Healthcare providers are adapting at different paces when it comes to improving healthcare interoperability. This is a top priority for clinicians, health systems, and patients for ease of access into digital health information. Healthcare interoperability is a topic that some see as a barrier, but others have embraced technology and are progressing. To highlight the progress and the barriers of healthcare interoperability, we need to first look at what defines it.
Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) impacts physician offices, hospital outpatient departments (including emergency departments), ambulatory surgical centers, and any other provider-led outpatient setting determined appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this post, we will discuss some FAQs we receive at OSIS about AUC – the clinical decision support (CDS) tool that provides advanced diagnostic test recommendations based on clinical criteria from within the patient chart. We will also review how to configure AUC within NextGen® Healthcare EHR to help implement this new workflow into your health center.
In NextGen, “hidden gems” are considered features that are not obvious points in the workflow but add value and efficiency. In some cases, “hidden gems” are not truly hidden, they are simply forgotten because they are not used frequently. In this article, we highlight 15 NextGen EHR features that can improve users' daily workflows to focus on patient care.
In this article, we will highlight Right of Access in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule and the NextGen PHI Log, a template in NextGen to use when releasing protected health information (PHI). Before we review the NextGen PHI Log, we will highlight key HIPAA Privacy Rules, discuss HIPAA requirements for providing medical records to patients (Right of Access), and then review the NextGen PHI Log Template.
To maximize the EHR Medication Module’s potential and to help streamline your processes, we drawn together some unique settings, preferences, and workflow options that are available. The Medication Module can be used for medication reconciliation, troubleshooting medication dispensing issues, importing Medication History, and more.
In this article, we will discuss how to make the Medication Module work for you by adjusting specific User-Level Configuration and Practice Configuration preferences.
Community Health Centers (CHCs) can often find vaccine management a struggle in their practices. Maintaining vaccine supplies may be a challenge to ensure they are administering safe vaccines to the communities they serve. Vaccines prevent diseases that can be very serious. With flu vaccines, immunizations, and even the COVID-19 vaccine, health centers are looking for new ways to Vaccinate with Confidence. In hopes to reduce vaccine waste, loss, and help the bottom line, health centers are turning to the AccuVax Vaccine Management System.
After months of treating patients through Telehealth, we now have a clearer idea of how to treat patients electronically. Given the new normal, we have learned that each patient visit is unique. Patients can be seen for symptom triage, care for chronic conditions, lab results, lifestyle management, post-operative treatments, treatment protocols, behavioral health, group education consults, after-hours care, and more. Telehealth is a bit different from the picture to the right from 1954, but as technology evolves, we’re essentially moving in that direction.
Presently in a pandemic, community health centers are reimagining and adjusting how they assess and address patient Social Determinants of Health. The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patient’s Assets, Risks and Experiences (PRAPARE) is a national effort to help health centers collect the data needed to better understand and act on patient’s social determinants of health. Here we will discuss and demonstrate how to use the PRAPARE tool in NextGen to align with national initiatives proposed under Meaningful Use, Clinical Coding ICD-10, and Health Centers’ Uniform Data System (UDS).
Provider and staff burnout was a hot topic in healthcare prior to COVID-19. Reports indicated emotional exhaustion and a low sense of personal fulfillment from work. This in turn makes it harder to connect with patients leading to lower patient satisfaction and poorer health outcomes. During the pandemic, this has become an even bigger topic of discussion in the healthcare industry. Employees' burnout adversely affects employees' morale resulting in low employee retention.
Physicians seek the ability to access patient information at their fingertips when they need it and in a timely manner. Providers have discovered that NextGen Mobile complements clinical workflows through their easy and intuitive cloud-based platform.