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Making the Big Behavioral Health EHR Switch: Care and Counseling Center of Georgia

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What is a Community Mental Health organization to do when it is time to make the switch from one Behavioral Health EHR to another?

They start planning.

They outline what isn’t working about their current system and plan out their goals for transitioning to a new EHR that can better handle their needs. Sometimes the first jump into an electronic health record system is successful only in that it transitions the agency off a paper-based system and educates the staff about what kinds of features they want in a new system.

Changing the Landscape of Behavioral Health Technology: Next Step Solutions Inc.

nss_homepage-nextstepeverythingEHR is always on the hunt for innovative technology that aids our Behavioral Health providers.  Our article on Spiritually Integrated Therapy was found by Next Step Solutions, Inc. After reading our other articles on why we care so much about this sector of healthcare, Next Step picked up the phone and made a connection with our CEO, Kristin Walker.  

A visit to their corporate office in Michigan last year was yet another stop on our 2014 journey across the United States visiting EHR vendors and Behavioral Health practices.  Kristin had the opportunity to meet everyone on the team and see what a software organization does that is heavy on development and light on marketing agendas.  It was certainly a pleasure.  

NextStep™ has developed a digital pen system and embedded artificial intelligence into their EHR.  Sounds unbelievable right?  A science fiction movie, maybe?  We saw it action at their office and while we visited several of their clients.  NextStep™ has clients across the United States using their award-winning software for behavioral health private practices, research clinics, residential programs, outpatient agencies and state hospitals.  It was a pleasure to sit down with Dr. Darrin Hanna and David Ballenberger, MSW to discuss their product, their organization, and what the future holds for behavioral health technology. 

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Behavioral Health Meaningful Use: Just Who Is THE Expert?

DrFrederickDuFourWe have looked long and hard for meaningful use experts in the Behavioral Health field.  They are hard to come by.  We got lucky partnering with The Compliancy Group.  They are THE HIPAA experts when it comes to the mental health field but where could we find someone with the proper credentials for Meaningful Use?  It was going to take someone special and, finally, we found him.

Last month we welcomed Dr. Frederick DuFour to the everythingEHR team.  We are proud to share his knowledge and expertise with our providers and the Behavioral Health EHR vendors we support.

Dr. DuFour will be hosting a series of Webinars for The Samaritan Institute, our supported EHR vendors, and everythingEHR on Meaningful Use and the specific and unique constraints on Behavioral Health providers.

The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation Webinars

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The Samaritan Institute has partnered with Advantage Consulting, LLC and everythingEHR to provide a series of FREE webinars, The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation.

Session One: Treatment Goal Setting

Overview: The interactive webinar will introduce a three prong evaluation model for mental health service organizations. We will discuss the core elements of successful evaluation programs and focus on the development of effective and efficient treatment goal setting as the first prong of the model. The presenter will discuss how to balance client centered goal setting with the need for consistency and rigor in establishing measurable goals.

Welcome Dr. Frederick DuFour to everythingEHR

FredLecturePlease join us in welcoming Frederick DuFour, PhD. as the Clinical Advisor for everythingEHR. Dr. DuFour has implemented the clinical and administrative workflow utilizing electronic health record software for multiple mental health and substance abuse agencies. He continues to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University and teaches Evidence-Based Medicine with the clerkship programs at the SUNY Clinical Campus in Binghamton.

Learn more about Dr. DuFour on Mental Health News Radio!

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Fred served for eight years as Executive Director of The Family & Children’s Society in Binghamton, New York. He served as chief administrator of a non-for-profit human services agency that provides a number of specialized counseling and home care services in Broome and Tioga Counties. (www.familycs.org). These programs included a Home Care Aide Service, Family Homes for the Elderly, In Home Mental Health, Elder Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Clinic, Sexual Abuse Program, School Based Counseling, and Health Homes.

Behavioral Health EHRs: ClinicTracker Connect with Dr. Michael Gordon

ClinicTracker ConnectHere at everythingEHR we have searched far and wide to find the best electronic health record software solutions for our behavioral health agencies and providers. In January of 2014 we had the pleasure of being introduced to Mark Shriro, Marketing Director of JAG Products, and their premier Behavioral/Mental Health and Chemical Dependency EHR. We had worked with other Windows based EHR platforms and found them severely lacking in programming, design, and functionality. What we found with ClinicTracker is a Windows based EHR done RIGHT.  

After spending months working with Mark Shriro introducing practice upon practice to their incredible software, we finally decided it was time to meet in person. In December of 2014 our CEO, Kristin Walker, had the pleasure of spending several days with the whole team at their lovely office in Syracuse, New York. What she found is a group of talented and dedicated professionals devoted to continuing the growth of their company and their amazing EHR. We are proud to be working with this organization on their business development and outreach programs so more practices can enjoy their 100% customer satisfaction rating.

ClinicTracker meets our criteria for a product to showcase to our everythingEHR clients: created by a Behavioral Health provider and Software Engineer.  We work with business leaders in Behavioral Health that have relevance and credibility in this industry that we love and support.

Join us for our interview with Dr. Michael Gordon and Mark Shriro as we discuss the future of this wonderful company and product.

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Behavioral Health: Ask the Experts

Electronic Health Records for Behavioral Health

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Kristin Walker - 2013 - Portrait - b&w aKristin Walker is the CEO of everythingEHR, a behavioral and women’s health advocacy firm. She has been working within the healthcare field for more than two decades. Her clients have included Dell, Assurant Healthcare, The Samaritan Institute, John F. Kennedy University (the doctoral program for clinical psychology), multiple public and community mental health agencies, as well as, electronic health record software vendors. Her consultative practice has been an eye-opening experience; what she learned has helped thousands of providers and organizations choose software and billing solutions that lead the behavioral and women’s healthcare industry.

Kristin is sought out by investment firms looking to fund behavioral health EHRs, EHR vendors, ancillary product vendors and by healthcare organizations looking to make the right choices when it comes to technology and revenue cycle management. She works with leading EHR software so that providers have choices between best, best, and best. Deserving EHR vendors look to her organization for sales, marketing, and business development strategies, as well as, partnership opportunities with her other clientele.  She is an invited speaker for multiple organizations regarding EHR technology for behavioral and women’s healthcare.

Kristin is also the Host of Mental Health News Radio and has interviewed guests from all over the world from healthcare providers to technology companies to volunteers and advocates working on behalf of Behavioral Wellness Awareness, Animal Assisted Therapy, Narcissistic Abuse Awareness, and more.  Her show has been airing since 2014 and garners over 3,000 listeners per episode.  

Kristin is currently writing a book, The Narcissist CEO, based on her 20+ years of experience working with business owners and is one of the original members of an advocacy group run by clinicians, criminologists, law enforcement, attorneys, and educators. This group is spearheading the need to make narcissistic/sociopathic/psychopathic abuse and the effects on survivors a part of mandatory curriculum for anyone working within the behavioral healthcare field.  

Finally, and in her spare time, she works with her two therapy dogs side by side with mental health professionals advocating on the use of animal assisted therapy.  For an example of how she works with providers and patients please review her blog article here and visit her therapy dog website here.

Please visit her LinkedIn profile for a short list of the clients she has worked with including their testimonials.

Behavioral Health HIPAA and The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation Webinars

Samaritan Institute LogoAs part of our commitment to The Samaritan Institute we have asked our colleagues to host a series of webinars designed specifically for behavioral health providers.  

 Samaritan Network Webinar Offerings

 The Samaritan Institute has partnered with Advantage Consulting, LLC, everythingEHR, and Roy Huggins of Person-Centered Tech to provide FREE webinars to the Samaritan Network on topics related to HIPAA and Technology, Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation, as well as Electronic Health Record Systems.

The first offering, “HIPAA and Security” will be held on Monday, December 15; with more to come in early 2015, including a four part series related to “Planning and Implementing Clinical Outcome Measures Activities.” While you are encouraged to attend the live sessions in order to participate in the question and answer dialogue, the webinars will also be recorded for viewing as your schedule allows. Ongoing consultation in these areas continues to be available to Centers as needed.   Kristin Walker of everythingEHR will be moderating all of the sessions below.

Animal-Assisted Therapy: What’s all the Bark About?

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Our therapy dogs, Myles and Buddy, were very busy the month of November. They were asked to take part in a course given by NCTide on the importance of using animals during behavioral health therapy. Led by Jill Queen, the president of NCTide, Kristin Walker, therapy dog handler, and Barbara Love, mental health counselor.  Kristin also presented 2 additional sessions on what is trending next in behavioral health technology.

nctideWe decided to make this course experiential. We had about thirty participants join and had them sit in a large circle. Myles and Buddy sat in the middle of the circle with Barbara Love and Kristin Walker. Thankfully someone remembered to bring a lint roller! All we saw were a sea of black pant legs begging to be covered in hair.  

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