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Wheeling Jesuit University Health Center adopts electronic medical records.

The Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) Health Center has launched HEALTHeWV (HeWV), a paperless records system that gives health care professionals quick access to patient information, clinical practice guidelines and patient education materials. "Implementing HEALTHeWV into our university health center provides a great opportunity for our collaboration with Sponsored Programs. This partnership in turn, will help us to work better together across the University--including with faculty in our health-science programs. It's a "win-win" in a lot of ways," states Christine Ohl-Gigliotti, Dean of Student Development.

HeWV, a congressionally sponsored program brought to the state through the efforts of Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and managed by the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) at Wheeling Jesuit University offers health care providers quick access to the latest in evidence-based medicine guidelines and improving patient provider communication with use of electronic health surveys and electronic charting. HeWV goes beyond a typical electronic medical record (EMR) system to focus on patient care and improving patients' health outcomes. HeWV went "live" for the first time in 2006 at Wheeling Health Right. Since then it has been adopted by 29 additional clinics. The WJU health center is the first college campus health center in the state to adopt the system.

The WJU Health Center is committed to the mission of Wheeling Jesuit University to educate young men and women. It seeks to remove and reduce health-related barriers to learning and to encourage each student to become knowledgeable in both in prevention of illness and in responsible self-care. The Health Center functions as a resource to provide direct health care through high quality, comprehensive, cost effective, accessible service to meet the needs of the individual student.

"We have been working hard in training for the HEALTHeWV program and appreciate the time the HEALTHeWV staff took to help us prepare for the initiation of the program. We look forward to the positive changes and anticipate the program will provide us with a better ability to track student health needs" says Amy Cronin, RN and Nurse Coordinator at the health center.

The Health Center, in line with its holistic approach, offers student counseling services, commits itself to the principles of health and well-being and aspires to provide services which will enhance emotional health, personal growth, and interpersonal development.

WJU Vice President for Sponsored Programs, J. Davitt McAteer, says the University's role in the HEALTHeWV project is an extension of its overall mission to make a positive difference in the lives of fellow West Virginians. "We are proud that Wheeling Jesuit University is West Virginia's first student health center to use HEALTHeWV. We believe it will only improve the already efficient and effective work of the health center staff as well as further the already positive experience our students have at the center."

With the success of HEALTHeWV, Senator Byrd says West Virginia can serve as a model to other states considering EMR systems.

Clinics interested in more information about the HeWV program can contact Melissa Mealy at (304) 243-4375, or visit

The youngest of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education. Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its "Best Master's Universities in the South" category. The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.
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Title Annotation:General NEWS
Author:Lollini, Tricia
Publication:West Virginia Medical Journal
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:May 1, 2010
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