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Social Determinants & The Omaha System: Showing our Work & Outcomes

Introduction: Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, presented at Champ Software’s Expert Webinar this April. Karen spoke on a topic that has increasingly developed and become more widely adopted over the last several years: social determinants of public health. Nicole Sowers, Champ Software COO introduced Dr. Monsen, “If you
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Success Story: Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services

Nightingale Notes & the Omaha System Empower LHD to Exchange Data “Nightingale Notes has allowed us to get in the sandbox and play with the other deliverers of healthcare: the clinics, hospitals, mental health facilities.” – Pat Stewart, PHN, Administrator/Director Pat Stewart, Director of Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services (DVHHS), has seen marked success in her ability to
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Community Health, Population Health… But where is Public Health?

Article after article has been written about the challenges of Community Health. Very few of these articles disagree that true community health improvement starts upstream of hospitals and clinics and then continues downstream, yet we continually see hospitals and clinics charged with assessing the community’s health. Even the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to regularly assess their communities’ health
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Using an EHR for Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement activities are used in an agency to improve processes that will increase efficiency and/or effectiveness of services and also client satisfaction. An electronic health record (EHR), such as Nightingale Notes, can be an invaluable part of this process. Through the use of the PDSA rapid cycle method or LEAN techniques, for instance, QI Teams can make use of
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When your EHR vendor networks with other vendors, you benefit!

A few days ago, I talked to a company that offers a physician’s portal meant to be used by the physician to consolidate all electronic documentation from all vendors.  I thought to myself, “What a good idea!” Especially if we really expect physicians to use electronic documentation across the spectrum of caregivers in the world.   The person I was talking
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