Two foundations are giving nearly $970,000 to set up electronic medical and billing records for school-based health centers in the greater New Orleans region.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is giving $745,000 and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation $222,952, the Louisiana Public Health Institute said in a news release.
It said the system will be installed in at least 13 school-based centers that provide health and mental health services to at least 14,000 students around the metro area.
The system will help reduce medical errors, let other doctors and clinics know what the students are being treated for and how they are being treated, and make sure doctors can get those records for students who change schools or have to be evacuated because of a disaster, the release said. It also said the system will let the school-based clinics collect the bills they are owed, making them more self-sufficient.