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OHEL Electronic Health Record System

First Nonprofit Foundation awarded $50,000 to OHEL to help purchase and implement Netsmart’s myAvatar electronic health record system.  The system provides for supports and improves and integrates OHEL’s care delivery process seamlessly across all levels of care, whether medical, pharmaceutical or psychiatric. All client information is found in one accessible record, including services provided to the client by agencies and hospitals other than OHEL. The system maximizes cost efficiencies in billing and tracking of payments and reimbursements, thereby increasing the agency bottom line.  Implementation of the system impacts the care delivery processes, resulting in more positive outcomes for OHEL clients and increased efficiencies in services and finances.  This system will maintain all agency records of clients receiving services of any sort from OHEL, including contact information, diagnostic information, demographic information and more.  The myAvatar system is certified as compliant with federal meaningful use standards, which will also allow OHEL to take advantage of certain incentive payments as we ramp up our use of the system.  Finally, myAvatar connects OHEL’s electronic consumer records to other electronic record systems, enabling OHEL to participate in collaborative care organizations and to meet increasing regulatory requirements.



Mission Statement

Through highly-rated foster care, developmental disability, mental health and other programs and services, OHEL provides supportive housing, treatment, care coordination, education, outreach and much more to elevate lives and strengthen individuals and communities in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, California and worldwide on the web. Driven by service excellence, OHEL’s professional staff meet the myriad social service needs of the general community, while at the same time providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community, including Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian speakers.

Organization History

Since 1969, OHEL has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises.

"OHEL is proud to be a First Nonprofit Foundation grant recipient.  Working with Joe Geiger was a pleasure and his guidance and assistance throughout the grant application was very much appreciated.  The process was thorough yet achievable and Joe was always available for discussions.  Most importantly, we are grateful to all at FNP for providing a generous grant to support our Electronic Health Records Program; finding corporate or foundation funding for IT enhancements and infrastructure growth is challenging.  Yet, FNP understands the need for such funding and the enormous impact that funding will have on OHEL’s clients as well increased efficiency for OHEL staff and administrators.  We are grateful for the partnership."