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  • Current Issues and Opportunities for Individuals Living with IDD

    This post is part of our Guest Thought Leadership Series. This article co-authored by Tony Hines and April Burrows of the Welligent team. Welligent seeks to provide technology-based solutions that improve the workflow of behavioral healthcare organizations. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face distinctive issues unlike those of the general population. These individuals […]

  • How Data Simplifies Problem Solving and Creates Better Outcomes

    There is a condition affecting the way behavioral health organizations make decisions and drive change. It does not have a DSM code yet, but we’re calling it the “It Feels Like” syndrome. Onset usually occurs during leadership meetings when someone asks a question related to outcome improvement, cost containment, or strategic planning. “It feels like” […]

  • How to Find Real Insights in Your Data

    It took 18 months to implement an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Your staff is documenting demographics, medications, assessments, state-mandated outcome tools, service notes, etc. Your entire organization is connected now, from your front desk staff through your billing team, with data flowing across every business unit. You feel pretty good about the technology supporting your […]

  • How To Love Your EHR

    As EHR’s are adopted as standard practice across the healthcare industry, a growing number of providers are experiencing dissatisfaction with the inefficiencies and limited functionality of their systems. There are many reasons why EHR satisfaction is low, but regardless of cause, it is incredibly frustrating for end users. Providers are focused on giving exceptional care […]

  • Create an EHR Governance and Support Model for Lasting Success

    Establishing an Effective Model of EHR Governance and Support Building an effective EHR Governance and support model is critical to organizations preparing to implement a new electronic health record (EHR). However, having a strong governance and support structure is equally vital post-launch to ensure that ongoing optimization of the EHR supports the organization’s changing needs. […]

  • 5 Ways to Walk the Integrated Healthcare Walk

    In looking at an agency through integrated health lenses, it can be a bit obvious why engagement in wellness is a challenge. Successful integrated healthcare approaches can only emerge from a highly-committed agency and workforce, and getting an agency to walk the talk of integration can be its most significant challenge. The first step to […]

  • Afia Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

    This week Afia celebrates its 10th birthday.  Over the past decade Afia has dramatically grown as a company, but during that time it has maintained the values and beliefs that its founders (Chris Akerley and Jeremy Nelson) built the company on.  We’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse range of companies, including behavioral health, social […]

  • How to Implement an EHR – Part 3

    This article is part 3 of a series on “How to Implement an EHR” successfully. If you’d like to start at the beginning 1, click here.  How to Avoid Common EHR Implementation Mistakes In more than a decade of implementing EHR systems, we’ve seen more than our share of pitfalls. But with the right tools, training, and preparation, […]

  • How to Implement an EHR – Part 2

    This article is part 2 of a series on “How to Implement an EHR” successfully. If you missed part 1, start here.  Creating a Realistic EHR Implementation Plan There are a lot of moving pieces to coordinate before executing a successful EHR implementation. Considering your staff’s day-to-day workload won’t simply disappear once implementation starts, most organizations struggle […]

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    How to Implement an EHR – Part 1

    Mapping the Path to a Successful EHR Implementation In the initial excitement of getting a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, it can be tempting to dive in head first. After all, a new system can improve patient outcomes, add much-needed security to patient data, and improve productivity. However, most of the time it’s best […]

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