Top-performing Electronic Health Record software with contact tracing feature

Table of Contents   Schools in the US are expected to reopen in the fall and while parents remain concerned about children’s safety when in-person learning resumes, school health administrators are looking at ways to keep school environments safe to ensure there are no disruptions to in-person learning. Public health authorities in the US have received around 8.2 million reports for COVID-19 as of May 25. And as schools prepare to open, school health authorities need to anticipate such a crisis as well and prepare with the best tools to manage the crisis. A COVID 19 tracker tool with advanced contact tracing features is the technology schools need to have in place to efficiently manage this crisis. But how can you mitigate the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19 using an EHR tool? By putting in place an EHR software that facilitates the exchange of important health information between parents, school health authorities and medical professionals in real-time on one single system. This is very helpful when there are lots of student health monitoring, reporting, and cross-platform communication to tackle. However, recent surveys say that school nurses are finding it hard to manage student data in EHR software. The reason? Bad user experience! Not every EHR software can give a pleasant user experience. Which is where a simple-to-use system that meets a school’s end-to-end school health needs like EduHealth can help. The system is so easy to use even if users are not particularly good with technology systems. The EduHealth team recently conducted a school nurse survey and 86% responded that user-friendliness is very important for school EHR systems. And now, in the present context, what schools and school nurses are expecting in EHR software are added features like contact tracing and COVID-19 tracking. EduHealth, in this aspect, is all set to make things stress-free for school nurses. According to a December 2020 survey of US adults, 31% of respondents believed that a contact tracing software on their mobile phones to trace the spread of COVID-19 would be very effective at slowing its spread. Only 7% believed that contact tracing software are ineffective in tracing COVID-19 spread. This indicates that EHR software with contact tracing and COVID-19 tracking may finally get their moment! Let us have a quick glimpse of the top-performing school EHR software in 2021 and how EduHealth is different from those, especially in the context of the global pandemic.     Top EHR software of 2021 We evaluated some of the top EHR systems available today and have a list for you to look into as you invest on a new EHR software for your school. All observations are based on user feedback. EduHealth: EduHealth supports K-12 school health clinics in improving student health care. It digitizes students’ health information, making the right information available in a single button click and with features like bulk scanning, health information management within the system is simple and hassle-free, easing the efforts of school nurses. EduHealth can ensure utmost healthcare for children and helps school nurses proactively manage their tasks on any device. Comprehensive student health record management COVID 19 tracking and contact tracing capabilities Real-time communication with important touchpoints on one system Charts are similar to medical charts, allowing nurses to adapt to the system faster System can be custom-built to school’s unique needs Infinite Campus: Infinite Campus is a Student Information System (SIS) that has on-boarding support, parent and student portal, academic planner, and access to the inbuilt Learning Management System (LMS) platform. While Infinite Campus has great flexibility, and, is regarded as a great tool for student data tracking and parent communication, it has certain areas to look into like: Lack of a user-friendly interface Additional payment for added features Character limitation in fields EHR module is not comprehensive PowerSchool: PowerSchool SIS is a powerful tool that helps students, teachers, and parents maintain their schedules. It offers cloud-based software solutions for K-12 education in North America. It can manage instruction, learning, grading, assessment, and analytics among others. While PowerSchool has all such benefits, there are aspects of health record management to improve: Long page loading durations User has trouble understanding icons Technically challenging Lengthy training sessions Less intuitive in terms of finding shortcuts and system tools Customization is challenging EHR module is not comprehensive SNAP Health Center: SNAP Health Center is a management tool designed for schools of all sizes for health monitoring, screenings, appointment scheduling, and more. SNAP is a cloud-based student health surveillance tool. Certain schools don’t find SNAP Health Center as a feasible option because of its disadvantages such as: No free trial/version No training/help tools, only call/email support Less intuitive in terms of the complex names in menus User interface is difficult to maneuver Skyward Skyward is a K-12 SIS that offers academic planning, a portal for family engagement tools, and task management for admin and students. It is an ideal solution for schools and districts looking forward to an intelligent SIS for student data collection, organization, and ease of communication. Here are some suggestions it needs to look at: Software is not user-friendly and looks outdated Customization difficulties Not comprehensible Reporting is confusing Synergy With over 10,000 users, Synergy is a well-known web-based software that improves the health outcomes of school students and saves school nurses’ time and effort. It is quite the software required for educational looking forward to a SIS solution, but Synergy too has certain shortcomings such as: Design imperfections Saving downtime not up to the expectations Software hanging issues  

How COVID 19 tracking is helping students’ return to school plans

  The number of COVID 19 cases and deaths in the US have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly a year, and the number of people vaccinated continues to grow, CDC says. As of May 27, 2021, nearly 133 million people in the US are fully vaccinated, and the national percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive over the last 7 days was less than 3%. This is one of the lowest rates the United States has seen since widespread testing began. The CDC now recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. And widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. However, a recent study tracking return to school states that only 3 in 10 parents are comfortable with their children returning to in-person learning.   The study implies parents are prioritizing the safety of their children over in-person learning. Most parents say that schools need to be cautious about opening for in-person learning before it’s safe, even if it gets in the way of children’s education It’s clear why parents have this fear. When many schools and campuses opened in September 2020, there was a spurt in outbreaks in school, infecting thousands of students and employees, with the virus spreading to the wider community. It necessitated the need for social distancing, hygiene management and COVID 19 tracking in the school environment to keep the spread of the virus from going out of control. Tracking of COVID 19 has a very critical role to play in reopening schools. A system to track COVID 19 can help school nurses and administrators manage safety of the school environment and ensure children and staff are in a healthy learning environment. Teachers’ unions and other educator groups agree. They say controlling the virus is necessary to reopen schools safely, even for partial in-person classes. And they say that having more comprehensive data on the virus in schools could provide stronger clues about how to do so.     What is a COVID 19 tracker? COVID 19 tracker is a software solution that enables an organization to track and manage the spread of COVID 19 in their community. A COVID 19 tracking system for schools is a critical tool that can help in reopening schools safely and making learning stress-free for students and parents.     How can schools benefit from COVID-19 Tracker? The EduHealth COVID 19 tracker is a single system for COVID 19 tracking in schools with two important modules – a COVID 19 tracker and contact tracer. The COVID 19 school health tracking system on EduHealth is built to assist school re-opening plans by tracking and monitoring cases of COVID 19 in the school environment. The system enables school health authorities to track cases systematically and take necessary next steps to stop a spread in the school and associated community. To help schools achieve this goal, school nurses can use the COVID 19 tracker system for schools to collect staff and students’ symptom-related data, as well as monitor the health and status COVID 19 positive cases. Once a student starts showing symptoms of COVID 19, school nurses will suggest that they undergo a COVID 19 test. This starts the tracking process. The system will inform school nurses when 48 hours have passed since the student started showing symptoms and school nurses can contact the student concerned to know the status of the test. If the student tests negative, the school nurse marks the case as a false alarm, and if tested positive, they are moved to the COVID 19 positive stage. In this stage, school nurses must ensure that the student moves from in-person learning to a remote learning environment. Even in a remote learning environment, parents can update students’ symptom-related information on the system, keeping school health authorities updated on their students’ health information. Two weeks after testing positive, the student moves to the Returns Expected stage, where once again the school nurse can check on the status of the person. Once the student tests negative and are well, they can return to in-person learning, and school nurses can change the status of the student to Returned. At any given time, the tracker shows the real-time status of the number of potential positive cases and COVID 19 positive students and staff. The COVID 19 tracker: · Tracks suspected cases · Monitors symptoms of those found positive and quarantine monitoring · Checks symptoms of students and staff daily with a comprehensive symptom checklist · Manages confirmed cases workflow, suspected cases, and contact information · Tracks false positives · Automates status updates, workflows, and status change reminders · Patient outcome monitoring · Has integrated reporting The contact tracer on EduHealth assists school nurses in identifying the close contact groups of an affected student and staff. With the EduHealth contact tracer, school nurses can collect important contact data and are have the right information for fast decision-making that’s critical to keep the school safe. The EduHealth contact tracer decreases the chances of a disease spread within the school environment with: · Contact tracing · Cohort management · Risk and exposure assessments and status reporting · Reporting and analysis of the case · Emergency contact data information and notification provision     COVID 19 tracking helping keep schools open COVID 19 tracking system for schools like EduHealth COVID 19 tracker are going to play a critical role in helping keep schools open. It provides school health authorities with the right data that enables them to take faster decisions that helps to keep the school environment safe. Schools using the COVID 19 tracker on EduHealth have found the system helpful in keeping children learning in a safe environment. To learn more about managing COVID 19 in your schools with a comprehensive tracking system, talk to us today.