$250K grant for system upgrade to Fairfield County Health Department

Patients who would visit the Fairfield County Community Health Center, very soon, won’t require to fill out forms before every visit or wait a long time to receive the results of a medical test. The reason being that the center was awarded a $250,000 federal grant for purchasing a computerized patient management system and an electronic health records system, making it easier for nurses and doctors to manage patients’ health records. The patients, with use of this new technology, will receive prescriptions or test results sooner and won’t have to fill out a medical form every time they visit the center for an appointment, said Nursing Director, Gwen Shafer. The Health Resources and Services Administration gave the health center the Capital Improvement Program grant this month. The agency awarded a total of $851,520,259 nationally in CIP grants, according to its Web site. Every year The Health Center, serves about 3,300 patients of all ages every year. Patients can go to the center for pregnancy care, physicals or for immediate medical attention for a minor illness.

Shafer said the patient management system will help doctors improve scheduling of appointments, medical billing and data tracking, such as how many patients the center sees a day. She said the health records system will allow doctors to store patient information on the computer, eliminating the paper patient records the center has to keep on hand now. Clinic supervisor Karolyn Kunz said the new technology will make life much easier for the patients and the medical staff.

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