President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2012
Health Services implements Medicat

Photo by Jonathan Cohen
A renovated examination room in the Decker Student Health Services Center.

Health Services implements Medicat

Part of the recent renovation of the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) has included the implementation of an electronic medical records system, Medicat. The system, which has been deployed in modules over the past year, has provided many features and efficiencies, benefitting both students and staff. Features include an electronic student chart (the electronic medical record), a practice management system including flexible appointment scheduling and a management reporting system. Processes have been automated and students can be contacted through a secure messaging system. Student self check-in began in June 2012 and Online Student Health, a portal through which students can schedule appointments online and complete pre-visit intake forms, is expected in early 2013.     

DSHSC staff use tablets to input student information during clinical visits. The tablets can also be docked, converting the system into the more conventional monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse configuration. Students are already commenting on the new system and its benefits for service delivery. 

The implementation of Medicat, as well as the DSHSC renovation that was completed in January 2011 that expanded the health service and enables staff to provide more efficient, high-quality service to students, were made possible due to a $1.5 million gift from the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation.