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    Campus Health touched up

    Communication junior Devin Olson checks in yesterday afternoon at Campus Health Service using their new touch-screen system.
    Communication junior Devin Olson checks in yesterday afternoon at Campus Health Service using their new touch-screen system.

    Campus Health Service implemented updated, touch-screen computers Monday, which allow students to check themselves into appointments by swiping their CatCards or entering their student identificationnumbers.

    “”The computers are part of what we had before, but we found they weren’t working,”” said Terri West, administrative associate at Campus Health. “”People weren’t completely finishing the (check-in) process, but now we’ve fixed it so that they’re able to.””

    The computers are part of the

    This helps by letting them know they have options.

    -Margaret Sifford,
    office supervisor

    Electronic Medical Record System that began at the UA a little over two years ago, she said.

    “”Part of the system is schedule-processing, and just this fall we opened up the schedule so that students can set up appointments online,”” she said. “”They now have the option of scheduling appointments from the comfort of their own dorm room.””

    The online scheduler works jointly with the self-check-in computers, West said.

    When a student makes an appointment online they enter their information into the system. Then, when they arrive at Campus Health, the only thing they do is swipe their CatCard, office supervisor Margaret Sifford said.

    The computer will also notify new visitors to Campus Health about their payment and insurance options, Sifford said.

    To schedule an appointment online, students will select “”Patient Link”” from the Campus Health home page,, and sign in with their Net ID used for UA WebMail.

    They will then be given a list of available appointments after selecting what specific office their appointment is for,
    including general medicine, women’s health, sports medicine, etc.

    Both the online and touch-screen log-in services are on secure servers, West said.

    “”One of the reasons it’s taken so long to get running was because we had to make sure it was,”” she said.

    For students who have never been to Campus Health Service, the new system could make things easier, Sifford said.

    “”Student’s are so new to doctor’s appointments and insurance policies,”” she said. “”This helps by letting them know they have options.””

    Vojislav Labovic, a finance senior who visited Campus Health yesterday, said he was surprised to see the computers.

    “”It had my information already in the system when I checked in,”” he said.

    West said Campus Health employees are still trying to figure out the new system.

    “”We’ve been implementing these things one at a time,”” she said. “”We’re still tweaking it and trying to figure out how to do things.””

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