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Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments.  Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?

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Projects – The Enemies Within

Despite all of his attributes and accomplishments, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged he wasn’t a good project manager. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me,” he said. Now, admittedly, Lincoln was conducting a project much larger and much more complex than we encounter, but the principles remain the same. How do you take control of all of the variables that constitute a project and find predictability in the outcomes?

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Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime.

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Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records.  To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet…

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HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle Improve the care of the chronically ill Align financial incentives As I walked up and down every aisle in the HIMSS

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Meaningful Use: How Do You Get It Right On The First Try?

As we welcomed in 2014, we also said ‘Hello’ to the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2. The HITECH Act is now five years old. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a deeper dive into some of the changes the 2014 criteria mandate. Note: All stage 1 certified solutions (also known as 2011 stage 1), expired  12/31/2013. This expiration requires your organization to upgrade to a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHERT).

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How Big Data Relates to Another Disruptive Technology – The Microscope

Theme: Disruptive Technology Big Data is currently one of the most covered topics in technology today.  However, in order to gain perspective on why it dominates discussions of modern IT, science, and business, it actually turns out that we can examine the innovation that opened research to aspects of our world that are not so big. Erik Brynjolfsonn, MIT Sloan Professor and director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, views Big Data not as a fad but as a…

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Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee

Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those

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Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better

Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better January 30, 2014 When electronic health records were first introduced to behavioral healthcare, there was a significant amount of skepticism about whether we could trust these machines with this important and confidential information. We adjusted to using electronic records systems but many of us believed that the servers on which the data resided had to be on-site. Now, we think nothing of storing confidential

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