Patient Information Tracking System
- Health Departments in the Athens area have used a computerized patient
information and tracking system since 1985.
- The second revision of that system called HN2 has just been
installed in each of our 10 county Health Departments.
- HN2 focuses on tracking the services of patients, with particular
attention to those at high risk of adverse health outcomes.
- HN2 uses an Internet browser called Netscape.
- HN2 is capable of allowing selected service providers access to
patient information on the worldwide web or Internet as long as each
patient gives their informed consent and the provider has been given a
- In the past the Clarke County School District has used and Clarke County
Family and Children's Services currently uses a specially prepared Health
Department on-line immunization database. This is a password protected
limited database which with required parent permission allows official
personnel to determine a child's certified immunization status which may be
necessary for school entry or Medicaid eligibility.
- Public Health is considering making a similar information system available
through the Internet to other providers such as Obstetricians,
Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, and Hospitals so that perinatal health
records may be made accessible for those patients who have given their
written permission to allow access.
- Since Public Health receives state funding for Perinatal Case Management,
Pregnancy Related Services, and High Risk Child Tracking, on-going support
for this low cost data system is assured.
- Patient controlled sharing of health information with doctors, hospitals,
and professional outreach workers would improve a system of case management
and allow a patient to get better care without omissions or duplications.
- Such a system of information sharing would also be useful for management of
chronic diseases in adults such as diabetes and hypertension.
- Privacy of patient records and patient control of their entry into such a
system is of critical importance to the trust that is necessary for
successful information sharing to improve health services for patients.
- Public Health's primary mission is to improve access to basic health
knowledge and services. Reducing disparities in health outcomes like
infant mortality, immunization, teen pregnancy, and cardiovascular disease
have been major program goals for the past two decades. In close
collaboration with doctors, hospitals, parents, schools, and the community,
we have been successful in closing the racial gap in infant mortality,
immunization, and teen pregnancy. Community-wide efforts on cardiovascular
disease are underway.