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West Campus Clinic introduces electronic health records

EHR systems are now in place on all Palmer campuses.
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The Palmer Chiropractic Clinic on the West Campus is the latest of the Palmer Clinics on all three campuses to introduce an electronic health records (EHR) system.

Electronic health records systems have now been implemented at Palmer Chiropractic Clinics in all three campus communities, each of which has also earned Recognition status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Recognized as centers of excellence for chiropractic health care in their respective communities, the Palmer Clinic in San Jose officially switched to the EHR system in March of this year; Davenport introduced its EHR system last fall, and Florida in April.

“As the capstone of the Doctor of Chiropractic program, clinical education serves to prepare the graduate for contemporary chiropractic practice,” says Kurt Wood, D.C., Davenport ’79, vice chancellor for Clinic Affairs.

“This not only includes evidence-informed, patient-centered management, but also the proper documentation of delivered care and treatment,” he adds. “Electronic means of recordkeeping are quickly becoming the record documentation standard in health care. As The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education, the Palmer Clinics remain committed to staying ahead of the curve by providing interns with federallycertified EHR exposure and experience.”

The EHR systems are certified to meet national Meaningful Use Criteria, and the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics at each campus will participate in this program.

“Our participation ensures that our students are exposed to the current federal requirements that apply to health monitoring and maintenance for all patients and the technology that is designed for future healthcare delivery and information sharing,” says Greg Snow, D.C., West ’90, West Campus dean of Clinics.

“Like the NCQA Back Pain Recognition Program, the Meaningful Use Criteria focus on patient-centered, evidence-based activities, thus enhancing our ability to teach and provide the highestquality patient care.”

Intern Jeff Yeung (left) and Clinician Dr. Randy Waters (right) access information using the new EHR system during a patient’s appointment.
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West Campus interns will receive training on the EHR software (eConnect by Future Health, Inc.) during the latter half of their 9th quarter, so they are familiar with the EHR software prior to initiating outpatient care.

The College is exploring the feasibility of introducing EHR training opportunities earlier in the curriculum, so the EHR is more easily utilized upon entering the student clinic. The goal is to create a paperless clinic experience (student and outpatient) by the end of the next fiscal year (June 30, 2013).

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