African Travel Screening Protocol Kit for CPS & CEMR

GE Healthcare, in response to urgent Ebola-related recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has published a clinical kit containing editable notifications, alerts, and clinical guidance for use with Centricity Practice Solutions software versions 11 and higher and Centricity Electronic Medical Record Software versions 9.5 and higher. This kit enables you to incorporate Ebola screening questions and clinical guidance within the Electronic Health Record.

CCC Core package is not required to leverage this content.

Log into GE Healthcare’s Portal to download the link, User Guide and Release Notes.

For CPS:


New Website!

October 16, 2014

Dear CHUG Members,

We have created a fresh new look and feel for CHUG.  We started by redesigning our logo to have a cleaner and more modern appearance.  From there we built a fully responsive website that is modern in appearance and intuitive in design.  We expanded on existing functionality, and added many new features.

We hope you will visit this new website and acquaint yourself with the new design. And while you’re here, let us know what you think by visiting

We’re quite proud of it, but we know there’s still work to do. If you notice any bugs or have any suggestions please let us know.  We are monitoring the thread mentioned above, or you can email us at:

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more information, and that it will be yet another tool for your arsenal.

CHUG Technology Committee

Schedule & Manage Surgeries with your EMR

Have you considered using your EMR to schedule and manage your surgeries?

  • Create an encounter form to help your provider order surgery.
  • Use required fields to make sure the provider cannot advance without supplying the minimally essential information needed to schedule the procedure.
  • Program dynamic lists into the form to be specific to each surgeon. Only show them the special surgical needs they use or would like to see.
  • Formatting on the order page will help organize this surgical information in a structure that is easy for the receiver to read. Critical information can be placed near the top of the order followed by supporting documentation, or a particular detail can be placed in all CAPS. Either way the significant information will stand out.

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CHUG at Centricity Live

October 14, 2014

Dear CHUG Members:

Based on your feedback and working diligently with GE staff….the CHUG Board and Jon Zimmerman, VP & GM of Clinical Business Solutions are pleased to announce that CHUG will be joining GE’s Centricity LIVE conference in the Spring of 2015 April 30th – May 2nd in Orlando, Florida!

This combined event will give members a unique opportunity to expand education and training for products across the entire Centricity Solutions portfolio while maintaining CHUG’s mission as an independent USER DRIVEN conference, designed and organized by users.

CHUG at Centricity LIVE will continue to provide you with dedicated tracks on EMR and PM with a focus on solving common issues, optimizing systems, preparing you for federally mandated requirements and networking.

Admission to CHUG at Centricity LIVE is flexible and allows attendees to decide what works best for their time constraints and budget.

CHUG will continue to encourage users to deliver relevant and timely presentations. Please consider submitting a presentation for review and approval.

In addition, CHUG will continue to meet independently in the Fall.

The location for Fall 2015 is not yet confirmed but notification will be sent out once plans are finalized.

Thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions or concerns please email us at We hope to see all of you in Orlando in the Spring!


The CHUG Board of Directors


Successfully Implement a Patient Portal!

When I started to implement a patient portal there were a few things I realized I needed to think about first.

1. Hardware and bandwidth:

One of the first things you have to consider is where is it going to run, on your own equipment or hosted? If in house, you will need a dedicate server (or two) depending on how many providers you have and what you expect in usage. This will use your internet connection, so make sure you have enough bandwidth to serve your practice plus additional for patient portal use. If you are using a hosted solution for your EMR and patient portal, you mainly have to worry about the cost of the additional servers and the bandwidth from your provider. Do not forget that your usage will increase over time!

2. Design:

Second thing to do is to figure out your design of the patient portal. If you have an existing website trying to mimic it can be difficult, but not impossible. Think on what will make easy to use to for your least technical patient. You want to make sure that they understand where to go to send messages, or fill out patient forms. Once you have settled on your design, start to fill in with content.

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