Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record – Part I

A lot has been written about why organizations should upgrade from a paper-based system to an electronic health record (EHR). External standards and opportunities such as Meaningful Use (now Merit Based incentive Payments System, or MIPS) have been contributing factors. What hasn’t been explored is why organizations make the decision to switch to a new EHR — not simply upgrade to a newer version, but change software and vendors altogether. Data migration, staff retraining and other challenges make such a…

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Going Digital to Enhance Care Coordination and Outcomes in Senior Living

If you were a senior living care provider looking to drive up quality of care and improve clinical and financial outcomes while balancing your status as a preferred referral partner, what would you do? Invest in technology? That’s what Landis Communities did to achieve success. The five-star, full-service, live-at-home facility in Pennsylvania took steps to adopt health IT solutions that helped not only achieve positive results for their residents but also solidified their position as a vital player within their local…

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Managing Care for Co-Occurring Conditions

When it comes to being able to provide the best care possible, it’s important for providers to be able to exchange and receive vital patient data – spanning both behavioral and physical healthcare – so they can have all of the relevant information at hand to make the best care decisions and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patient. Watch the video below to follow Maria through her journey as she works with her providers to successfully manage the…

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Reduce Recidivism and Save Money by Coordinating Justice and Behavioral Health Services

Many county and local justice systems receive large numbers of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders revolving through their doors. Not only do these repeat visits lead to increased populations and costs for already cash-strapped systems, individuals pay a price, missing opportunities to receive treatment. Let’s take a look at the facts: Twelve million people cycle through local jails every year. Out of this group, 64 percent of jail inmates suffer from a mental illness. 63 percent of…

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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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Carequality by the Numbers

As healthcare continues to integrate, the need for information grows. Providers are relying more on a patient’s health history across care communities to make better care decisions. It’s like putting together a puzzle. Without a vital piece to complete the full-picture, a clinician wouldn’t be able to completely assess an episode if they didn’t have what they needed to fill in the gaps. That’s where the Sequoia Project’s Carequality interoperability framework comes in. Carequality is a collaboration between private and…

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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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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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One Organization’s Journey to Whole-person Care: Landis Communities

Ensuring that an individual’s needs are met across various areas of care can be complex and overwhelming, but with correct tools in place, organizations can achieve whole-person care and do it well. Facilitating interoperability between care providers is key and necessitates the need for investing in the right technology to make it happen. Eva Bering is vice president of operations at Landis Communities, a five-star, full service, live-at-home facility in Lititz, Penn. It offers a 114-acre continuing care retirement community…

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other … Or Is It?

Over the last 50 years, Netsmart has been recognized as a leader in electronic health records (EHR), integration and automation for the behavioral health and social services communities. Over the last two years, I’ve often been asked, why did we decide to bring that experience and expertise to post-acute providers? There are quite a few reasons why we decided to move into the post-acute community. On the surface, behavioral health, post-acute and social services communities may seem completely different, but…

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