Automation of medical field to be a major topic
08/29/2001

HAYS, KS -- Current trends in the medical profession involve the transfer of paper medical records into electronic medical records. This applied technology will have a positive impact on the community by improving health care delivery and decreasing the chance of medical errors.

It will be one of the main topics covered at Telepower 2001, Sept. 26-27 at Fort Hays State University.

Joyce Mattison currently serves as the director of clinical systems at Hays Medical Center. She understands and interacts with numerous aspects of the health care business. She has worked as a registered nurse for 19 years in a variety of capacities, including staff nurse and nurse manager. Throughout her experiences as a health care provider, she has become involved in the technological side of the business.

"As a RN I began working with the IT department and slowly migrated into the technical process," she said. As a result of this interest in the technical side of health care, Mattison has become involved with the automation of medical records at the Hays Medical Center.

Mattison will speak at the 10th annual Telepower Conference on Sept. 27 at with Scott Rohleder, director of network services at Hays Medical Center, in a presentation titled "Electronic Medical Records -- From Paper to PC." These presenters will focus on the steps involved in transferring medical records from paper to the computer.

Mattison believes electronic medical records will improve the medical field and services. "Electronic records will allow information to be shared, decrease documentation and medicine errors, and help decision making processes for hospital officials," she said.

Telepower is a two-day conference sponsored by Fort Hays State's Docking Institute of Public Affairs and is designed to inform rural leaders on how their communities can use information technology to improve the lives of their citizens in the areas of business, education, health care, government, and economic development.

This year's underwriting sponsors include Southwestern Bell and Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation. The corporate sponsors are Rural Telephone, Information Network of Kansas, Garden City Information Technology Cooperative, Kansas Small Business Development Center, and Kansas Association of Counties.

Supportive sponsors include Sunflower Electric Power Corp., Utilicorp United, WestLink Communications, Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing, Avaya Communication, Robert and Sheryl Cox, and Palm.

Other topics covered in this year's Telepower conference include workforce development in the new economy, when locals make it big, the economy's new deal, and IT access success stories.

For more information or to register to attend Telepower 2001 contact Cathy Drabkin at (785) 628-5952 or visit the Web site at www.fhsu.edu/docking/telepower/main.html.


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