Service members learn KANA’s Electronic Health Records system for ARCTIC CARE 2017

920th Rescue Wing/Public Affairs
Story by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson

Date: 03.30.2017
Posted: 03.31.2017 00:41
News ID: 228702

KODIAK, ALASKA- On March 27, 2017 service members participating in ARCTIC CARE 2017 received electronic medical record training in preparation for patient care starting on March 28, 2017.

ARCTIC CARE 2017 is an Innovative Readiness Training mission sponsored by the Office of Secretary of Defense. This year’s mission is an Air Force Reserve Command led event coordinated with Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) and civil authorities to provide medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary care in Kodiak, Alaska

According to Navy dentist Lt. Cmdr. Steve Dater, learning the electronic health records system that KANA uses will ensure continuity of care for the patients seen during ARCTIC CARE 2017.

“Now local area providers don’t have to wonder what we did when we saw patients during Arctic Care. Sometimes the patients can’t voice what they were seen for and now that we have this continuation of care. It’s awesome.”

In the past, paper charts would be used for patient treatment, and KANA would have to process a lot records, which takes many man hours.

“We are giving providers the opportunity to use our medical record software and it will give them the opportunity to chart and take their notes and everything will be in our system,” said Chad Burnside, KANA’s IT manager. “This will help serve our population so much better.”

By allowing ARCTIC CARE 2017 healthcare providers to use KANA’s electronic health record software, local providers can accurately see what care was given and also better track patient's health.

“The information we provide will help providers better trend the patient's care, and this will help them for future care,” said Tech. Sgt. Brian Campbell, 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, North Carolina Air National Guard.