Improving Cancer Care at Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center

Electronic Medical Records Now Implemented at All Clinics at Hilo Medical Center 


Hilo, Hawaii (May 15, 2015) – As of May 4, Hilo Medical Center’s Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center (HPOC) implemented the MEDITECH Oncology 6.0x Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to advance cancer care. 

“The electronic chart allows information to be at the fingertips of the community doctors that refer patients to HPOC,” said Julie Leach, HPOC Nurse Manager. “This will make it easier to collaborate in the care and treatment of our patients."  

“Implementing electronic medical records in HPOC benefits our patients and improves the cancer care they are receiving right here at home in Hilo,” said Dan Brinkman, interim East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “I congratulate Dr. Anthony Lim and HPOC’s staff for working with HMC’s HealthConnect team to achieve this milestone.”

“This completes our transition from paper to an electronic health record for the HHSC East Hawaii Region, a five-year project that has added many efficiencies to enhance patient care," said Kris Wilson, Regional Director of the Project Management Office.  “We are constantly striving to incorporate new technology and improve processes throughout the hospital and clinics."  

HPOC is the ninth and final clinic to migrate from paper to the MEDITECH EHR system and is a part of HMC’s family of outpatient clinics consisting of Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Hilo Bone & Joint, Hilo Surgical Associates, Hawaii Island Family Health Center, Neurology, Pain Management, and Urology. In FY 2014, our clinics had a collective total of over 39,000 patient visits. 

Recent developments with MEDITECH 6.0x in the East Hawaii Region include implementing secure online bill pay through the East Hawaii Regional Patient Portal and also integrating Access's electronic signature technology that will save the organization around $200,000 a year for changing one form from paper to electronic.

Members of the HealthConnect team from the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation worked with staff from Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center to improve cancer care in the community.  


 About Hilo Medical Center

As the Big Island's leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care, Hilo Medical Center (HMC) delivers a full range of services and programs. Our 20-acre campus consists of 275 beds located throughout the 141-bed acute hospital, 20-bed behavioral health unit and a 134-bed long-term care facility. We have 1,000 employees and a medical staff comprised 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of ten outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which  includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to more than 43,000 patients annually.  

HMC is a 2015 recipient of Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation. and a past recipient of the Mountain Pacific Quality Health's Quality Achievement Award. We were recognized in 2012 by the insurer HMSA as Hawaii's leading hospital in improving quality and reducing the cost of providing care. HMC was also named 2012 Press Ganey Top Improver Award winner for patient satisfaction for improvements. In 2014, we received the American Heart Association Silver Award for cardiac care. In 2013 and 2014, we were also recognized for quality long term care by Providigm for Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement Accredited Facility and Embracing Quality Award for the Prevention of Hospital Readmissions. Our long term care met the requirements for the American Health Care Association's Three Tier Level Quality Initiative Recognition Program. 

In 2014, HMC's EMR team, HealthConnect, attained the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Meaningful Use Stage 2. In addition, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized HMC for achieving Stage 7 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM. 

We are part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to: