Request demo Call athenahealth Menu

Learn more about how athenaHealth worked with the Saint Boniface Foundation to implement athenaClinicals at a hospital in Haiti that has taken in patients with spinal cord injuries after the 2010 earthquake. Find out how they leveraged the EHR to document, track, and measure their successes so that they could effectively replicate their successful care program elsewhere. 



I think Haiti presented a great opportunity for us, because their health care really isn't working as it shout. It's the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. But there's one place that does it very well that we were familiar with, which is the Saint Bonafice Foundation. 

They were the one hospital that agreed to takes spinal cord injury patients from the earthquake of 2010 that devastated the country. And their program there was working incredibly well. 

We really believe in this mission. We serve a lot of patients, almost 70 people. And we have come a long way in terms of what we're able to do for spinal cord injury. This was an area of care people thought was way too daunting and basically impossible. 

We run a program that's new and innovative in terms of the type of care we give. I think we're proving that spinal cord care yes, it's complicated and it's multifaceted and it takes a lot of coordination, but it really can be done. 

However, they weren't able to document very well the success of their program. And an electronic health record seemed like it would really help them. And the challenge was can our backbone reach beyond our shores and help deliver better care in a place of need. There'd been about a year of work before it went down, and largely what we had to do is translate the templates into Haitian Creole, and then figure out the technology. 

Haiti is very challenged in terms of infrastructure. But what they do have are cell phone towers. And for athena to work, all you really need is a cell phone tower. So we went there with the implementation team. 


To go live in Haiti can be a bit complicated. We need all the stars to align. We need the power working. We need the internet working. And so far, so good. 

So you can ahead, click register new patient. 


We went through checking in a patient a couple of times, and you can see their level of ease with the system developed. 

It's very easy. 

Actually coming on the ground and seeing the medical care, the rehab care, the psychosocial care. You really see how it fits together. Working with Dr. Desire for the first patient, it was nice to see that athena was able to be there to document. You could use the system, put the information in, and save it. But it didn't get in the way of his patient care. 

Is this everything that you needed to do today for [INAUDIBLE]? 


You did. Your first visit in athena is done. Good job. 

Moving forward, we're going to still continue to support them as new releases, new functionality comes out. We'll continue to make sure that Saint Bonafice is using the system as it's meant to be used, and in a way that's going to benefit them. 

If there were a place that really needed electronic health record, it was this program. Because they had to document their successes, track it, measure it, and then hopefully replicate it elsewhere. 

At this point, there are no hard numbers to support this type of care or this type of patient in Haiti. And now we're going to be able to really give accurate information and high quality data on 70 people, which is probably half of the number of spinal cord people in the whole country. That is going to be a real tipping point for how we're able to move forward.