Electronic Health Record Upgrade – June 4, 2018

Maniilaq Association has recently changed over to a new, state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.  Our new EHR will help our providers put the patient at the center of care and securely share patient information with one another across all Maniilaq sites and with your health partners at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). The system will give your medical team upgraded tools to improve communication, coordination, safety, and overall quality.

What is an electronic health record system?

An electronic health record (EHR) system maintains patient medical records electronically rather than using paper files. The electronic health record system securely saves and shares critical information such as a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, lab and test results, billing and scheduling information, and more.

Is my information secure?

Your privacy is important to us. Our new electronic health system follows industry standard best practices for healthcare information security and confidentiality.

How is this better for me?

The ability for all Maniilaq and ANMC providers to access your medical records means that you can be seen in any of our clinics throughout the Maniilaq service area and ANMC and our staff has immediate access to your medical history, which will follow you as you move between hospitals, doctors, and other providers. Those caring for you can easily track your progress and be proactive, which in turn allows you to feel better sooner, and maintain your health through prevention.

Will everything happen faster, since this is 100% digital?

Eventually, it will. However, as with anything new, it will take a little time for our staff to get used to using it. Because of that, your appointments may take a bit longer than usual at first to give providers more time to update your medical record. That may also mean it may temporarily take longer to schedule an appointment with your preferred provider.

What about getting my prescriptions filled?

It will also take pharmacy staff longer to process new prescriptions for a while, we appreciate your patience during our upgrade.

However, these delays are only temporary, and we will return to regular scheduling for medical appointments and prescription refills as soon as possible.