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  • 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. […]

  • Do You Really Know Meaningful Use?

    You would suspect that physicians and staff are begging for help due to the complexities and detailed steps associated with Meaningful Use. But are they? Do people know enough about Meaningful Use to know that they need help? More often than not, the answer is no, and this is leading to money being taken right out of […]

  • A Successful EHR Implementation Against All Odds

    Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are extremely difficult to implement in the very best of conditions. In today’s healthcare environment, last-minute surprises, changing requirements, and even personal issues are inevitable. It is easy to get distracted by emergencies and lose focus when an initiative is as complex and all-encompassing as an EHR. In one of Afia’s […]

  • Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records are Driven by Poor Expectations

    Electronic Health Records are a failure. They lower productivity. They decrease provider satisfaction. They don’t increase clinical quality. They haven’t lived up to their promises. These are statements that I hear more and more frequently as healthcare organizations across the country adopt EHRs. Working closely with these organizations for the past decade I’ve seen firsthand […]

  • Helping AWARE Become EHR-Ready Through a Game Changing Effort

    Before partnering with Afia, AWARE was operating primarily on a paper-based medical record system and did not have a secure and efficient IT infrastructure in place. A non-profit behavioral health organization AWARE, Inc. began due diligence in selecting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for its 102 locations and 940+ staff members to utilize. Overcoming […]

  • Why EHR Training & Education is Critical

    Implementing and adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system is a massive undertaking. Most healthcare organizations experience with a new EHR or even switching from one EHR to another. In most cases, EHR implementation planning accounts for significant time, resources, and upfront capital in the technology, testing, and design, but training is commonly an afterthought. Although the […]

  • 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 […]

  • What You Need to Know about Meaningful Use

    Meaningful Use is a term set forth by the federal government to define a set of standards that illustrates the difference between simply having an electronic health record (EHR) system installed versus applying it to the benefit of an organization and the organization’s clients. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) authorizes […]

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