Inland Northwest Health Services supports NIC campaign
Inland Northwest Health Services showed its support for North Idaho College’s role in helping to provide quality health care in the community by contributing to the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign.
The campaign was initiated in the summer of 2004 to raise support for technology and equipment in the new Meyer Health and Sciences Building and establish new student scholarships.
Inland Northwest Health Services, based in Spokane, contributed $243,000 to the campaign to fund and support the Meditech system for the NIC Nursing Department. The organization also committed to continued software maintenance and support of the system.
The Meditech system is an information system used for documentation of patient records. The system, which is used by all major hospitals in the North Idaho and Spokane area, is rapidly replacing paper systems of patient charts in health care facilities nationwide.
The electronic system allows health care providers to share information across the board, according to NIC Director of Health Professions and Nursing Lita Burns.
“The Meditech system is so widely used now that our nursing students must learn how to use the system,” Burns said. “INHS’ contribution has allowed us to add the Meditech system to our student learning environment at NIC, therefore decreasing the onsite training that institutions must perform with students.”
The system is NIC’s first application of the Virtual Possibilities Network, a collaborative broadband network that connects Inland Northwest higher education institutions with each other as well as with other educational-based organizations, healthcare organizations, research organizations and corporate partners. The Meditech system is connected to NIC through VPnet via a high-speed fiber package provided by Avista Corporation and Columbia Fiber Solutions.
Inland Northwest Health Services was created in 1994 when executives from Spokane’s four major hospitals, Deaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center, collaborated to merge competing business lines and form a new nonprofit organization to oversee them. Inland Northwest Health Services develops new solutions through partnerships and innovative technologies, now overseeing nine collaborative health care services, including critical air transport, medical rehabilitation, health education and information technology.
The Meyer Health and Sciences Building opened with the start of fall semester in August. Nearly $3.5 million has been raised in the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams campaign to date from more than 380 donors.
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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005