Coffey Health System’s electronic medical record (EMR) vendor, Healthland, was sold last year—a move that allows CHS to select an EMR that better fits the System’s needs. To oversee the transition and provide ongoing staff support, Samantha Kuhlmann was selected to fill a new role as CHS Director of Informatics. She brings expertise with EMRs and a strong background in training and teaching.
“Samantha took the lead in our search for a new EMR, so this new position gives CHS a head-start on the complicated process of integrating the new system,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer Joben Rieth. “Her depth of teaching experience assures that staff training will be efficient and comprehensive."
Samantha has taught courses in billing, coding, revenue cycle management, healthcare finance, informatics, leadership/management, health information management and technology, and legal/compliance curriculum development for new programs.
She holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration in Health Industry Leadership and Health Care Informatics & Information Management; a Bachelor’s in Health Information Management; and twelve certifications in health information, revenue cycle, data analysis, and coding to name a few.
Since joining CHS in 2017, she has enacted process improvements and identified opportunities to enhance revenue in all CHS clinics. She led the committee to rebuild and relaunch the patient portal
and built a system for patient reminders and communication.
Kuhlmann received the Motivator Award from the Kansas Health Information Management Association. The award is presented annually for excellence in teaching future HIM professionals in a degree-granting program or contributing to the careers of new professionals through clinical supervision.
The selection of a new EMR vendor is expected in the coming weeks. A search team representing nearly every CHS department conducted meetings and demonstrations with four potential vendors. The search focuses on systems developed specifically for small rural hospitals.