$52K grant will improve technology at Springfield health center

$52K grant will improve technology at Springfield health center

The Rocking Horse Community Health Center has received a more than $52,000 grant to improve its health information technology, which its leaders said will improve care.

The grant will be used to integrate voice recognition software into its medical records system, Medical Director Dr. Yamani Teegala said. It will allow providers to maximize face-to-face time with patients, she said.

The software will allow doctors to dictate information directly into a patient's chart, rather than having to spend time typing documentation, Teegala said.

Voice recognition is becoming popular in the health-care community, she said.

"We're falling behind that and the grant will allow us to take on that project with no additional cost," Teegala said.

The project will likely be completed next year.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide more than $87 million in funding for health centers to improve technology, including at Rocking Horse.

The Springfield-based health center recently received two awards from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration, including $40,000 for the Primary Care Medical Home Recognition award and $8,572 for a Clinical Quality Improver award.

Rocking Horse, which opened in 1999, has 140 employees at four locations in Clark and Madison counties, including offices at Keifer Academy and the Mulberry Terrace apartment complex.

In 2013, the organization completed an $8 million expansion at its facility near downtown Springfield. The Rocking Horse Center serves more than 12,000 patients annually and provided about 51,000 doctor visits last year.

The organization is searching for a chief executive officer and expects to hire a replacement soon, Teegala said. Former CEO Chris Cook resigned in May.

"We're in the final stages, narrowing down our applicants," Teegala said.

Original article posted by Springfield News-Sun