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Attention AccuCare customers: currently, the offering for AccuCare/NAADAC webinars and CEU’s is on hold. We are in the process of working with NAADAC, as our agreement with them has expired. We are hoping to come to an agreement that will allow us to continue to offer some level of additional educational resources to our AccuCare users. We appreciate your patience, as we are always looking for ways to improve our benefits to our customers. Stay tuned for updates on this feature/benefit.
One very common question I receive from addictions, substance use and mental health treatment providers is how they can go COMPLETELY paperless within their organization. I would say a majority of providers understand that it’s not as simple as implementing an electronic health record and “poof” we’re there! Just like anything, there’s some proper planning and some questions to answer before moving towards that goal of going “paperless”.
What is your definition of going paperless?
Yes, ideally, every paper and pencil form that clinicians fill out would be in electronic format right? Well, from my experience, most of the time going paperless doesn’t really mean fully paperless. Many agencies have other stakeholders that influence their workflow. For example, an agency that contracts with a state authority or private contract, might have a paper form requirement, thus you still have a paper trail.
So what most agencies mean when they talk about going paperless, is to have a way, to replace the paper filing cabinet with an electronic filing cabinet. Therefore, even if you can’t fully replace paper forms with electronic ones, because of an outside authority or influence, you can still find a way to electronically FILE those records, so that the client’s CHART is paperless.
Basic features your EHR should have when going paperless
There are other features to consider, however, I believe these are some of the core things you should look for when evaluating your workflow and readiness to “go green”.
Dylan Lambrecht, Account Specialist/Orion Healthcare Technology
If you are looking for an EHR system to go paperless, Orion Healthcare Technology can help! We offer an EHR cloud-based clinical and billing software suite called AccuCare which can integrate with your daily processes and procedures. This product offers features to customize your own forms, upload external files and capture electronic signatures. This secure, HIPAA ready software, can take the worry out of clinical documentation and record keeping. They offer multiple options for cloud-based storage which we would be happy to discuss with you in detail. If you don’t have the staff or the time to build the forms yourself, you can hire us to build the forms within your database. The option is yours!
Due to the national health crisis, there has been an increased need for telehealth services in the addictions, mental health and SUD field. Orion Healthcare Technology, the makers of the AccuCare EHR, has offered some information concerning the use of Telehealth within your agency. In addition, Orion has published a guide to implementing video conferencing/telehealth with the AccuCare System.
To our loyal customers and the healthcare field:
As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities including the addictions, mental health and substance use disorder community. As we continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments closely, I wanted to take this opportunity to keep you posted on our developments concerning COVID-19 for business continuity and the future of telehealth with AccuCare.
Business ContinuityWe implemented our business continuity plans to maintain a safe work environment for our staff while also ensuring our operations run as smooth and effectively as possible for our customers. Some of those actions include:
Telehealth and AccuCare EHR
In addition to our support and operations, we have escalated our efforts in adding a Telehealth component to work with our AccuCare EHR System. We understand the need for this feature and how valuable this can be, especially with the current health crisis the world is facing. With that said, we are working diligently with our development team and several partners, to provide a telehealth feature that can work with our AccuCare System along with an implementation guide to help you get started. Stay tuned.
Thank you again for your continued support. We appreciate what you do for the field, and we will continue to use every effort to deliver uninterrupted services to all of our customers. We hope you, your staff, your clients and your families, remain safe and healthy through this time.
Sandra A Jones
President, Orion Healthcare Technology, Inc.
America’s opioid crisis places a severe burden on public health. However, early intervention can prevent abuse and addiction before they happen. Health professionals have many opportunities to identify abuse and address it before it worsens. Learn how to pinpoint potential opioid use disorders and save lives.
The Opioid Abuse Epidemic
Our country has an opioid crisis that affects everyone’s well-being. Between 1999 and 2016, the public dangers posed by opioid addiction skyrocketed. In 2016, fives times as many opioid-related overdose deaths occurred as in 1999. Over the course of nearly two decades, more than 630,000 people died from drug overdose. Now, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. We haven’t lost all hope, however. Health professionals like you can save patient lives with early detection.
Preventing Substance Abuse by Recognizing the Signs
Opioids change the brain chemistry of someone who uses them. They create imbalances in the pleasure-reward system that can result in a reliance on opioids to feel positive feelings. The longer that someone takes opioids, the more likely they are to build dependency. Withdrawal symptoms become more severe when a patient has to stop taking opioids after an extended time.
Many patients can handle the effects of opioids without developing an addiction. However, the nature of this drug makes it easy for dependence to escalate into abuse. Health professionals need to identify the risk of abuse happening before it turns into a dangerous condition.
Opioid Abuse Risk Factors
Certain patients have a higher chance of developing opioid abuse and addiction than others. These opioid abuse risk factors include:
Not all patients with these traits will abuse opioids or become addicted. However, they should have extra care and attention to ensure they have a positive treatment experience.
Anyone with a high risk of opioid use disorder benefits from early intervention. However, specific populations have a critical need for it, including:
Using the Opioid Risk Tool for Abuse Prevention
The AccuCare EHR’s Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) uses a research-supported assessment to identify the risk of abuse in your patients. After you answer a few questions, the tool calculates a score indicating their likelihood of aberrant behaviors, which are actions that suggest abuse and addiction. AccuCare’s ORT can help you monitor at-risk patients and potentially save lives.
About the AccuCare EHR SystemWe developed AccuCare to assist behavioral health professionals in managing their practices. This online application lets you:
Our team adds regular free updates such as the ORT to help you serve your patients more effectively. To learn more about the AccuCare system, contact us today. Request a free software demo to test out AccuCare’s features yourself.
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