Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Athletic Trainer Appreciation Month

Posted by Kerri Wade on Mar 29, 2018 3:02:26 PM

In honor of National Athletic Trainer month, Magnus would like to put the spotlight on all of the school Athletic Trainers out there! National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the valued work of the Athletic Trainers. They work hard to prevent athlete injuries as well as to treat them, and to make sure that the students recover and can get back on the field as quickly as possible.

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Best Practices for Using Parent Email Reminders to Ensure Form Compliance

Posted by Kerri Wade on Feb 23, 2018 10:06:52 AM

It’s that time of the year again! Enrollment season is here and it is important for schools to establish an easy, streamlined experience for parents and guardians to submit their student’s health forms.The key to this is an efficient communication between the school staff and parents about what forms are required and when they are due. This can help avoid any confusion and frustration during this busy time of the year. A great tool to keep parents informed about their student’s enrollment requirements and the approaching deadlines are email reminders. An online Student Health Record (SHR) solution such as Magnus, can streamline the form collection process for schools and save staff valuable time. This blog post will cover best practices on using parent email reminders and how they are successfully utilized by Magnus client schools.

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Security Risk Management: What Schools Need to Know Prior to Choosing an SHR Solution

Posted by Christina Trimis on Jan 30, 2018 12:12:38 PM

Educational institutions collect various types of sensitive information from students and employees. For students, personal identifiable information (PII), health records and, sometimes, parent credit card information is collected and stored in addition to their school performance records. Higher educational systems may be involved in research that is considered confidential and proprietary. Hackers generally target organizations where they may get the most personal health information (PHI). Healthcare and education are a prime target not only because they have a vast collection of PHI records, but also because they are known to have a weaker defense mechanism. That is the very reason why it is so vital for schools to evaluate the security vendor of the available Student Health Record (SHR) solution prior to making their purchasing decision.
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Security is a process. It starts with identifying the sensitive information data set, its location, who should be authorized to access it, and how to best secure it based on the known threats. Security policies document these details and provide employees guidance on how to protect the private information. Then, it’s all about the execution and a life cycle of learning and improving.

Because schools are a common target for security breaches, it is vital for schools to have a detailed protocol in place. Following the set security processes that have been successfully implemented ensures that human error will not be the cause of a PHI leak or threat.

Schools deal with a variety of vendors and each vendor should be expected to have a security program in place. Just like the school itself, its vendors must protect the school’s data assets whether that’s from an external or internal threat. Here are some requirements schools should consider when selecting new SHR vendors:

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Topics: Health Trends Education

Managing Diabetes & Epilepsy in School Aged Children

Posted by Kerri Wade on Nov 28, 2017 1:57:32 PM

Did you know that November is Diabetes and Epilepsy Awareness Month? Many children in schools suffer from these two conditions. Getting diagnosed with either of these conditions can be extremely frightening, especially for children and their parents. The good news is that knowing how to manage the disease, and by being armed with the appropriate care information, allows children to continue on with their lives as normal as possible, while putting parents’ mind at ease.

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SIS vs. SHR: The Real Difference

Posted by Kerri Wade on Oct 26, 2017 6:17:14 PM

Properly collecting, managing, and tracking student information is crucial for success in independent and public schools alike. It is vital that schools have quick access to all of the necessary and up-to-date information on their students. Most schools have a Student Information System (SIS) in place, but overlook the need for a Student Health Record (SHR) system.

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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

How to Have the Most Successful School Year With Magnus

Posted by Kerri Wade on Aug 30, 2017 11:19:38 AM

How time flies! As the new school year kicks off, we wanted to provide some useful tips and tricks on how to prepare for a successful school year! At Magnus, we help over 540 schools to start off the school year on the right foot, and keep them well prepared throughout the school year. For those of you who do not currently use Magnus, don’t worry! This post will provide plenty of tips on how to have your best school year for Magnus clients and non-clients alike.

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Top 10 Tips To A Healthy Summer

Posted by Kerri Wade on Jun 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

School is officially out and three months of fun are here! Summers filled with endless relaxation and playtime are what children look forward to the most each year. However, it is important to keep in mind that safety is key, and practicing healthy habits are important for a child’s health. Keep the fun going while teaching kids healthy habits that will keep them safe all summer long!

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Tired of Shuffling Through Paperwork All Summer?

Posted by Kerri Wade on May 26, 2017 11:54:42 AM

When you think of Summer vacation, what do you think of? Are you thinking of relaxation and time off or are you thinking of all of the form preparation needed for the next school year? With Summer quickly approaching, re-enrollment season is right around the corner. For many nurses and administrators, this means these next few months will consist of trying to collect and track down student health forms in order to prepare for admissions and re-enrollment. This process is a very time-consuming task for the majority of schools. Don’t forget about the endless calls coming in on a daily basis from parents with questions about requirements, forms and compliance... Summer vacation that should be used to de-stress becomes one of the busiest times for both schools and parents!  

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The Annual Report is Back!

Posted by Kerri Wade on Apr 27, 2017 1:52:34 PM

The 2016-17 Annual Report ‘Health Care and Athletics Trends in Independent Schools’ is now available for download!


Four years ago, Magnus decided to take all of the feedback we had received over the years about the lack of information on Independent Schools and began the journey to change that. In 2014, with the help of Health Staff professionals, we published our first Annual Research Report of Independent School Health Services. Since then, the report has helped to foster a nationwide, information sharing community to compare data and share best practices. The research that came out of the 2013-14 Annual Report was so beneficial that we decided to conduct further research with our next Research Questionnaire and  Magnus published our second Annual Report in 2015.

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