Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

A Thanksgiving "thank you" to school nurses

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 26, 2014 10:50:37 AM

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Ever heard of the saying, "I get by with a little help from my friends"? For students these days, that saying couldn't be more true. As they wander a hectic maze of mentally and physically draining activities - including early morning classes, after-school sports practices, peer pressure, and increasing chronic illness - it's no wonder why teens and children always seem tired. It's because they are! But luckily, they get by with a little help from a few unconventional friends. And this time of year, we're extra thankful for those friends.

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Topics: School Nurses

Integrating your student information system with Magnus Health

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 20, 2014 11:04:25 AM

tech_laptop,_typing_on_mac_4_smaller_cropThe way you collect, update, and manage student information is critical to effectively managing an independent or private school. In order to make the process efficient and streamlined, many schools utilize a student information system (SIS). But because student information systems can't cover every need, they often integrate with systems that can provide a concentrated focus. For example, health and health center needs. Even student information systems that provide a “health option” often find integration a better option for schools seeking a health center solution. 

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Topics: SMR, Technology

The Finalsite - Magnus Health software integration

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 13, 2014 10:23:00 AM

finalsite_logo_and_magnus_gearThere's been quite a bit of talk about our independent school software integrations lately, and for good reason. As more schools look to reduce their carbon footprint and increase data security, it only makes sense to take student health information paperless. And the whole processes is even easier when your school's Student Information System and/or website works together with your school's Student Medical Record software.

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Topics: Technology

The WhippleHill - Magnus Health software integration

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Nov 12, 2014 11:39:00 AM

Screen_Shot_2014-11-12_at_10.43.41_AMTechnology has done wonders for informational organization and security at independent schools. The old ways of filing student information into cabinets have transformed into online record-keeping via Student Information Systems and Student Medical Records. But as wonderful as these robust technologies may be, wouldn't it be even more wonderful if they worked in harmony? Wouldn't it be a life saver if you could enter information into one school software portal, and that same information appeared in another? The answer is a resounding "yes." 

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Topics: Technology

Join other SMR users for Magnus training (and fun) at Academy 2015

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 6, 2014 9:21:00 AM

Academy_CapIf the first Magnus Academy is any indication, a lot of Magnus school nurses and other staff are going to have a great time in Raleigh next July. We're planning Academy 2015 like it's our job, and we're going to make it even better than last year! We've taken the feedback from last year's attendees, and we're doing our very best to make all their suggestions happen. So, it is with great confidence that I tell you, Academy 2015 is going to be bigger, have more training opportunities, more sessions, more chances to meet and work with Magnus staff in person, and there may even be a surprise (or two).

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses, Recap

The Who and How of independent school health services research

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 5, 2014 9:03:00 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1In an earlier blog, New research for independent school nurses and health services, we gave an overview of the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services, but the research and annual report wouldn't exist without the people who created it and the people who participated in it. So, without further ado, I present to you, the Who and the How of the annual report.

With advice, input, and direction from an advisory panel of distinguished independent school nurses, the Magnus Health marketing and product teams designed the annual research questionnaire. The panel of six members allowed us to identify and hone in on the topics most important to school health professionals so the information gathered would be as useful as possible.
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Topics: Business Office, School Nurses

Senior Systems - Magnus Health school software integration

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 30, 2014 9:21:00 AM

Simplifying processes is never a bad thing. Neither is easing the burden on parents or decreasing time spent on redundant administrative tasks. So the Senior Systems, Magnus Health integration, which accomplishes all these tasks, can only be a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. Senior Systems and Magnus Health have partnered to offer Single Sign-On (SSO) for parents and an automated data transfer integration, which will save school administrators time by streamlining the information update and account creation processes.

The SSO process requires that schools use both My Backpack and Web Services. With those pieces in place, parents can use their My BackPack username and password when logging into Magnus. Schools must create parents and students in the Magnus system before the parent can successfully login. There are various methods of doing that, but we recommend using Auto Roster Import to make it as seamless as possible.

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Topics: Technology

New research for independent school nurses and health services

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 23, 2014 9:09:00 AM

AnnualReport2014-thumb-400px_1-1We work with school nurses every day and we heard from many of them that they had a desire for information and resources about independent school health services, but the research simply didn't exist. So we set out to change that. Together with a panel of six independent school health professionals, we developed the 2013-14 Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services. And now, we're happy to report, the results are in, analyzed, and available to you in the 2013-14 Annual Report of Independent School Health Services.

It's a great read, but let's face it, 32 pages is a lot of info. So, I've distilled it here so you can have a bird's-eye view of the information in 10 minutes or less. Read the short version here for surface details, and download the full version to read when you have a few more minutes on-hand.

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Topics: Business Office, School Nurses

4 Tips for getting faster answers from Magnus Health support

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 15, 2014 10:25:00 AM

When you reach out to our Client Services team for help, you know we are going to assist you as quickly and thoroughly as humanly possible.

But did you know there are a few things you can do to help us help you even faster and more accurately? Here are four things that our savviest customers do when reaching out to Magnus Client Services.

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Topics: SMR, School Nurses

5 Action plan templates for schools

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Oct 9, 2014 9:56:00 AM

5_sample_action_plans_edited-917753-editedAction plans are the first step to understanding, and being prepared for, complex student health needs. They document known health conditions, provide treatment guidelines, and keep everyone's minds a little more at ease. 

The goal of an action plan is to provide school nurses and administrators with the necessary information to treat a student for a condition they may have - this includes allergies, diabetes, seizures, and more. In fact, action plans are so vital that we included them in our list of the seven essential components of a student health file

Now, join us as we provide you with five action plan templates for schools that you can use to better understand your students' health needs. Distribute these forms to parents before the beginning of the year, or better yet, utilize conditional questions so that parents aren't burdened with unnecessary paperwork. The bonus for Magnus Health SMR customers is that your action plans are digitally distributed to parents (using conditional questions if you choose) - meaning everything is already set!

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management, Emergencies

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