SEARHC IT and lab staff are making a final push to go live with the Indian Health Service Electronic Health Record (EHR) at all our ambulatory care areas. Clinical Application Coordinators, Systems Analysts, PC Techs and Lab staff will spend this week in Hoonah, Kake and Angoon. They plan to train clinic staff early in the week, go live with the EHR midweek, and provide at-the-elbow support for the remainder of the week. Midlevel providers at each clinic received advance training to help their own clinic go-lives go as smoothly as possible. These will be the first health aide clinics to go live with the EHR at SEARHC.
Next week IT and Lab staff will be on Prince of Wales Island to train Hydaburg and Thorne Bay clinic staff and go live with the IHS EHR. The same week an Application Coordinator will travel to Alicia Roberts Medical Center (ARMC), the first SEARHC clinic to go live with the EHR. ARMC's EHR needs updating with improvements made since the clinic went live a little over six months ago.
Once the EHR is live in all our outpatient clinics, our attention will turn to using the EHR to achieve Meaningful Use, entitling SEARHC to receive federal incentive payments for using a certified electronic health record. Looking forward we will be configuring the EHR for use at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Target go-live for Inpatient EHR is early April 2014. Please join me in thanking our IT, lab staff and all involved for their continuing progress and successful implementation of the EHR.
Recruitment for the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance Fall session of diabetes prevention classes has begun. Classes start September 26th. During the 16-week program participants learn about nutrition, physical activity, and other topics that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. The program also provides individual coaching sessions which help tailor the program to fit individual goals, and social gatherings for participants to stay motivated and have fun! If interested, please contact Tiffany Nelson 364-4459.
SEARHC frequently brings in traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at a variety of facilities. This can save the expense and inconvenience of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for services not available in Southeast. Some SEARHC medical providers make regular trips to smaller, remote clinics to provide specialty services that aren’t normally available in those villages. All specialty clinics, except for medical field trips and specified dental clinics, must be referred through a SEARHC provider (no self-referrals).
If you would like to check the Specialty Clinic Schedules you can find them on searhc.org. They are listed under both the “Services” menu and the “Patient Information” menu and at the following links: Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics.