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Highmark Offers School Nurses Electronic Health Record

Monday March 10, 2008
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In an effort to combat childhood obesity, school nurses across Pennsylvania are using a Web-based program to streamline student health data.

The Health e-Tools for Schools program, offered by Blue Cross affiliate Highmark Inc., will be subsidized through Sept. 1, 2009, so schools can access the tool at no cost. Participating schools received handheld computers that school nurses use to record and manage school health data, as per state reporting requirements.

The information, which can be accessed only by nurses via the Internet, includes body mass index, immunizations and chronic health conditions. The nurses can use the data to generate customized health reports to send to parents.

“Highmark Healthy High 5 Health e-Tools for Schools makes student wellness information accessible to those who need it most,” says Deborah McCoy, a school nurse in the Harrisburg School District.

Developed by Lancaster, Pa.-based InnerLink Inc., the program includes evidence-based content relating to nutrition and physical education, according to Highmark’s website, www.healthetoolsforschools.org.

For information about registering for the program, visit the website or call (800) 988-6983.

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