ANTHC, Alaskan Native Tribal Health Consortium

ANTHC Brings Healthcare to Remote Alaskan Villages




Technical Documentation

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a not-for-profit health organization that provides specialty medical care to Alaskan Natives. The organization operates a hospital, builds sanitation and health care facilities, and offers health and research services.

In an area of the world where professional healthcare is not always available, the ANTHC provided a Community Health Aide Manual (CHAM) to deliver basic healthcare information to designated medical practitioners in villages across Alaska. In its book form, the CHAM weighs 13.8 pounds, is difficult to update, and is not a convenient way to look up information in an emergency. The ANTHC needed to migrate their content to an electronic format, where medical practitiones would be able to easily access healthcare information.

Dakota assisted with the installation of the DCP as an end-to-end authoring and publishing solution. The health manual was migrated to a DITA-based authoring environment, is stored in a central repository, and is published to PDF and ePub. Consistent with ANTHC’s commitment to continuous improvement, the organization also needed to deliver the CHAM to mobile devices.

Dakota developed the iCHAM, the mobile version of the health manual. From a central repository, DITA topics are automatically formatted for mobile and are available on-demand from iOS and Android devices. The application allows users to search for topics and to add notes and comments. With a mobile platform, health care workers can easily access medical content while in the field, ensuring that ANTHC can effectively carry out their goal of providing high quality healthcare to Alaskan Natives.