KCON implements electronic health record system

Rebecca Sypniewski, nurse practitioner, learns an electronic health record system. In the background is Jean Martin, associate professor of nursing.
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Rebecca Sypniewski, nurse practitioner, learns an electronic health record system. In the background is Jean Martin, associate professor of nursing.
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The Kirkhof College of Nursing implemented a state-of-the-art electronic health record system at the GVSU Family Health Center, allowing providers, faculty members and nursing students to electronically chart patient data.

The system, which also ensures an efficient billing process, was installed last week at the Sheldon Street center and training was held for staff members and KCON faculty members. Cynthia McCurren, dean of KCON, said having an electronic system streamlines the charting practices and improves the quality of service that the health center's providers deliver to their patients.

"Adding information electronically, and having the capability to search database records helps prevent errors and promotes continuity of care," McCurren said.

Laurel Jackson, practice manager at the center, said the system was implemented in time for the center to accept 500 pediatric patients who are under the Children's Healthcare Access Program (CHAPS), a Priority Health program that serves families with low incomes.

McCurren added that nursing students who are on clinical rotation at the health center will be trained to use the electronic system soon. "The electronic system will enhance the experience of students, allowing them to see first-hand how it enhances the health care of the patients they serve," she said.
The GVSU Family Health Center serves Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members and their dependents, and people who live in Grand Rapids' Heartside District.

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Rebecca Sypniewski, nurse practitioner at the GVSU Family Health Center, learns an electronic health record system. In the background is Jean Martin, associate professor of nursing.