Join Scott Lloyd, President of MTM Services, for a live sound bite from National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference. Scott and our CEO, Kristin Walker, presented for council attendees about the growing changes, frustrations, and “gotchas” when it comes to Behavioral Health EHR technology. The session was outstanding and attended by EHR vendors, as well, as clinicians and agency directors. New requirements for integrated care will need to be adopted by EHR vendors with credentials, appropriate staff levels, browser-based technology, and responsible spending on development of their products – not just on sales and marketing. Organizations that provide services to our mental health population and EHR vendors are going to need help finding and creating new solutions as we move at light speed towards primary care integration.
The Nuts and Bolts of Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare
Why You Need Us—and How We Can Help
The healthcare system as a whole is a complex compilation of providers, insurers, administrators, and vendors. And although the end goal is always to better the health of patients, healthcare is also a business. That business part of healthcare, just as with any venture that involves dollar signs, brings out the best in some, the worst in others. We see it as our job—our passion—to help organizations wade through the behavioral health market to match the best products with the right providers to ensure the best care. And as we’ve found, much of that work involves finding the right people.
everythingEHR 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.
We 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.
Tools for tomorrow’s workplace today
Academic institutions that offer programs for psychiatry and psychology students need to invest in behavioral health EHR software. They want to offer their students the best software tools as well as the opportunity to step into the workforce ahead of their peers. With training in sophisticated software applications these future leaders in behavioral health are better equipped to focus on patient care because they can capitalize on the growing trend to incorporate electronic health records (EHR) into clinical operations.
Many private practices in both the mental health and medical fields have made the transition from paper filing to EHR technology in recent years. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) health care providers are able to tap into long-term cost savings that enhance office efficiency and make it easier to collect more accurate patient information. But more importantly, EHRs enable communication across practice settings and facilitate interaction among healthcare professionals.
Please 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!
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.
Here 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.
Electronic Health Records for Behavioral Health
Kristin 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.
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.
Juliann Schaeffer is a freelance health writer and editor based outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor of art’s degree in professional writing, Julie joined the team at Great Valley Publishing, where she climbed the editorial ranks for the next six years. During her time at Great Valley, Julie worked closely on a number of medical and health publications, namely For The Record, a national newsmagazine for health information professionals. Since turning her full attention to a freelance career two years ago, Julie continues to write for For The Record, on topics as varied as dictation, meaningful use, natural language processing, and all things EHR. Whether she’s writing for physicians, patients, healthcare companies, or the greater public, on navigating the latest health regulations or the EHR industry as a whole, Julie pairs her knowledge and affinity for science with a wordsmith skill set to ensure content that strikes the perfect balance of sources, science, and style.