Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Welcome to eCHAM

ANTHC’s  electronic manual assists Alaska’s CHA/Ps

For many years, Community Health Aides and Practitioners (CHA/P) around Alaska have relied on the Community Health Aide Manual (CHAM) as a valued resource for succeeding in their challenging work. The CHAM, however, weighs 13.8 pounds and is difficult to update for hardworking CHA/Ps.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) has provided a American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to  Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's (ANTHC) Health Information and Technology team to modernize the manual with the eCHAM, an electronic version of the CHAM. It can be accessed via the web and by using tools like desktop computers, iPads or other tablet and mobile devices for greater mobility. eCHAM is currently in a testing phase; it is expected to be released to CHA/Ps in July.

Devices holding the eCHAM are connected to a central document management system for quick and easy updating and it can be used even in remote areas without power or an Internet connection. The iPads that will hold the eCHAM will also act as communications tools, connecting CHA/Ps with providers.

The test version of the eCHAM was released to an excited group of end-users at the CHA/P Forum in April. CHA/Ps chosen to test the application were given iPads to take to their clinics. Those CHA/Ps are testing the eCHAM and providing feedback that will fuel its final implementation. CHA/Ps around Alaska will also receive eCHAM training in a distance learning course.

ANTHC’s project team is contacting Tribal Health Organizations with CHA/Ps to discuss implementation models for their sites. The eCHAM project has funding to provide a second computer monitor or an iPad for each CHA/P in Alaska.  Training will be delivered via distance learning and in person at CHA/P Training Centers.

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Click here to go to the Alaska Community Health Aide Program.

Click here to go to the eCHAM login page.

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