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SimiTree Afia Analytics 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.

  • Grafton Success Story – Increasing Security through a Modern IT Infrastructure

    The challenge Since 1958, Grafton Integrated Health Network has been providing behavioral health, residential, and educational programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, in Virginia. Today, Grafton serves over 3,000 individuals in Virginia and provides professional consultation across 40 locations. With so much day-to-day activity taking place at Grafton, stability throughout the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Afia Webinar – Demystifying the Cloud for Behavioral Health

    The Cloud can have many meanings, but it can also be a powerful tool to help create scalability, flexibility, and transparent costs for healthcare organizations.  In our webinar below we explain the basics on the cloud, and illustrate ways the healthcare cloud is well positioned to support behavioral healthcare organizations to better achieve their mission. […]

  • Afia Webinar – Analytics in The Real World

    Afia has been working on making Analytics more actionable and available for behavioral healthcare agencies for years. With enormous amounts of data, it’s time that organizations begin to leverage their data to increase their clinical, financial, and operational performance.  In this webinar, Afia Managing Partners Matt Hoffman and Chris Akerley discuss some actionable ways you can […]

  • 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” […]

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