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Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently completed its 2015-16 pledge to purchase patient-handling equipment at Southeastern Med totaling $200,000. The proceeds were raised from fundraisers held throughout 2015 including Southeastern Med’s Wonderland of Trees. In addition to community support, this money was raised from proceeds generated from Southeastern Med’s Gift Shop. In 2015 alone, the Gift Shop contributed its profits totaling $45,000.
Southeastern Med is pleased to announce that Patrick D. Goggin, MD, FACP, physician at Medical Associates and Southeastern Med medical staff member was recently named Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med, his additional responsibilities include collaboration with Southeastern Med’s CEO and Vice President of Medical Affairs; appointing members of various committees; maintaining responsibilities of medical staff educational activities; and serving as the spokesman for the Medical Staff in its external professional and public relations etc. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Goggin assume this role at the medical center,” noted Dr. Ed Conaway, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “I am confident that Pat who is not only a skilled and knowledgeable physician, but also a proven leader, will excel in his new position as chief of staff.”
In recognition of February as American Heart Month, join Southeastern Med in the fight against heart disease on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. – noon, as the medical center offers free heart health screenings.
Shelly Thompson, MS,RD/LD, Southeastern Med Wellness director explained, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. It is also the leading cause of death in Guernsey County. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.”
It’s a new day at Southeastern Med and we remain committed to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our community. Technology continues to be an aspect of care that is a vital part of the patient experience. In June of 2014, Southeastern Med launched the MyHealth Patient Portal, a program which actively engages patients in their care by giving them access to valuable health information online. This online tool allows you the ability to manage a wide range of health data from wherever you are and at your convenience. You can access your account from anywhere using the internet, including your computer, smart phone, or tablet. In addition to handling their own care, parents and those with authorized consent will appreciate the ability to access the records of those individuals for whom they manage care. Since its launch, over 2,500 individuals from multiple counties have enrolled in the portal.
The MyHealth Patient Portal gives you instant and secure access to the personal health information your care team entered into your record. All of the information in the Portal comes from Southeastern Med’s Electronic Health Record. This ensures that you have access to the most up-to-date information. The information available through the Portal includes: allergies, discharge instructions, pre-registration, medical reports (such as ultrasounds, mammograms, and radiology) medication lists, upcoming appointments at the hospital, health conditions, lab results and visit histories. The portal is very easy to navigate, even with minimal computer experience. The portal also allows for easy printing and downloading of information, such as discharge instructions, if you would like to reference them later. Your health summary and other information can be downloaded to any computer through password protection. This means that even once health information is downloaded onto your computer, you must use a password to access it. You may also safely and securely email information within your portal account to approved physicians through Southeastern Med direct messaging.
Southeastern Med associates, under the direction of Eric Bradison, systems analyst, have been reaching out to our community through health fairs and other opportunities. During these events, individuals are provided with information about the Portal, given brief tutorials, and registration assistance. Signing up for the MyHealth Patient Portal is simple and can be completed within a few minutes. You are able to create a unique password to access your account, and your password will not change unless you chose to do so.
Southeastern Med associates from various departments are part of a patient experience team. These individuals provide education to patients and families about the MyHealth Patient Portal and are available to assist with portal registration before being discharged from the hospital. There are many resources available at the medical center to help you easily sign-up and view your Portal account. “The portal is an excellent resource for patients in our community as they take a more active role in managing their healthcare,” noted Bradison. “We are pleased to be at the forefront of this new technology.”
Just like technology, the portal will continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of our community. In 2016, plans are in place to offer billing within the portal; appointment, email, and text messaging reminders; and a mobile app for smart phone users. It’s a new day here at Southeastern Med and it is our continued goal to provide you with the best healthcare experience.
If you would like to sign up for Southeastern Med’s Patient Portal, please visit www.seormc.org and click on “MyHealth Portal” for further instructions. If you already have a portal account and have questions or would like further information, please contact us at 740-435-2100.
Sandra Schubert, M.D., of Superior Med in Cambridge believes the electronic transmission of health information helps her keep right on top of her patients’ care when and where they need it. That’s because the information comes to her when and where she needs it.
Even when a patient ends up in the hospital without her knowledge.
Keeping up with your patient’s care
Before the CliniSync Health Information Exchange (HIE), Dr. Schubert says she may have found out about that patient through a family member she was treating or might not have known what happened to her patient until three months later, even six months later.
Instead, she received an electronic Continuity of Care Document (CCD) – often referred to as a summary of care or discharge summary – from Ohio State where she could read what happened, look at the operative notes, the labs, the discharge planning.
“I know what to expect now. I know what’s going on with my patient. I can follow along with the patient’s care,” she says. There’s an information list there and she still needs to find the information she needs and look at it. “But it has made things better, especially if you have patients you want to keep up on.”
Becoming a healthcare community
“My practice is internal medicine and pediatrics – from the cradle to the grave – my oldest patient is 102,” Dr. Schubert says, explaining that she has been practicing in Cambridge for 18 years.
Superior Med receives results, reports and summaries of care from Genesis Healthcare based in Portsmouth, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge.
Eric Bradison, a systems analyst and patient portal administrator at Southeastern Med, says working with physicians and providers in the community is a focus of the hospital system’s work.
“Since joining the Southeastern Med team in 2013 one of my goals has been to assist our physicians and providers by helping them understand and learn the capabilities available to them through healthcare IT as well as how it can benefit their individual practices, Bradison says.
Even though she’s a guinea pig, Dr. Schubert has been an incredible asset to the initiative.
While working with her and her office staff through the implementation of Clinisync, our HIE, Dr. Schubert has played a vital role by being our first office to fully implement the functionality Clinisync provides,” Bradison says. “She has taken the time to get to know the benefits of the application and how it can work for her medical practice.”
As more hospitals go live on the CliniSync HIE, Superior Med will receive more health information. The multi-specialty group also is receiving messages through Direct, secure messaging from pharmacies when patients are immunized for the flu or pneumonia.
Getting the right information at your fingertips
She’s also able to filter out the labs she doesn’t find useful and zone in on those she does. “So, I’m not gunging up my chart with a lot of information. It’s faster and more complete.”
The electronic results also allow her to trend and graph a patient’s progress over time. For instance, she can track the A1C levels of a diabetic patient over time or the TSH levels for those with a thyroid problem to compare earlier results.
Experiencing safety, quality and speed
Does electronic communications affect clinical decision-making? Dr. Schubert answer yes. “With the labs coming in like that, it lightens up my staff load and saves man hours. There’s less risk of error with same or similar names. They’re not entering the labs by hand, which means less chance for error. So on that end, there’s safety and quality. I think it makes everything safer.”
The other side is that she really wants those labs at her fingertips. “I don’t know about other physicians, but I like having labs and ER information quickly – really fast. It’s there for me. If a patient calls up the next day, I know what they’re talking about,” she explains.
Moving towards ideal HIT
The CliniSync HIE now has the ability for hospitals and providers to “contribute” data to a patient’s community health record – a longitudinal health record that allows a consenting patient’s treating physicians from hospitals and practices to view information on that patient all in one place.
Bradison believes health information exchange will continue to grow as IT influences the entire healthcare industry.
“In today’s healthcare world, IT is playing a role that soon will be vital to all healthcare organizations. Working with clinicians like Dr. Schubert makes a seemingly complex task almost appear easy. She has paved the way to making health IT (HIT) a reality for the Southeastern Med multi-physician group Superior Med,” Bradison says.
Dottie Howe, M.A., M.Ed., is the Communications Director at CliniSync and a former print journalist.