Aligning Technology, Leadership and Organizational Culture in Healthcare Providers

When any organization recognizes the need to upgrade or change technology, a great deal of effort goes into the selection process. But once that decision is made, executives all too often leave the implementation to the IT department and the vendor’s support team. And that’s when problems can begin. Because implementing, upgrading or optimizing technology can be problematic – and the issue is usually not the technology itself. A major change in technology means a major cultural shift. Leading an…

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It’s a Process…42CFR Part 2 Consent Reform (Video)

  Sarah C. (fictional name) has battled an addiction to opioids for almost five years. She was prescribed medication for severe pain after back surgery, and due to complications the back pain continued and even increased in severity for several months. The pain abated after a second surgery, but by then Sarah had developed an addiction to the pain med. She sought treatment at a county-operated addiction treatment facility, making good progress. Sarah also had several co-occurring disorders – asthma,…

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Willow Health Care in Driver’s Seat Cruising Down Road to Success

Imagine if you bought a brand new car, but you didn’t use any of the features. You never listened to the radio on long road trips. You didn’t switch on the AC in the summer or the heat in the winter. You didn’t use the power locks or windows. Now, imagine your healthcare organization has just made an investment in an electronic health record (EHR) system but isn’t using any of the features and functionality. That’s not the case with Willow…

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Tips for Managing Populations in Post-Acute Care

Ready or not, the impact that post-acute care has on managing population health is here and it’s real. The questions you need to ask yourself and your organization is, “How do we define population health? How much risk are we willing to take on? And, do we have the right technology and resources to analyze data to proactively manage care and measure outcomes?” To become a key player in managing population health, consider these factors to see if your organization…

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Stepping Through the Intersection of Innovation and Action at #NatCon17

National Council for Behavioral Health’s #NatCon17 was THE place to be in Seattle, Washington, over April 3-5 where we joined thousands of others in making strides for the progress of behavioral health care in America. At our Netsmart booth, visitors had the chance to join us on our journey as we take STEPS towards integrating care across communities. Our booth was jam-packed with interactive features that informed, educated, entertained and included something for everyone who visited. Throughout the exhibition, we…

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EHR “Go-live” Isn’t the End … It’s Just the Beginning

It’s the culmination of months of work, starting with the EHR selection process and continuing through design, planning, training and testing. And when the system goes live, executives, IT folks and everyone involved may breathe a sigh of relief and think “mission accomplished!” Yes, you have accomplished something. Congratulations! But your mission to get the most benefits from your new EHR is not finished, and unfortunately, many organizations never get very far past this stage. Here’s why. First, organizations can…

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Blockchain: One Way to Accelerate Interoperability

Healthcare providers face two opposing constraints. They need to be able to share information about a person quickly, so they can provide the best treatment and avoid errors. At the same time, they have to protect the person’s confidentiality and keep the information secure. Achieving both is a balance of find form and function in design. In my previous post on Blockchain technology I shared thoughts on the potential and possibilities. Here is my perspective on a path and some…

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Netsmart and HIMSS17: What to Expect

The HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition is just around the corner! From February 19-23, join Netsmart and thousands of health and IT professionals from across the globe to learn about and advance the future of healthcare technology. We will be showcasing how Netsmart can help you take the right steps to integrate care across all healthcare communities. We’ll show you how we’re already connecting behavioral health and post-acute care to the rest of healthcare and the impact it has had to…

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Invitation to Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration

Netsmart’s VP and GM AJ Peterson invites you to dive in to his recent blog series entitled, “Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration.” Focusing on the importance on the care coordination for patients with coinciding mental and physical health conditions, AJ elaborates on the adoption of technology in integrated health and how interoperability is essential to executing successful care plans. Read the entire series here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part IV

We’re nearing our destination! In this blog series over the past several weeks we’ve identified the importance of integration and collaboration as expressed through the impacts of severe mental illness (SMI). We’ve seen the practical use of applications like referral process automation. We’ve examined how standards-based transaction and data elements can provide visibility across systems into a patient’s well-being. In short, we have facilitated communication and the collection of massive amounts of powerful information about individuals and entire populations. So,…

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