Women’s Health Network Recognized

WESTFIELD — The Women’s Health Network at Noble Hospital has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mass. Department of Public Health for its volunteer efforts to pilot a new computer information system in the Virtual Gateway Project, sponsored by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of Mass.

The Women’s Health Network at Noble Hospital was one of nine providers participating in this test program. The goal of the pilot program was to test the web-based invoice and service management system found on the EOHHS web page at www.mass.gov/ eohhs. This involved submission of applications, invoices, and medical claims through the Enterprise Invoice Management System and Enterprise Service Management (EIM/ESM) Systems via the Virtual Gateway.

The pilot also included training seminars, weekly conference calls, and a rigorous dual input and reporting system, and concluded with evaluations of the pilot activities, system performance, and training materials. When completed, approximately 5,000 users will employ this system.

The Women’s Health Network provides free screening services to low-income women throughout the state. “I found my favorite feature to be the ease with which we can help people determine what programs they are eligible for,” said Jean Armitage, program coordinator at Noble.

The new system streamlines the application process and requires only one standard application for a multitude of agencies, including MassHealth, Child Care, Early Intervention, Food Stamps, Substance Abuse, Women’s Health Network, and the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC).