This is a good size facility for sure and again as noted in the title here, patients can see the exact same information as the physician in real time whether it’s their chart or perhaps other educational information that would be relative. There are 72 provider offices and over 350 physicians and staff members. They are right with the dual screens though as far as engaging the patient. I don’t know if they do this out side of California but here they use Bloom Box fuel Cells for energy just as Google and EBay do.
A while back I had the chance to interview one of their physicians from the Atlantic region and our focus was on how the electronic medical records helped her with giving better care in her area of pediatrics.
Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician Patricia Richards Explains How The Use of Electronic Medical Records Enhances Knowledge With Obesity and Adds Focus to the “Let’s Move” Obesity Prevention Campaign
Last year they also opened this state of the art center in the DC area which is also a learning center and a nice video to watch and see what they do. In addition here in California outside of Bakersfield they now have a mobile unit that also goes around to offer primary care services and it is connected to the medical records system so everything done is documented on the spot. BD
Kaiser Permanente Opens State of the Art Facility in Washington DC-Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, a leading not-for-profit health plan and care provider, opens the doors to its new Gaithersburg Medical Center today, March 19, 2012, offering Montgomery County, Md. members more medical services conveniently located under one roof.
“The new Gaithersburg Medical Center is Kaiser Permanente’s largest medical center in Montgomery County and is situated in a key location convenient to our members,” said Marilyn Kawamura, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. “We are committed to the health of Montgomery County residents and are thrilled to be opening our doors.”
Designed with the member in mind, medical center exam rooms are fully wired with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the most advanced electronic health record system available today, featuring dual monitors allowing patients to view the same information, in real time, as their physician, further enhancing the member experience.