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Kaiser Permanente Unveils the Nation's Most Wired Mobile Health Vehicle
Date:6/11/2009

Electronic Health Records, Telemedicine, Mammography and Health Screenings on Wheels Expand Access and Encourage Healthier Communities

OAKLAND, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, is introducing a new generation of mobile health. A first-of-its-kind, 500-sq-foot, 10-wheel mobile medical vehicle is being shipped to its home island of Hawaii, known to many as the Big Island, where it will improve health care access for thousands of Kaiser Permanente members and the uninsured.

First year projections indicate an estimated 12,000 Hawaii residents, Kaiser Permanente members and qualified uninsured will benefit from the broad range of screenings and services available on the Mobile Health Vehicle. The vehicle boasts the full capabilities of Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(R), Kaiser Permanente's comprehensive electronic health record system, giving the mobile team the same real-time access to critical member health care data that clinic and hospital-based staff would see. Also, a digital mammography unit will take the latest technology in breast cancer detection on the road to women of the Big Island.

"The island of Hawaii's health disparity issues surrounding cancer prevention screenings, and its challenging geography, made it the logical location for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's mobile health services," said Susan Ganz, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii executive director, Community Benefit and Service Delivery Planning "Kaiser Permanente is furthering its commitment to healthy communities by taking prevention and health care on the road to our members and the uninsured via our Mobile Health Vehicle."

The million-dollar unit will be staffed by a mobile health team of a nurse practitioner, medical assistant and mammography technologist, with physician services available as well. The team will have access to
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