Exploring Technology for Camp Health Services

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PRESENTER: Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN; Stuart T. Weinberg, MD FAAP; Barry A. Garst, Ph.D.
COST: ACA members: $20, Non-Members: $40
CECs: 1.5

Futurists predict that camps will have compelling interests and benefits for utilizing electronic health records within the next 3-5 years.  Some camps are already using electronic records and incorporating technologies in a myriad of ways to support camp healthcare.  This webinar examines the use of electronic health records by exploring the opportunities and challenges for adopting this approach in the camp setting.  The webinar will also provide participants with a recommended list of questions, based in part on efforts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, to ask vendors currently marketing these technologies to camps.  An overarching concern with risk reduction and resource stewardship will guide the discussion.  (This webinar is sponsored by Markel Insurance—ACA Mission Partner—through the Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program.)

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List questions they should ask vendors about software designed to serve camp Health Center needs.
  • Describe the importance of linking an electronic health form to health record-keeping and the need for various reports, including those associated with injury-illness surveillance.
  • Identify the pros and cons of moving forward with technological supports for camp health services.

Presenter Bios:

Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN, is the Associate Director of Health and Risk Management for Concordia Language Villages and Executive Director of the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN). She lives at camp in Bemidji, MN. An avid proponent of “healthier camping for all,” Erceg authored The Basics of Camp Nursing (2009) with Myra Pravda, has written and spoken extensively in the area of camp health and risk management, developed the seminar “Management of Camp Health Services,” and has been actively involved with the Healthy Camps research initiatives. Her formal education includes degrees in nursing, health education, psychology, and physical education. Linda’s ACA efforts include Chair of the Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program Advisory Committee, column author for Camping Magazine, being a Standards Visitor, activity in her Northland Section, a National Board term, and service on ACA’s CARE Committee. 

Stuart T. Weinberg, MD FAAP is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He also currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) and maintains the AAP's Electronic Medical Record Review site. Stuart has been involved with camping for over 45 years as a camper, staff, camp board member, volunteer, consultant, national speaker, and ACA Ohio Section board member. He has received a YMCA Camp Volunteer of the Year Award and an ACA Ohio Section Oak Leaf Appreciation Award. Stuart is a member of ACA's Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program Advisory Committee.

Barry A. Garst, Ph.D. is the Director of Program Development and Research Application with the American Camp Association and a former Assistant Professor of youth development at Virginia Tech.  His background includes more than 14 years of administrative and programming experience as a municipal day camp manager, wilderness mental health counselor, residential camp and conference center director, and state-level camping and staff development specialist.  Barry’s current work focuses on facilitating national educational alliances and partnerships, translating research into practice, and developing national educational programs.  Barry served as the project manager for ACA’s Healthy Camps Study and is currently managing ACA’s Healthy Camp Education and Monitoring Program. 

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Core Competencies: 
Health and Wellness
Risk Management