Netsmart booth took advantage of meetings, demonstrations and learned more about how we are working to achieve whole-person care by connecting addiction treatment, behavioral health, care at home and senior living to the rest of healthcare. Counting down…

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Battling the Opioid Crisis With Connectivity

The current opioid epidemic is a crisis years in the making that causes difficulty in many aspects of life for addicts, their family and friends, and yes, even their healthcare providers. It’s no wonder that the current opioid epidemic has been deemed the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Between 2000 and 2015, nearly half-a-million Americans died from overdoses, most of them opioid-related. More than…

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Calm During the Storm: Serving Clients During an Emergency

Near the end of August 2017, a tropical storm was brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. That storm, known as Hurricane Irma, was on a course headed toward Florida after making its way into the Gulf of Mexico. As is with any typical hurricane news coverage, you never really know until the actual day it hits. But, we knew she was headed toward us at Operation PAR and we had to determine how to best serve our clients during this weather…

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Exploring the True Value of an EHR

When I joined Arizona State Hospital as their CEO in May 2015, we already had an electronic health record (EHR) system in place, but it was old and dilapidated – unable to accept any updates or changes. We needed to upgrade our system in order to have the capacity to continue to grow and adapt to industry requirements. While our team was hesitant to take on this huge challenge, we soon realized that to stay aligned with requirements and achieve…

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Focused on Recovery With a Whole-Person Approach

We’ve come a long way in how our culture and our healthcare community treat individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). In the 1840s, people suspected of having a SMI were placed in an institution that closely resembled a jail … without the option to leave. This was culturally accepted because the belief was if they were out of sight, they were out of mind. In the early 1900s, providers began experimenting with radical treatments, with the ultimate goal to eliminate…

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ONC Meeting Recap

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted its annual meeting last week. Netsmart attended this year’s event, themed “Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability,” where we took part in conversations with other healthcare IT partners, clients and key ONC and CMS staff. The overwhelming takeaway is that interoperability is no longer an option, it is a critical component in the shift to value based care. In his opening keynote, Donald Rucker, M.D., national coordinator for the ONC, made the case…

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