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Good News Clinics to get new records system through grant
Good News Clinics
Dr. Johnny Martin and Roxana Jimenez tend to a Good News Clinic patient in the dentist offices of the Gainesville health clinic. - photo by Scott Rogers

Through funding from The Medical Center Foundation, Good News Clinics will be able to implement a new electronic records system, the same system used by the Northeast Georgia Health System.

The clinic is receiving $100,000 in funding from the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation through The Medical Center Foundation.

NGHS is partnering with the clinic for the $1 million project, which will be completely funded through The Medical Center Foundation.

The health system installed Epic as its records system in October 2017.

“Implementing Epic at GNC will result in increased patient safety, reduced health costs and the elimination of unnecessary, duplicate services,” Liz Coates, executive director of Good News Clinics, said in a statement. “This will ultimately lead to better care coordination and enhanced efficiency which will improve health outcomes for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Good News Clinics has been faxing physician orders and medical histories, but the new system will be more efficient by allowing for electronic referrals between community partners who will have shared access to the patient’s record.

“NGHS has celebrated impressive improvements in patient care delivery and coordination since transitioning to Epic,” Chris Bray, president and chief operating officer for The Medical Center Foundation, said in a statement. “We look forward to experiencing the ways this software will enhance patient care at GNC and help them fulfill the vital role they play in our community. We are excited about the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation gift and the growing family of donors who help make projects like Epic at GNC come to life.”

Good News Clinics, which was established in 1992, provides medical and dental care to uninsured Hall County residents who have a family income within 150 percent of the federal poverty level.