Kaiser deploys digital mobile clinic to Hawaii

We're trying to avoid the myriad "mobile healthcare" stories involving clinics in vans since this newsletter is part of the FierceHealthIT family, but here's one with a clear IT focus: Kaiser Permanente is sending a completely "wired" women's health semitrailer to Hawaii to serve the very rural population of the Big Island.

"We have an entire network on wheels," Lisa Victor, the IT service delivery manager for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, tells CNET. The 2,000-square-foot rolling clinic is equipped with the same Epic Systems electronic health record that Kaiser is deploying to all its fixed locations, and also features a digital mammography unit and wireless telemedicine capabilities to link the unit to specialists on Oahu.

Services will be available at no charge to Kaiser members and to uninsured women who meet certain federal poverty guidelines. The digital mobile clinic will begin seeing patients July 21.

To learn more about this advanced mobile clinic:
- check out this CNET story
- read Kaiser's press release