For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Jorge Rubal
949.494.0761 x 132
The Clinic Goes Paperless
After more than a year of planning the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has made the shift from paper records to an electronic medical records system (EMR). The Clinic’s new electronic system is provided by Oregon Costal Health Information Network (OCHIN), a non-profit organization that works as a co-operative to provide access to top of the line systems that would otherwise be out of reach to small community clinics. “Today, we’re operating with the same level of technology as the best hospitals in the nation”, explained Dr. Jorge Rubal, the Clinic’s Associate Director and head of EMR transition.
The Clinic’s ability to offer high quality care includes patient experience, treatments that yield outcome excellence, and adherence to industry best practices, all of which are dramatically improved through the implementation of the Clinic’s new EMR.
Transitioning to EMR also advances the clinic through the Patient Centered Medical Home certification process. “The core objective of the Patient Centered Medical Home model is to treat the patient as a whole person verses separate examination of various health issues. With our new EMR we’re able to better share information with a patient’s entire care team, including sub-specialists and health organizations”, stated Rubal.
Locals played a big role in bringing EMR to the Clinic. Help came from the Assistance League, the Draper and Ueberroth families, as well as hundreds of individual donations. Local hotels, including, The Inn at Laguna Beach, The Art Hotel, The Holiday Inn, Hotel Laguna, and La Casa Del Camino helped lodge OCHIN technicians when they came to town to train the Clinic’s staff. Rubal added, “The Clinic belongs to the community and this show of support underscores that Laguna Beach takes good care of its people”.