State funds to boost health IT in Hawaii

Aim is to improve electronic medical record systems statewide
By Bernie Monegain
09:08 AM

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released more than $21.7 million for capital improvement projects to upgrade and improve state hospital facilities and services statewide. The majority of the spending is designated for health information technology projects.

"The majority of these CIP funds will go toward modernizing medical record information systems at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation facilities," Abercrombie said, when he announced the initiatives last week. "Funds will also facilitate other improvements and replace outdated equipment statewide, improving access to quality healthcare for the people of Hawaii."

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The funds are allocated as follows:

  • $14,321,000 for electronic medical record systems, statewide. This money will fund system equipment that will support acute, long-term care, ambulatory and critical access hospitals and will automate clinical and financial processes; allow for a substantial degree of standardization across regions; and be compliant with the HITECH Act and privacy and confidentiality mandates.
  • $4,750,000 for Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui. Funds are earmarked for design, construction and equipment for renovations to the imaging, laboratory and oncology departments. The imaging and laboratory departments are more than 30 years old, and some of the equipment is antiquated and past its useful life. The oncology department is more than 20 years old and faces daily overcrowding issues. The appropriation will expand and renovate patient care areas for the oncology department. The medical center will remodel the imaging department’s rooms, offices, hallways and waiting area to meet new industry standards and to accommodate new imaging equipment to maintain patient care.
  • $1,771,000 for Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Island. For lanning and equipment to replace dietary equipment, which is more than 25 years old.
  • $500,000 for Kula Hospital, Maui. For design, construction and equipment for repairs to the patient rooms, support areas and exteriors of the hospital building, which is more than 75 years old.
  • $200,000 for Lanai Community Hospital, Lanai. For design, construction and equipment for repairs to patient rooms, kitchen and support areas of the hospital, which are more than 40 years old.
  • $225,000 for Leahi Hospital, Oahu. For design and construction to remove an underground storage tank, which is no longer in use and needs to be removed to comply with the EPA regulatory requirements.

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