Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Andy brings his passion for writing and editing, along with decades of experience, to research and compose stories that keep healthcare InSync. His articles take a deep dive into the trending and relevant issues of mental health, interoperability, physical therapy, speech therapy, substance abuse treatment, and CCBHC's - bringing clarity to the effects of emerging technology and Electronic Health Records on today's top healthcare stories.

Recent posts by Andy Smith

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6 Things to Look For in a User- Friendly EHR Software System

By Andy Smith on May 17, 2021 11:16:44 AM

Anyone who's ever shopped for a new EHR system has encountered sales reps who've bragged that their software was “user-friendly.” From a sales standpoint, it sure sounds good, but is it truly user-friendly? And is it more user-friendly than other EHR systems? It helps to know what to look for.

Topics: Practice Management Software Provider Health and Wellness Healthcare News EHR EMR Software News
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It's Not Just Genetics: Harsh Parenting Linked to  Aggressive, Antisocial Behavior in Children

By Andy Smith on May 17, 2021 7:00:00 AM

How much is a child’s antisocial behavior the result of their home environment? Does it matter if that environment is nurturing or abusive, warm or forbidding, supportive or oppressive? Does any of that matter more than genetics? The answer used to be no, but new studies are changing that view.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Pediatrics News Public Health News
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Nurse Suicide: Distressing Rate, Female Nurses Support Woefully Short

By Andy Smith on May 12, 2021 7:00:00 AM

When it comes to suicide rates in healthcare, the focus has long been on physicians, and that concern is well-founded. The wellbeing of nurses, however, has long been an afterthought, despite emerging statistics that now reveal such disregard for what it's been - a gross oversight.

Topics: Provider Health and Wellness Healthcare News Mental Health News Public Health News
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Mental Health Month Takes On Greater Meaning in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Andy Smith on May 10, 2021 1:13:57 PM

Since 2014, Mental Health America has screened an average of about 50,000 to 100,000 people per month for mental health issues. But as COVID-19 pandemic escalated throughout 2020, so too did the number of people getting screened - to more than 400,000 monthly. Coincidence? Probably not.

Topics: Provider Health and Wellness Mental Health News Public Health News
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Deepening Depression Getting In The Way Of Those Who Want To Exercise  During  Pandemic

By Andy Smith on Apr 21, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Consider this: COVID-19 has increased anxiety and depression in millions of Americans. Millions of those Americans want to relieve that anxiety and depression by exercising. But they don't exercise because anxious and depressed people are typically too anxious and depressed to exercise. 

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Physical Therapy News
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Study Ties Level Of Alcohol Use To Combat-Induced PTSD And Severity Of Its Symptoms

By Andy Smith on Apr 8, 2021 1:43:49 PM

For many American soldiers, the after-effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can linger on throughout their lifetime, but it’s worse for some than others. How much worse? That, in part, can be determined by how much alcohol they consume in order to cope, according to a recent Veterans Affairs study.

Topics: Mental Health News Substance Use And Abuse News Articles Public Health News
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Teens Addicted To Social Media More Likely To Be Culprits Or Victims Of Cyberbullying

By Andy Smith on Apr 5, 2021 10:12:32 AM

Years ago, I pulled up in front of a high school to pick up my daughter. Waiting in line behind the other cars, I noticed dozens of teens waiting for rides – most of them looking at their phones, and hardly any talking with each other. The early stages of social media addiction, I suspect now.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Public Health News
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Who Knew? Solitary Confinement Makes Matters Worse For Mentally Ill  Inmates

By Andy Smith on Mar 29, 2021 12:22:08 PM

Think about this: 15,000 men diagnosed with mental illness are sent to prison. They share roughly the same personality traits as another 15,000 prisoners who have no mental illness. From which group are more inmates more likely to end up in solitary confinement - and for long periods of time? 

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Substance Use And Abuse News Articles Public Health News
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Mental Health Providers Seek Answers On Info Blocking Rules Before April Deadline

By Andy Smith on Mar 26, 2021 12:38:31 PM

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, providers will be prohibited from interfering with the access, exchange or use of electronic health information. A response to information-blocking tactics, these provisions come many questions from mental health providers. They'll need answers by April 5. 

Topics: Healthcare News EHR EMR Software News Mental Health News HIPAA Violations and Compliance

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