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Student Health Records (SHR): Most Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Christina Trimis on Oct 26, 2017 6:04:47 PM

With today’s technology constantly evolving, it’s more important than ever for schools to have the best tools at hand to not only manage student health information, but to also keep it protected. Gone are the days of keeping health forms in binders tucked away in the nurse’s desk drawer. Now, the best tool for the job is a Student Health Record (SHR) software. SHR software is the digital version of the paper health record that contains a full account of a student’s health history. This can include allergy action plans, concussion documentation, immunization records, emergency information, and consent to treat forms.

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Topics: Education

How to Convince the Decision Makers That Your School Needs a Student Health Record Software

Posted by Christina Trimis on Sep 30, 2017 3:17:04 PM

Do you need help convincing the budget masters that an electronic Student Health Record (SHR) software is exactly what your school needs to have a successful school year? Many schools pay for training and certifications each year, but fall short on providing the physical tools needed for health and athletics staff to be successful.

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Topics: Education

The Struggle with Compliance: Why Your School Did Not Have a 100% Form Compliance Rate by Day 1 of School

Posted by Kerri Wade on Sep 28, 2017 11:16:49 AM


Most schools face the huge obstacle of collecting and managing all of the required student forms by the first day of school. Having vital, up-to-date information for each student is not only important for providing efficient student care, but it also helps schools to be prepared in the event of an emergency, and to reduce liability. Most requirements cover crucial, life-saving information such as allergies, medications, chronic health conditions, and emergency contacts. So why is it that so many schools struggle to collect all of their required forms by the first day of school? Here are some of the common issues schools face:

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Topics: Health Trends Education

Getting to Know Our Partners

Posted by Christina Trimis on Aug 29, 2017 3:51:29 PM

Magnus Health takes pride in its ability to be extremely versatile, adaptive, and intuitive. The Magnus team works hard everyday to understand exactly what client needs are and how best to help them. For years, Magnus has been working with various partners to make sure that customer needs are not only met, but exceeded. Currently, Magnus works with several great partners, all of which offer different added value to our clients. 

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Topics: Magnus Spotlight Education

How EMRs Have Transformed Student Enrollment

Posted by Christina Trimis on Jul 28, 2017 3:56:35 PM

The progression of technology over the last decade has been unprecedented. Not long ago, cell phones were a rarity and wireless internet was just becoming a staple in American homes. Fast forward to today and schools have active Instagram accounts, and students check in at the nurse’s office with an iPad.

We’re not strangers to the technology conversation either... After almost 10 years of working directly with schools to help them bring their student health records online, we know that technology has enormous benefits, especially during the enrollment season. We’ve seen schools that we work with completely transform their enrollment process by bringing their health and signature-only forms online. So if you’re wondering how to make enrollment run more smoothly, then you came to the right place! Let’s talk about how Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) can change the way you think of enrollment.

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Topics: Education

Improve Form Collection by Understanding the Parent Experience

Posted by Kerri Wade on Jul 28, 2017 3:50:31 PM

The summer should be measured by the number of hours you spend at the beach not the number of forms you have to fill out before school starts. Let's take an in-depth look at why schools should look at the parent experience as the key to improving the form collection process.

Karen is a mother from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her seven year old daughter Katie just began summer vacation and will be starting second grade in September. Mid-way through the summer, Katie was diagnosed with severe allergy-induced Asthma and was prescribed an albuterol inhaler for her to carry at all times. Naturally, Karen wanted to notify her daughter's school. She remembered Katie brought home papers at the end of the year that she could fill out regarding her new condition. Karen tracked down the huge pile of forms only to realize there was a notice that her daughter’s physical had expired! When she called the doctor, they were booked until the end of September, but the due date on the forms was the first day of school.

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Topics: Education

The Impact Electronic Student Medical Records Have On Schools

Posted by Christina Trimis on Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

At the beginning of each school year, many schools struggle with collecting and processing student health records and various other forms. School nurses and administrators seek solutions to better manage this process, but deciding on the right solution has its own challenges. The solution that many schools are discovering is a web-based Student Medical Record (SMR).

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Topics: Education

Vendor Accreditation and Why It Matters to Schools

Posted by Christina Trimis on May 26, 2017 11:54:12 AM

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New technologies, such as phone apps, online services, and personal smart devices, are being used by schools in ways that allow new data to be generated constantly about individual students and groups. This data can include anything from sports physicals to treatment notes for when they visit the nurse. Communications between schools, students, and parents are often facilitated, collected, and often stored by a third-party vendor, that is a company providing an outside service. Schools across the country are now seeking the services of third-parties to provide secure online platforms to manage student health information.

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Topics: Education

HIPAA & FERPA: What they are, and how they apply

Posted by Christina Trimis on Apr 27, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We're frequently asked about HIPAA and FERPA and how they apply to our schools. We're not experts, so we asked an expert to share insight with us. And that's exactly what Karen Gregory, Director of Compliance and Education at Total Medical Compliance (TMC) did for us in a webinar. Below are the basics of HIPAA and FERPA, taken from Karen's presentation. We'll go briefly into what each law is, and how they each apply to schools and student records.

This is not legal advice, nor is it intended as legal advice.

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Topics: Education

Speed, speed and more speed!

Posted by Kerri Wade on Dec 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Performance enhancements, code improvements and bug fixes...oh my. In our latest release on November 30, 2016, we've cleaned up and reproduced many sections within the back end of the Prescriptions section along with updates to the Medication Schedule making them cleaner, faster and more efficient!

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Topics: Magnus Spotlight Health Trends Education

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