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Afia believes the role of a consultant is well more than planning and implementation. It is to look forward and prepare you for what’s next.

  • Leveraging Consultants to Deliver Your Optimal EHR

    As we all know by now, electronic health records are a critical clinical, billing, and administrative tool for every behavioral health organization.  And with these systems, there comes the need to continually analyze the effectiveness of the technology and workflows, ensuring that your end users can work effectively.  When the time comes to take on […]

  • mhca Optimal Behavioral Health Survey

    Click on the presentation below to view the results from the mhca Optimal Behavioral Health Survey. The survey includes the comparative results in 4 different categories: Clinical Best Practices Financial Optimization IT Strategy and Infrastructure Data Analytics   Using Data to Drive Innovation in Behavioral Health  

  • “Burying the Lede” In Technology Projects

    In journalism, the term “burying the lede” refers to placing the most important part of a story deep in the story itself rather than making it immediately understood. As a result, the most important point of the story either gets missed or is under emphasized. “Interesting” you might say but what does this have to […]

  • Harbor Chooses the Afia Cloud as IT Infrastructure for the Future

    Ann Arbor, MI – Afia, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its latest partnership with Harbor of Toledo, OH. Harbor seeks to improve their IT Infrastructure by migrating to Afia’s Managed IT Solution, the Afia Cloud. Harbor is the leading mental health provider in Northwest Ohio with locations in Lucas, Wood, and Defiance Counties. […]

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    Planning for the Impact of Technology on Healthcare

    To plan for the impact of technology on healthcare, we must first understand the massive change it creates in our behavior and how we work. The significant changes in our world are often unconcerned with our priorities and budgets. The boundaries of healthcare often clash with change, and our strategic plans switch from a place of […]

  • 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 […]

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