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  • Eleven Steps to a Solid IT Infrastructure Analysis

    Undergoing an evaluation of your technology environment can be extremely valuable for organizations that are seeking to improve their clinical, financial, and administrative functions. An IT analysis can look at the effectiveness of the applications and systems that are supporting staff, but can also help leadership better understand what their IT department does and areas […]

  • How to Establish an Effective IT Strategy

    A strong and solid IT strategy is crucial for any business to be successful. Despite organizations having employees with skill sets and backgrounds necessary for success, without an IT strategy IT projects are most likely struggling to align with the strategic business goals of the organization. An IT strategy aides organizations in identifying tasks that […]

  • How to Avoid a HIPAA Breach

    HIPAA Breach Fines in Excess of $1 Million are Now Common Since the implementation of HIPAA, there has been a developing focus on emphasizing the importance of protecting the privacy and security of personal health-related information acquired by healthcare companies. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was the first legislation to formalize the […]

  • MHCA 2015 Summer Conference in San Diego

    Earlier this month, the Afia team made the trip out to San Diego for the 2015 MHCA Summer Conference. Afia staff presented during two sessions, one of them highlighted below. IT Session: How to Use Social Media for Large Scale Events & Fundraising – Becoming a Brand Ambassador Presenters: Gary Larcenaire, CEO, Valley Behavioral Health, and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 3 Things to Keep in Mind During a Human Resources Information System Rollout

    A well-functioning human resources information system (HRIS) is a crucial component for a company to have a stable and efficient infrastructure. A HRIS aides companies in making informed decisions regarding recruitment, finances, staff development, and other forms of integral support necessary for a company to be as efficient and productive as possible. As companies develop […]

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    Understanding the Healthcare Practice Revenue Cycle

    The Impact of Healthcare Regulations With recent government regulations affecting the healthcare industry, healthcare practices have been impacted in numerous ways. Certain third-party health insurance payers  have negotiated fee-for-service contracts with providers, which has resulted in lower reimbursement. HIPAA, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has also had an impact, by tightening the requirements […]

  • 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

    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 […]

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