CCHCS making the switch to electronic record keeping
Local 1000 members will take part in pilot program
Local 1000 bargaining leaders are monitoring the launch of a new electronic records system that California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) hopes will streamline health care services in state prisons. Called Electronic Health Records System (EHRS), the system will begin its rollout in October.
EHRS will be a single system for laboratory information, health records, diagnoses, pharmacy and medication management. CCHCS is instituting the new system in hopes the new technology will create an integrated pharmacy solution to provide ordering, dispensing and medication delivery. The EHRS will also provide an integrated scheduling system for patient appointments.
Local 1000 member leaders attended a May 29 presentation from the CCHCS project team and learned about the pilot program rollout that will begin at Folsom State Prison, Folsom Women’s Facility, Central California Women’s Facility and California Institute for Women on October 27. Central fill, health records and headquarters will go live simultaneously with the pilot. Click here for roll out dates for each institution.
Studies have shown that electronic health records have the potential to lead to better outcomes for patients, but there are also serious concerns about accuracy and usability.
“We will continue to meet with the State regarding the implementation of the Electronic Health Records System to ensure our members’ concerns are addressed and encourage members to contact us with any issues,” Sophia Perkins, Chair, Bargaining Unit 4.
Local 1000 members will attend a program simulation provided by the project team in early July. As the team continues to gather information the new program will need your feedback and concerns. Email us regarding the implementation of the CCHCS new EHRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.