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County wrestles with public health technology

Monday, November 27, 2006

Last week, Sally Bonnesen, Public Health administrator, held a presentation for the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors about community nursing software, CareFacts, to potentially replace outdated systems that public health now uses.

The board questioned he need to borrow money - about $53,750 plus $15,000 for new computer equipment to run the software.

At the request of the board, Bonnesen returned this week with her department's financial books.

"We went through all the finances and found about $20,000 available," Bonnesen said.

Concerns were raised about where information that was collected will be stored as well as confidentiality and security concerns were raised. Supervisors wondered what could happen if the CareFacts company accesses the county's network.

Supervisor Dick Vail suggested that the county may want to compare other systems for cost. Chairman Bill Lanphere also pointed that the specifications for the CareFacts require laser printers which would cost more with new equipment.

No known grants are available.

As part of the deal with CareFacts the payment would be made in three installments. Supervisor Jim Gustafson recommendeds making the first payment with available funds, then waiting to see how finances of Public Health go before borrowing the money.

"I think it would be wise to avoid borrowing any unneeded funds that we would have to pay interest on," Gustafson said.

The board will look to make a decision next week.

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