Tribal health partners join shared electronic health record system, connect to ANMC

February 11, 2016

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is partnering with ANTHC to begin sharing an electronic health record (EHR) system for the organization’s hospital and clinics. SEARHC will join ANMC and other Tribal health partners on the Cerner EHR system, which will improve patient care through increased communication between our organizations and providers. SEARHC is the fourth regional partner to adopt the shared Cerner EHR system, joining the Kodiak Area Native Association, Copper River Native Association and Norton Sound Health Corporation. Southcentral Foundation and ANTHC make up the ANMC partners. Additionally, six more Tribal health partners in the Anchorage Service Unit (ASU) will also begin utilizing the shared Cerner EHR domain. Rollout will occur throughout 2016 for Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Native Village of Eklutna, Chugachmiut, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, and Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium. Other Tribal partners are exploring future opportunities to join the shared domain. For the patients referred to care at ANMC or seen by ANMC specialists at field clinics, the shared electronic health record enhances the quality of care our people receive and improves care team communication and efficiency. After the shared EHR is deployed at SEARHC and ASU locations, about two-thirds of all outpatient encounters throughout the Alaska Tribal Health System will be available in the shared EHR domain. Providers at regional or community locations will now have complete documentation from an ANMC inpatient or clinic visit immediately available when a patient returns home. ANMC providers seeing SEARHC or ASU patients in specialty clinics or at the hospital will now have complete patient records available within our EHR, including medication lists, allergies, problem lists, lab results, radiology and documentation. The EHR connection will also add benefit to our specialty providers during field clinics since access to the same records will be available to view and document. Additional improvements include integration with telehealth consultations, the communications available through the EHR Message Center, and enhanced workflows that utilize these communication capabilities.

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