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About Town | Jan. 16, 2013

Tutu’s House hosts health care technology presentation

Waimea’s Tutu’s House this month will host presentations to help Big Islanders understand the use of technology in health care.

Among the changes, residents may have noticed are health care providers using computers during appointments to capture information in an electronic health record.

Physicians, therapists, labs, and pharmacies are increasingly using electronic and other health information technology to securely increase provider access to health history, help reduce unnecessary duplication of services, and improve overall coordination of health care, according to Tutu’s House.

Tonight, from 7 to 8 p.m., Melinda Nugent of the Hawaii Island Beacon Community, will describe the improvements that have resulted from the transition of health care practices to patient-centered medical homes.

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, Hawaii Island Beacon Community Patient Ombudsman Andy Levin will discuss how health information technology is helping both patients and providers.

Located in the Kamuela Business Center, Tutu’s House is a project of the nonprofit Friends of the Future organization. Donations are accepted and tax deductible.

For more information about Tutu’s House and Friends of the Future, visit FOFHawaii.org, tutushouse.org or call 885-8336.

Fisheries Council meeting is Thursday

The West Hawaii Fisheries Council will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.

Among the topics slated to be discussed are improvements at Keauhou Bay and Honokohau Harbor.

All WHFC meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month, with the exception of December, which is on the second Thursday.

WHFC’s mission is to effectively manage fishery activities to ensure sustainability; enhance near shore resources; develop and implement management plans for minimizing resource depletion and conflicts of use; and to provide substantive involvement of the community in resource management decisions; and encourage scientific research and monitoring of the near shore resources and environment from Upolu Point to Ka Lae.

For more information, call Marni Herkes 987-2171 or email Glennon Gingo at freediving@earthlink.net.

PTA convoys on Friday

Oahu-based military units will convoy from Pohakuloa Training Area to Kawaihae Harbor between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The units will travel via Saddle Road, Mamalahoa Highway, Waikoloa Road, Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Kawaihae Road.

The convoys will have Hawaii Police Department escorts front and rear. Motorists are advised to be alert and drive safely.

The PTA Department of Army police are working closely with local authorities and military units to coordinate this activity.

For more information, call Public Affairs Officer Bob McElroy at 969-2427.

Queen K Tesoro raises $3,700 for food bank

A nearly year-long campaign by Goose’s Edge Inc.’s Queen K Tesoro has raised $3,700 for the Hawaii Island Food Basket, according to the company.

Goose’s Edge says it placed change donation boxes at its stores for the community to assist in raising the money.