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Azalea Health Announces Results of Area’s First Hackathon

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2014 Hackathon winnersSifuentes brothers from VSU took first place in the competition held by Azalea Health, in cooperation with Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College April 19.

Azalea Health, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, successfully hosted its first annual hackathon April 19, 2014 at Valdosta State University. Brothers, Alan Sifuentes and Jacob Sifuentes from VSU, took first place in the competition for developing a website for a patient / doctor question and answer forum.

Eight teams of students from both Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College competed in the daylong event. Their project goal was to write a program for VSU students and professors that would help them improve their health, awareness, and wellbeing.

“We were very pleased with the turnout of Azalea Health’s first ever Hackathon in Valdosta, Georgia. We met a lot of bright students with some extraordinary talent. We definitely will plan to make this an annual event in the future,” says Baha, CEO of Azalea Health.

Azalea Health awarded $1,750 for the winners of the Hackathon. VSU’s President, Dr. William McKinney presented the winners with their prizes. First place went to team # 5, Yes Fountain. Brothers, Alan Sifuentes (Fine Arts/Junior) and Jacob Sifuentes (Web Developer) at VSU won $1,000 for developing a website for a patient / doctor question and answer forum. The second place prize of $500 went to team # 6, Falcon Punch, for developing a meal calculator website for students eating at campus restaurants. The members included David Gully (CIS, Senior), Matthew Cliatt (CS, sophomore), David Crosby (CS, Junior). The third place team, team # 7, Starsky and Hutch, received $250 for developing a fitness tracker website with Google Maps integration. The members of this team included Bryant Beverly (CS, Senior), Miguel Tonido (Business Administration, freshman), Randy French (CS, Senior), and James Ferrier (CS Senior).

At the end of the allotted time, each team had ten minutes to present their projects to the four judges: Dr. Gibson (VSU), Dr. Roy (VSU), Ryan Schmidt (VSU), and Dan Henry (Azalea Health). The judges evaluated and scored the teams based on five criteria: innovation/creativity, quality, user-friendliness, accuracy, and overall presentation. The hackathon was made possible by the hard work and efforts of volunteers from Valdosta State University, Wiregrass Technical College, and VSU’s Spectator, The Valdosta Daily Times, WCTV Eyewitness News, and the many others who helped in promoting this special event.

Please see Azalea Health’s FaceBook page for pictures of the hackathon event. For more information, contact Azalea Health Marketing Assistant, Anna Vasquez, at avasquez@azaleahealth.com.

 

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Heartbleed – What do you need to know?

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Azalea has taken all necessary precautions to ensure your system and data are secure.

Heartbleed has been prominent in the news recently, and the Azalea development and IT team has taken steps to address and squelch it. Our team has implemented fixes to ensure that no secure information has been compromised.

Heartbleed is a vulnerability in the technology used to encrypt information transmitted over the Internet. It targets a specific version of encryption or Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate.

The Internet bug Heartbleed has also shown up in the gadgets we use to connect to the Internet. Tech giants have identified about two dozen networking devices affected by Heartbleed. “That’s why this is being dubbed the biggest exploit of the last 12 years. It’s so big and encompassing,” said Sam Bowling, a senior infrastructure engineer at the web hosting servi ce Singlehop. Read more

For more information on Heartbleed visit http://heartbleed.com/

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Azalea Health Newsletter – April 2014

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Welcome to Azalea Health!

- Mid-Carolina Surgery,Charlotte, NC – Dr. Goins

- Wichita Trauma & Surgical Critical Care, Wichita, KS – Dr. Murphy

- Weekend Vasectomy Clinic, West Jordon, UT – Dr. Justin Parkinson & Dr. Blake Johnson

ICD-10 & Industry News

 

A Cheer Was Heard Across the Land - ICD-10 Delayed to 2015

Industry experts encourage you not to delay too much. Take this opportunity to do it right. If you need an EHR or are looking to update your system, now is the time. Implement and get set up ahead of the deadline so you can train your people and reduce the potential for delays in claims and impact to your cash flow.

A survey conducted by Trizetto of more than 1,800 providers, showed that more than 60 percent have not begun to prepare for ICD-10. If you are among this group, it is important that you begin your preparations for ICD-10 now to avoid serious impact to your productivity and cash flow. Check out this video or our full ICD-10 Insight Website for helpful tips to get started today.

Contact Azalea Health at 877-777-7686 or sales@azaleahealth.com to request a live demo of AzaleaHealth’s fully integrated, cloud-based healthcare management and medical billing solution.

Windows XP Is No Longer HIPAA Compliant

Thousands in healthcare are now out of compliance with HIPAA thanks to Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP. Microsoft stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014 and OCR has been clear that unsupported systems are not HIPAA compliant. If you haven’t updated your HIPAA policies lately, you may want to do that along with updating Windows XP. This whitepaper called HIPAA Compliance: Six Reality Checks is a good place to start. Remember also that once an auditor finds one violation (like Windows XP), then they start digging for even more.  EMR & EHR – Read more

RACs Are on Hold

CMS’s agreements with recovery audit contractors (RACs) to administer the recovery audit program are winding down. The current RACs may no longer send additional documentation requests (ADRs) to providers. Recovery auditors may conduct automated reviews through June 1, and may complete reviews for the ADRs sent as of Feb. 28. CMS has yet to issue a request for new contracts, but has extended the current contracts (originally, set to expire last month) until the end of 2015. CMS has stated that the pause will allow it “to continue to refine and improve the Medicare Recovery Audit Program. AAPC News - Read more

New EHR Incentive Programs Tip Sheet for Eligible Professionals Practicing in Multiple Locations

Are you an eligible professional practicing in multiple locations? Review the new Multiple Locations Tip sheet for information on how to successfully demonstrate meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The tip sheet includes guidance on determining if a location is equipped with certified EHR technology, calculating patient encounters, and what to do when different menu objectives and clinical quality measures (CQMs) are chosen across locations. CMS – Read more

HHS Data Dump Opens Physicians’ Finances to Public Scrutiny

AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD responded that while the release of data may make some family physicians feel threatened, he points out that the “action taken by CMS will provide a great opportunity for the Academy to highlight the complexity of care that family physicians provide.” A one-page informational brief posted by the AAFP provides more detail about what’s available in the data. And the Wall Street Journal created a search tool that makes it simple to type in a physician’s name and find out how much they received in reimbursements from Medicare in 2012. AAFP one-page brief – Read more

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Hardship Application

If I apply for hardship, what happens to my incentives and penalties?  Put simply, if you want to get an incentive you have to do MU. For *Medicare* providers once they start their first payment year their yearly clock for incentives keeps ticking regardless of whether they do MU or not. So miss a year = no incentive. The following year would be whatever the next available incentive is scheduled to be, NOT the one that was just missed. So there is no such thing as deferred incentives. HiTech Answer – Read more

What Happens Next On The Health Law?

Just because open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance formally closes March 31 doesn’t mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working is starting to trickle in. Here are seven things to watch before the next enrollment period begins in November. KHN – Read more

Park Rx: Using EHR Technology to Connect to Nature

Park Rx is a public health initiative promoting healthy communities. The program, under the National Park Service’s (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People US initiative, fosters a unique patient-provider relationship. Providers talk with patients about how to effectively use their neighborhood parks to do fun physical activities. For example, Dr. Zarr has fully integrated Park Rx into Unity’s EHR system, and the existing workflow across the practice to make park prescribing easy for everyone.  Health IT – Read more

Azalea Health News & Events

Azalea Health Finalist for 2014 SSA Impact Award

The SSA Impact Award recognizes companies and their teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in bringing new technology solutions to the market. The winners have built outstanding software solutions that deliver a significantly positive impact on their customers and business community. Azalea was recognized in the category: Where Georgia Leads – IT Health. The awards event is April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest. For information - Click here

Azalea Health Hosts Area’s First Hackathon April 19

Azalea Health, in cooperation with Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College, are hosting the area’s first Hackathon Saturday, April 19, 2014. The goal is to develop the most innovative and creative idea or application that meets the requirements of the selected topic which will be released at the opening of the event. The event will start on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. For more information, contact avasquez@azaleahealth.com.   Click here for more information and to register.

Georgia CEO Honors Baha Zeidan at Savannah Technical College Foundation Event

Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health, is one of the outstanding leaders who received a Community Star award at the Eighth Annual Community Stars event on March 28, 2014. He was recognized for his strong leadership of Azalea Health and in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software industry. Read more

See us at…

April 22-24 — HomeTown Health 2014 Conference

Savannah Riverfront Marriott. See what is developing in the world of healthcare. We’ll focus on the important issues and provide solutions to give you a clearer picture. Join us in Savannah April 23 – 25th, 2014 for this 3-day training event. Governor Deal will be speaking Friday morning on the state of rural healthcare in Georgia.  Click here for more information.

April 23-25 — KMGMA Conference

Wichita Marriott. Kansas Medical Group Management Association is the state affiliate of Medical Group Management Association, a dynamic organization of professionals dedicated to developing solutions to the problems facing medical group practices.  Click here for more information.

Featured Azalea Employee

You Can Count on Thom Amiot

Congratulations to Operations Manager, Thom Amiot, who recently passed his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. The CMA is an advanced-level credential for accountants and financial professionals. Having an accountant with a CMA credential is highly beneficial to a company and its clients as it focuses more on financial management, planning, analysis and control.

“I’m glad to have the opportunity to be in a position where I can merge financial analysis with business strategy. It’s been exciting to help Azalea Health grow over the past four and a half years that I’ve been with the company.”

Thom is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Valdosta State University with a B.B.A. in Finance. At VSU, he was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award as the top graduate from the Langdale College of Business Administration. He joined the Azalea Health team in 2009 as a Medical Billing Specialist while pursuing his finance degree at VSU, and transitioned to the role of Revenue Cycle Manager upon graduation. As Azalea’s Operations Manager, Thom is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, and directing human resource management and policy.

 




Azalea Health Finalist for 2014 SSA Impact Award

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Azalea Health has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 SSA Impact award. Each year the SSA Impact Award recognizes companies and their teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in bringing new technology solutions to the market. The winners have built outstanding software solutions that deliver a significantly positive impact on both their customers and business community.

Finalists were announced in five categories. Azalea was recognized in the category: Where Georgia Leads – IT Health. The awards event is April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest. For more information visit http://www.tagonline.org/events/ssa-impact-awards.

Azalea Health provides a fully integrated, cloud-based healthcare management and medical billing solution. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice. Azalea provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Patient Health Records Portal. Visit www.azaleahealth.com or call 877.777.7686 to learn more and to schedule a demo.

 

 

 

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Register Now for Azalea Health’s First Hackathon April 19, 2014

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Azalea Health, in cooperation with Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College, are hosting the area’s first Hackathon Saturday, April 19, 2014.

This is a competition between several teams of students from Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College. Their goal is to develop the most innovative and creative idea or application that meets the requirements of the selected topic which will be released by Azalea Health at the opening of the event.

Azalea Health is awarding $1,750 for the winners of the Hackathon. The first place winning team will be awarded $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place an award amounting in $250. The teams will have approximately eight hours to develop their application. When the allotted time has ended, each team will present their ideas and innovations to three judges, who will evaluate and decide the winners. Refreshments will be catered by Azalea Health and will be available for the teams during the eight-hour event.

Registration deadline is April 18th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Click here to register. The event will start on April 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. For more information, contact Azalea Health Marketing Assistant, Anna Vasquez, at avasquez@azaleahealth.com.

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Happy 6th Anniversary Azalea!

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Today is a very special day for Azalea Health. It is Azalea’s 6th Birthday!

Six years ago we had a vision to provide a sophisticated cloud-based healthcare management and medical billing solution for small practices and hospitals at a fraction of the cost and complexity. That vision has become a reality and a success.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in achieving our vision and helps us as we continue to grow and prosper. Please join us in celebrating Azalea Health’s Birthday.

Have a great day everyone!

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Georgia CEO & Azalea Health to Honor Baha Zeidan at Savannah Technical College Foundation Event

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Savannah Technical College Foundation’s Community Council recognizes deserving leaders in the community who are dedicated to their company and community. Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health, is one of the outstanding leaders who will receive a Community Star award at the Eighth Annual Community Stars event on March 28, 2014. He is being recognized for his strong leadership of Azalea Health and in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software industry.

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Azalea Health Announces First Annual Hackathon April 19, 2014

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Azalea Health, in cooperation with Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College, will be hosting the area’s first Hackathon.

March 25, 2014 — Valdosta, GA — Azalea Health, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, announces that it is sponsoring its first ever annual Hackathon on April 19, 2014 at Valdosta State University. This event will entail a competition between several teams of students from both Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College majoring in fields such as computer programming, engineering, design, and math and science. Their goal is to develop the most innovative and creative idea or application that meets the requirements of the selected topic which will be released by Azalea Health at the opening of the event.

“This Hackathon is a new technological trend that will help foster and attract programmers and software engineers to our industry,” says Dan Henry, CIO of Azalea Health. “We are excited by the opportunity to engage our local talent.”

Azalea Health is awarding $1,750 for the winners of the Hackathon. The first place winning team will be awarded $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place an award amounting in $250. The teams will have approximately eight hours to develop their application. When the allotted time has ended, each team will present their ideas and innovations to three judges, who will evaluate and decide the winners. Refreshments will be catered by Azalea Health and will be available for the teams during the eight-hour event.

Registration deadline is April 18th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Click here to register. The event will start on April 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. For more information, contact Azalea Health Marketing Assistant, Anna Vasquez, at avasquez@azaleahealth.com.

Azalea Health provides a fully integrated, cloud-based healthcare management and medical billing solution. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice.

“Azalea Health is honored to partner with VSU and Wiregrass in this event. It will bring these bright minds together to solve future problems,” says Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health. “Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Technical College are academic anchors and innovators in our community. Such events help to shine a light on the contributions and value of our institutions. ”

About Azalea Health
Azalea Health is a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services. The company was recognized by Inc. Magazine in their annual Inc. 500/5000 as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice. Azalea provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Patient Health Records Portal, as well as pre-authorization services and laboratory ordering and resulting. For more information, visit www.AzaleaHealth.com or call (877) 777-7686.

About Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University offers the best of both worlds– the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions. Students are attracted to the close-knit community where learning occurs in a supportive environment and faculty members challenge each student’s potential. VSU has a legacy as a major provider of educational services for South Georgia. As a comprehensive university, the university focuses on the long-term, total educational experience, providing a variety of catalysts for student growth in all areas of life. Study abroad and exchange opportunities at institutions around the world give students exceptional opportunities for learning. Closer to campus, VSU offers internships and experiential learning opportunities to expand student’s horizons…More About VSU

About Wiregrass Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Our programs use cutting-edge technology and offer easy access to lifelong learning for all Georgians. we offer a seamless education process in which students can transfer credits efficiently as they advance from secondary schools to technical colleges, and to the colleges and universities within the University System of Georgia. With convenient locations, financial aid, and more than 107 programs, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is committed to preparing students for successful careers in an ever changing workforce…More About Wiregrass

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Baha Zeidan Presents at the 2014 Spring GPT Conference

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Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. The GPT conference was held in Atlanta at the CNN center March 19-22. Click here for more information.

Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health, presented to the 250 attendees about the impact of cloud computing and mobile health on the industry. Contact us at marketing@azaleahealth.com to request a copy of the GPT presentation.

 

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Azalea Health Newsletter – March 2014

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ICD-10 & Industry News

CMS Says No Delay for ICD-10 Oct 1 Deadline
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told a HIMSS audience the ICD-10 transition will not be pushed back, though some providers may be giving case-by-case exemptions for meeting Stage 2 MU targets. The AMA was quick to issue a statement expressing deep concerns. The Advisory Board Company – Read more

CMS Amends Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption to Include EHR Vendor Delays
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated language in its hardship exception applications for Fiscal Year 2015 for both eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use incentive program. The updates come in the wake of hardship exception flexibility announced at HIMSS.  FierceHealth – Read more

CMS Releases “Road to 10” Resource for Small Practices
CMS has released “Road to 10,” an online resource built with the help of providers in small practices. This tool is intended to help small practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition. It includes specialty references and gives providers the capability to build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their needs.

Road to 10 online resource
Provider resources
CMS eHealth University

HIT Policy Committee Approves Meaningful Use Stage 3 Recommendations
Members of the federal advisory committee voted to approve the Meaningful Use Work Group’s Stage 3 recommendations. Those recommendations, which have been scaled back 30 percent from the initial number, will go to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which will develop a proposed rule by this fall and a final rule in the first half of 2015.  Healthcare Informatics – Read more

OCR Levies First HIPAA Fine Against Local Government
Inaction on the part of a Washington-based hospital following a notification of HIPAA non-compliance has led to the first fine of a local government by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The fine of $215,000 was levied against Skagit County for failing to act after a September 2011 self-reported breach compromised the electronic protected health information of close to 1,600 individuals served by the public health department.  FierceHealth – Read more

The Practical Playbook
Providers from Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the de Beaumont Foundation launched an online tool in a bid to better coordinate research and promote better care. The new resource will help connect public health practitioners and primary care providers using health IT.  HealthITBuzz – Read more

Explaining Patient Centered Medical Home
In a traditional practice, a patient gets care only when he or she initiates contact. In the PCMH model, doctors and staff reach out to patients to make sure they are getting the care they need. The medical home model has the potential to transform a primary care practice so that it is more coordinated, patient-centered, and accessible. According to a recent analysis by Blue Cross Blue Shield, physicians who have transformed their practices to the PCMH model have saved an estimated $155 million while improving patient care. HiTech Answer – Read more

Patient Portal Use To Shoot Up 221 Percent

The US patient portal market should grow at a blazing clip over the next few years according to a report by Frost & Sullivan. The study, U.S. Patient Portal Market for Hospitals and Physicians: Overview and Outlook, 2012- 2017, concludes that the total US patient portal market for hospitals and physicians generated revenue of just $279.8 million in 2012. By 2017, however, the US patient portal market should reach $898.4 million, representing a 221.1 percent increase in revenue generated.  EMR and EHR – Read more

Azalea Health News & Events

Azalea Health Named a Georgia Top 40 Innovative Technology Company
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), named Azalea Health as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at the 2014 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) March 26, 2014, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact, and their efforts at spreading awareness of Georgia’s technology initiatives. The speaker line-up for the summit includes

Ted Turner, the founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting, who will also be inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame at the event. For information click here.See us at…March 19-22 — GPT 2014 Conference
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. The GPT conference will be held in Atlanta at the CNN center March 19-22. A special session CME day for physicians will be held on Saturday. Click here for more information.April 23-25 — KMGMA Conference
We’ll be attending with MDS at the Wichita Marriott. Kansas Medical Group Management Association is the state affiliate of MGMA, a dynamic organization of professionals dedicated to developing solutions  to the problems facing medical group practices. Click here for more information.

 

Azalea Product Tips

These new features improve your user experience and help to streamline your practice’s workflow. Go to our new features page to see details on new product features and enhancements.

Permission to Activate/Deactivate a Patient
A new permission has been added to allow a user to activate or deactivate patients. It is located under Patients in the user’s permissions. Users with permission will be able to select Activate or Deactivate in the Patient Actions menu while reviewing a patient’s record.

Printing Chart Retains the Last Selected Items
When printing a chart, the system will now remember which items you had checked the last time you printed a chart. This allows you to uncheck specific sections (such as Procedures) and have the system carry this over the next time you print a chart without having to uncheck it again.

New Current Medications list
The Current Medications list can now be maintained on a chart-by-chart basis. You will now need to update and reconcile a patient’s medication list on each visit. You can continue to add medications using the “+Medication” button, or by entering the medications on the Medications section of the Patient Record. Now you’ll need to click the new “Update All” button in the chart for the medications to appear in that chart. For more information watch this video about the new Current Medications list.

Azalea Product Training
Need a refresher course on any of our Azalea systems? Contact our Customer Service and Support team to learn how to access video tutorials and instructional tools on every topic from billing to clinical documentation. Go to our training site, call (877) 777-7686 #3 or email cf@azaleahealth.com.

Careers with Azalea
Azalea Health is seeking talented individuals to join our Revenue Cycle Management staff and our software development team in our Valdosta and Gainesville, FL offices. Visit our careers page for a list of positions.