President’s Update for August 2, 2013

In this edition...

Indian Health Service Electronic Health Record (IHS EHR) is live at six SEARHC locations

Ethel Lund Medical Center and Front Street Clinic are now fully live with the IHS EHR as of Thursday August 1. We are now live with the IHS EHR at the following outpatient areas: Alicia Roberts Medical Center, Haines, Klukwan, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, Ethel Lund Medical Center and Front Street Clinic. Please join me in thanking all the IT, clinical and administrative staff who made this possible.

Now that clinics are live with the EHR in most locations, SEARHC is turning its attention to applying for federal and state Meaningful Use incentive payments - financial support for using an electronic health record to collect and transmit data electronically rather than on paper. SEARHC received about $1.5M in incentive payments in FY13 from the State of Alaska's incentive program by implementing the EHR. SEARHC is eligible to receive incentive payments for all MDs, DOs, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Health Aides who use the EHR in a "meaningful way," such as entering patient demographics, ordering labs, updating patients' problem lists, documenting their smoking status, and providing clinical summaries.


Klawock Summer Culture Camp

SEARHC’s Community Family Service Worker, Forest Anderson with support by other CFS staff, Prevention and Health Promotions employees initiated a rebirth of a Klawock Culture Camp. A culture camp had not been held in Klawock for many years with the support of local tribal councils and other community partners along with the Alaska Native Sisterhood members and their families the event was held on one Saturday in June, another one in July. There will be one more meeting to ready the group for the gift giving to the elders at the Totem Pole Raisings in August. In addition to feeding a multitude of hungry children, adults and elders, with traditional and customary foods, the staff coordinated a variety of culturally related activities including medicine bags, mini drums, ornaments made from chips off the totem poles and devil’s club necklaces. Clearly, one of the Camp’s highlights was the Tlingit language class taught by Ms. Anderson’s daughter Marina.

The local Native Arts Instructor, Debbie Head helped by selecting the name of the camp, Sigoowu Yatk i Hit, Children of the Happy House.  Staff, volunteers, and participants thoroughly enjoyed the events and the reawakening of a Culture Camp in Klawock. Returning to culture celebrating and recognizing the importance of culture increases self esteem and self confidence in participants as well as creating better behavioral health outcomes.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


OUR ONLINE SPECIALTY CLINIC SCHEDULES

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 here on our website. They are listed under both the "Services" menu and the "Patient Information" menu. Our Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics are all located on these pages.