|Sarasota, Florida: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is honored and pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation in the amount of $265,000, capping a $900,000 campaign to implement electronic health records in its seven health centers.
Planned Parenthood affiliates have been designated as essential community health care providers through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The transition from a paper chart system to electronic health records is vital to Planned Parenthood’s growth and presence in health care reform, facilitating the ability to work within health care exchanges and to collaborate with other health care providers.
Planned Parenthood CEO Barbara Zdravecky said that “electronic health records will help our Planned Parenthood provide better quality of care for our patients, improve our ability to conduct billing for medical services, and improve the ability of our clinicians and other health center staff to access patient records throughout our service area.”
Planned Parenthood staff launched the first phase of the system, an electronic practice management component in early April and anticipates transitioning to the full electronic health records system by summer of 2013.
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Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida began operations in 1966 and provides vital sexual health services and comprehensive sexuality education to women, men and teens in Sarasota, Manatee, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Lakeland and Winter Haven. The mission of Planned Parenthood is to ensure the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy. Go to www.myplannedparenthood.org for further information or call (941) 365.3913.