Health centers strive to go paperless

A network of health centers in Nebraska and Iowa plan will be able to get rid of the paper charts and go electronic with their records after winning a $1.3-million federal economic recovery grant.
Ted Boesen, the C-E-O of INConcertCare Incorporated, says there are 12 community health centers in the two states that will be implementing the electronic records with about 150 medical providers. Boesen says the upgrade will allow them to eventually link into state networks.
Boesen says each of the electronic records in the offices would connect with the state and allow them to coordinate and avoid the duplication of testing and other medical issues. He says the system will make a lot less work for providers.
It automates the whole primary care practice when they call for things and they get messages and reminders electronically, making it a powerful tool. He says there will be a cross-check for drugs that are prescribed, so there aren’t interactions with drugs.
INConcertCare is located in Urbandale, Iowa, and is a sister company of the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association, which serves 170-thousand people in the community health centers in Iowa and Nebraska.