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December 16, 2012
Better Healthcare Coming our Way on the Big Island

By Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

HILO, Hawai‘i – “I don’t have just one doctor.  My regular doctor referred me to a couple of specialists, and I’ve also seen some different doctors in the hospital.  And every office I go to, I’m asked the same questions, and fill out the same forms, over and over again.  Don’t these people talk to each other?”

The surprising answer is that there is a good chance that they don’t, at least not as effectively and efficiently as you might have thought.  Sit with a bunch of doctors, and you’ll hear how old-fashioned the healthcare system is (compared to the computer age that we think we live in), when it comes to making information available when and where it is needed.  That can be frustrating for the patient, who may or may not be in a condition to describe vital details.  It is equally frustrating for the person giving the care, trying to do the best job possible for each and every patient asking for help, but dealing with lost charts, illegible writing, forgotten data.

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November 18, 2012
Healthcare Joins the Growing Paperless Society

By Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

HILO, Hawai‘i – You haven’t been to your Doctor’s office for a while, and when you arrive, you notice a subtle but definite difference—it doesn’t seem quite so crowded.  There are still the same number of patients…oh, you know what it is…all those paper files are gone!  There used to be wall-to-wall shelves of patients’ records, and one of them was yours.  Now, when the nurse takes your blood pressure and temperature, she doesn’t “write down” the “information,” she “enters” the “data” into a machine.  And when the Doctor comes in, he isn’t carrying a paper file with your name on it; he’s carrying an iPad or a laptop.  What’s going on?  Are you even in the right place?

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November 09, 2012
RFP: Beacon National Information Dissemination

HILO, Hawai‘i – Proposal forms for Request for Proposal (RFP) No. RCUH-2012-09, Beacon Nation Information Dissemination, will be available from and received at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Island Beacon Community, 1437 Kilauea Avenue, Suite 105, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 no later than 4:30 p.m. H.S.T., November 30, 2012. Proposals received after the time and date fixed for submission will not be considered.  Offerors may request an official copy of the RFP by contacting the Hawaii Island Beacon Community Project Director at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling 808-933-8559.

October 21, 2012
Hawaii Island Beacon Community: The Changing Face of Healthcare on the Big Island—in plain English

By Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

HILO, Hawai‘i –There’s been an accident, and medical personnel spring into action. But the patient is unconscious when she is brought to the Emergency Room. Who is her doctor? What medicines is she taking? Does she have any allergies? These are potentially life or death questions, but where do we get the answers?

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