The South Logan County office of the Arkansas Department of Health is closed this week while the unit’s staff undergoes training to operate an electronic medical records system.
The north Logan County office reopened last week after a one week hiatus of its own.
During last week, as will be the case when the south Logan office opens Monday, the office was open on an appointment only basis while staff members put their training into practice, according to unit administrator Paula Beaty.
Beaty said the office still has a limited number of appointment times available. Anyone who would like to acquire one of those slots, or for more information, should call the office at 675-2593.
Beaty estimates the office will be operating only at 30 to 50 percent capacity for the immediate future. Obviously, patience is requested.
The medical records requirement is mandated by HIPPA regulation to keep the department in compliance with Medicaid regulations, Beaty said last week.
In preparation for an office closing just days before a new school year is to start, school officials sent a letter urging parents to take care of state mandated immunizations in a timely manner to prevent a possible delay in a child being able to start school.
The notice to parents, an outreach through the school during a kindergarten registration and media coverage of the closure appears to have had a positive impact on the number of children who have already received immunizations, Beaty said.