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  • A Successful Approach to EHR Data Conversion

    As the field of healthcare IT continues to grow, there is an increasing demand for healthcare organizations to implement electronic health records (EHR). In order to ensure a successful transition into a new EHR, organizations must include the process of data conversion into their implementation plan. EHR data conversion, sometimes referred to as data migration, […]

  • The Importance of Moving Your Servers to a Data Center

    While it might seem like a great idea to host your servers in-house, there are many reasons why it makes better sense to store them securely at a colocation data center. It also might seem like it’s more cost effective to host in-house, but when you weigh all of the extras a colocation offers, you […]

  • Why EHR Training & Education is Critical

    Upgrading to an electronic health record (EHR) system or switching from one EHR to another, is a massive undertaking for any agency. EHR implementation requires significant time, resources, and upfront capital. Although the selection and purchase of the appropriate system is a substantial cost, the system training, and education, require a majority of the financial […]

  • Enterprise Mobility Management

    Enterprise mobility management is an integral part of secure and compliant handling of protected health information and company data. Having coherent and efficient policies requires data management tools that can be adapted to changing work environments and devices. Balancing security and compliance with the efficiency of resources and convenience for employees is a difficult but […]

  • Having a Healthcare IT Executive Matters

    Here at Afia, we frequently conduct IT assessments for potential new and existing healthcare clients. The majority of these evaluations are commissioned by the business leaders and almost never by IT directly. It’s common for these organizations to feel held hostage by IT, or have a “black box” perception of the IT department, and ask […]

  • Access to Health Care Does Not Necessarily Equate to Good Health

    When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, there was the hope for health care equality for all. Along with this reform, the goal of better access to health care that was of higher quality and that was affordable for individuals, families, businesses and taxpayers was central. The most recent statistics show that […]

  • Cloud Storage in the World of Health IT

    It’s hard to go through a day now without hearing the word “Cloud” – it’s one of the hottest IT buzzwords of the times. But what does it really mean? In its simplest form, the term cloud describes services and products delivered over the internet. One of the most exciting cloud services today is storage. […]

  • Protecting your IT Investments with Solid EHR Contracts

    Finding the System is Just the Start After spending months of your life in meetings to define requirements, writing RFPs (request for proposals), attending demos, and then finally selecting a system, you are probably ready to kick back and… Write a great contract! While a contract is many times an afterthought in the process of […]

  • The Challenges of Sharing Data Between Separate EHRs

    Your Data is Only Telling you Part of the Story Since 2007, Afia has been involved with data sharing projects. Most of these projects have primarily been in the field of Integrated Healthcare where we have been challenged with finding ways to share meaningful data between physical health and behavioral health providers. With each successful […]

  • Including Clinical Staff During the EHR Selection & Implementation Process is Critical

    An EHR has the potential to be a useful tool to support clinical decision making and increase productivity, but the opposite can be true if the EHR’s limitations require clinicians to accommodate the system rather than the other way around. It’s not always feasible for all levels of staff to be closely involved in the […]