NASA Rolls Out the Medgate Employee Health Records Management System at Langley

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NASA selected Medgate Health and Safety Software to manage employee health records and is currently rolling out the system nationwide. Langley is the second site to go live.

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"[Medgate] helps us monitor how to better address issues that impact a specific workforce,"

Medgate is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) rolled out Medgate’s leading health and safety software at the NASA headquarters in Langley, D.C. in June, 2011. Langley is the second NASA location to launch the data management system, and NASA’s intention is to roll out the system across its nationwide operations.

The June 17 issue of NASA’s The Researcher News features an article by Denise Lineberry detailing the events of the NASA electronic health records system rollout. In the article, Lineberry introduces her readers to the purpose of the new system and crafts a story around how the system is improving employee health management within the agency.

“This effort is in compliance with the requirements of the Office of National Coordinator within the Department of Human and Human Services to document all patient care electronically,” writes Lineberry. She adds that, “Plans to implement the software began several years ago. It seemed inevitable.”

Key members of the NASA roll-out team were interviewed for their impressions on the project, including Azhir Rafiq, director of medical informatics within the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters. The article notes that Rafiq is visiting all of the NASA centers during the roll-out phase for the new program, which takes six to eight weeks at each location.

"[Medgate] helps us monitor how to better address issues that impact a specific workforce," Lineberry quotes Rafiq as saying. “Our goal is to have all centers working in synergy and to make the process more streamlined.”

Two of Medgate’s subject matter experts, Bill Walters, a registered occupational health nurse, and Monica Melkonian, a certified industrial hygienist who worked at NASA prior to Medgate, collaborated on the implementation with the NASA team. Both Walters and Melkonian are part of Medgate’s product development group and help ensure that the Medgate OHS software responds accurately and thoroughly to the needs of occupational health and safety professionals.

“I was delighted to collaborate with NASA on their Medgate project,” states Walters. “The NASA team is extremely organized and dedicated to proactive employee health management within their facilities. The project continues to be a great success.”

NASA is using Medgate’s occupational health software and industrial hygiene software suites and is considering rolling out additional modules. The occupational health software suite is a comprehensive tool to manage employee health data, with modules for medical surveillance, clinical testing, medical charts, and case management. The industrial hygiene software suite provides industrial hygienists with a complete toolset to mitigate and manage hazards in the workplace with functionality to manage monitoring/noise monitoring, qualitative exposure assessments, equipment testing, and surveys.

The Medgate system is expected to be in use across the agency by the end of 2012.

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Medgate™ (http://www.medgate.com) is the leading global provider of software for health and safety data management. Medgate’s Occupational Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Environmental software products have the most comprehensive functionality and user-friendly design in the market. Available in multiple languages, Medgate software is used across the globe in hundreds of the best known corporations and government entities.

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