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UTSA Student Health Services implements electronic health records system

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(April 26, 2013) -- UTSA Student Health Services (SHS) will begin the transition from paper health records to a new electronic health record management system effective Monday, April 29. The new system is adapted from the student health platform Point 'n Click. Once the electronic health records system is fully implemented, the ease of appointment scheduling by students is expected to dramatically improve.

"The UTSA Office of Information Technology and Student Health Services have collaborated over two years to adapt the program to the specific needs of the health service and its students," said Beth Wichman, M.D., director of Student Health Services. "The staff has been actively involved in extensive training over the last year in preparation for the go-live date.  It will enhance the delivery of patient care as well as offer extensive patient education resources."

Communication between UTSA SHS staff will be improved, resulting in enhanced prioritization of patients. The system will use a student's UTSA account number, which will enable staff to determine their eligibility for services nearly instantaneously.

Additionally, UTSA SHS staff will no longer use paper charts to review patients' symptoms or medical history, and the electronic system will allow simultaneous access to records by medical staff. This allows a medical provider to review a patient's chart or lab work at the same time that another staff member might be scheduling a follow-up appointment.

In the future, UTSA SHS staff plan to begin the implementation of other Point 'n Click features including its Open Communicator program, which allows students to complete medical forms before an appointment, an online scheduling option for some types of visits and the opportunity to communicate with a medical provider via a secure message system.

During the initial stages of the conversion, patients may experience longer wait times until the transition is complete. For those who require immediate attention, UTSA Student Health Services has provided a list of off-campus urgent care providers and clinics available at its website.

For more information, contact UTSA Student Health Services at 210-458-4142 (Main Campus) or 210-458-2930 (Downtown Campus).

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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