MBUG July General Meeting
WEDNESDAY July 8, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

For the July 8 general meeting, we welcome back Charlene Webber-Schuss, RN, CIO from CHOMP, along with representatives Nathan Dryer and Jolene Yarbrough from RelayHealth, for a hands-on adventure through the newly enhanced healthcare patient portal. This meeting is a follow-up to a focus group held several months ago.

As we all know, the patient experience no longer revolves around a single doctor, or even a single facility. This change has created a clear challenge: patients, providers and care team members need a better way to exchange information and coordinate care. RelayHealth is meeting this challenge by improving patients’ abilities to conveniently access health care information on the go. RelayHealth offers an enterprise patient portal application that is responsive and accessible on any mobile device or any browser at any time. RelayHealth is now in the process of designing and partnering with native mobile applications to offer an even greater depth and breadth of collaboration tools for patients and care team members.

They are excited to discuss some of their concepts with MBUG in order to solicit feedback on what they have already done and what they plan to do, so that they can continue to improve and meet the evolving needs of tech savvy patients.

Please come, bring your friends and family! CHOMP needs your input on how to further improve the patient portal.


MBUG January General Meeting
WEDNESDAY January 14, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

No longer content with waiting in (yes) waiting rooms for a doctor who may be part of a practice and may be someone you haven’t met before? No longer reminiscing with your family doctor, hearing about when you were born or stories about the delivery of your children or the mending of that broken arm earned “with honor” on the neighborhood playground?

No, that scenario has changed; we want our information without the wait— it has to be NOW. We need to know now: in line at the supermarket, in traffic (oh, no, of course as a passenger in the car) or during a commercial while watching television. What is that rash? That stomach ache? That new pain?

So, who do we ask—Dr. Google, I presume.

In a time and world of technology birth and rebirth, happening every millisecond it seems, we seek information, and most of us ask Google. And what do we get? To help the avid consumer of health information find the best paths to reliable and meaningful information, Cynthia F. Johnson, M.S., will present some tips and tricks of the trade at our January 14 General Meeting.

Cynthia is Medical Librarian at the Allen Santell Memorial Medical Library, Natividad Medical Center, in Salinas. For more information about the meeting or to submit questions in advance, contact Carolyn Lake at lakelyn@comcast.net.


MBUG November General Meeting
WEDNESDAY November 13, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the recent meeting on electronic medical records, Charlene Webber-Schuss, Director of Health Information Technology at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), introduced us to PHIL (Peninsula Health Information Link), which is the health information exchange (HIE)for our community. PHIL contains a “patient portal” that holds health care information. This information is available to and managed by patients—YOU.

Now, at the November general meeting, MBUG has an opportunity to contribute ideas to improve the patient experience when using the portal. CHOMP has been working with RelayHealth, an HIE vendor, to develop this community wide electronic medical data exchange solution The software developers from RelayHealth have done a great job of creating the patient portal, but they are seeking consumer input to assess usability.

Charlene will introduce the project teams, including Chris Hively and Rose Wheelus from CHOMP, and Katherine Chaitin, Maggie Kenefake, Gaurav Kumar, and Trish Siegler from RelayHealth. Katherine and Trish will facilitate the focus group and will lead attendees through a series of evaluative exercises. Your feedback will be an important contribution to the site development.

A lot of functionality is available within PHIL and there is no cost to patients who use it. You can populate your personal health record with your medical history, medication list, allergies, immunizations, advance directives, past

surgeries and procedures, etc., and then print it out before you see your physician. Some physicians in our community use PHIL to communicate with their patients. Patients are able to request appointments, send messages to the office staff, and request prescription refills.

Learn more by going to http://www.chomp.org and registering as a PHIL user; start creating your own medical information record and bring your questions to the meeting. RelayHealth is also generously providing hospitality and numerous raffle prizes—come and enjoy, participate, bring a friend!


MBUG October General Meeting
WEDNESDAY October 9, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Canterbury Woods Auditorium
651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the October general meeting, we will welcome back Alexis Copeland, Adaptive Technology Specialist at Monterey Peninsula College, who will be talking about hardware and software resources for users with vision and/ or hearing loss, including screen readers, screen magnification, and some operating system built-in accessibility tools. He will also discuss software programs for voice recognition, such as Dragon. The move into the cloud will be covered, with browser accessibility as well as browser-based screen reading, voice recognition, and other useful tools.

Alexis will also discuss accessibility and usability of the new mobile environment: tablets, cell phones, and the iOS and Android operating systems. Other topics to be covered include automated closed captioning in YouTube videos and streaming media players (Chromecast, Apple TV) as accessibility tools.

Alexis is very much a local person; having graduated from Pacific Grove High School in 1984, he taught and coached at Carmel Middle School for five years before starting as the Assistive Technology Specialist at MPC, running the High Tech Center for the Disabled, where he has been since 1997.

He writes that he started his technology career after getting obsessed with Pong at a pizza parlor on Cannery Row in 1975, and then spending all his quarters throughout high school playing Centipede and Defender at Ron’s Liquors. He says that now technology feeds his surfing habit, as he is able to monitor sea conditions through the webcams and buoy information that populate the California coast!

Questions in advance? Contact Alexis at acopeland@mpc.edu.