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  • Analytics in The Real World

    Afia has been working on making Analytics more actionable and available for behavioral healthcare organizations for years. We have recently formally launched Afia Analytics as a way to do just that. In the webinar, Afia Managing Partners Matt Hoffman and Chris Akerley discuss some actionable ways you can use Analytics right now. This webinar is […]

  • The Value of Third-Party Consultants During an EHR Implementation

    Some professionals in the healthcare industry who work closely with electronic health records (EHR) technology argue that the increase of government involvement in health information technology, among other factors, has resulted in increased product complexity and user frustration. While it’s true that several rapid changes affecting health IT have occurred over the last decade, it’s […]

  • Current Issues and Opportunities for Individuals Living with IDD

    Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face distinctive issues unlike those of the general population. These individuals are challenged with difficulties ranging from educational segregation and lack of special education funding to issues with healthcare access and occupational training. However, as technology continues to develop, and as new technologies emerge, we see an expansion […]

  • 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, […]