Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are collaborating on a new Electronic Health Record System (EHR) that is scheduled to go live on Oct. 1. The new system is expected to improve health care for Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) patients by streamlining providers’ access to patients’ medical chart history.
ANMC staff will train to use the new system from August through November. Appointments may be limited and wait times may be affected during this time period. ANMC will benefit from the State of Alaska’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, which provides financial incentives to eligible hospitals that adopt, implement and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
Q: How will the Electronic Health Record System affect the quality of my healthcare?
A: A network of electronic health records will help health care providers access health history quickly, no matter where the patient is in the hospital. This could be especially important in an emergency.
Q. How will the Electronic Health Record System improve safety and efficiency?
A. Having health history available through electronic health records reduces mistakes made by health care providers. Electronic health records can support decisions made by your integrated care team, reduce medical errors and ensure that patients do not have the same medical tests performed twice unless deemed necessary by a health care provider.
Q. Will my medical records be safe?
A. Medical record privacy, including electronic medical record privacy, is mandated by federal law and SCF will ensure that privacy obligations are met.
Have questions about the new system? Call Southcentral Foundation at (907) 729-4955.