Procura Attains Mobile Milestone Topping 3 Million Mobile Healthcare Visits

The Procura Group of Companies announced today that a new record has been achieved with their industry leading mobile healthcare solution securing their position as the most successful provider of mobile community and home care services worldwide.

Today, the Procura Mobile platform has successfully supported the delivery of 3.4 million visits. Additionally, the growth in mobile device use on the Procura platform is growing faster than any other mobile solutions with 1 million visits served every three months. This is forecasted to increase to 1 million visits per month by 2015. The Procura Mobile platform has been in use globally since 2011 providing a mobile solution for home and community care providers across the globe. As the innovators in mobile, Procura continues to bring great technology that allows providers perform their care in the home through the convenience of a mobile device. The Procura Mobile platform supports healthcare visits across a wide range of devices, form factors and operating systems.

"Procura has always seen the use of mobile devices as a critical component in the delivery of the vision of Population Healthcare Management," stated Scott Overhill, CEO The Procura Group of Companies. "Our dedication to blending technology across the continuum of care reflects our vision of healthcare to focus the right tool for the right purpose. As an example, our smart phone solution is ideal for personal support services and routine nursing visits."

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Siemens Point Of Care Customer Connection Day used to share best practice and enhance user satisfaction

Siemens POC Customer Connection Day used to share best practice and enhance user satisfaction Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics recently hosted a Point of Care (POC) Customer Connection Day. The customer-led event enabled Biomedical Scientists and Point of Care Testing Coordinators to exchange best practice on existing systems and provide input into a research and development wish list.

The meeting, which was supported by Siemens global marketing, R&D, technical support and customer care teams, ensured all views were taken into consideration and these will be incorporated into future development plans. This demonstrates Siemens’ ongoing commitment to customer feedback which is used to continuously improve the quality of products and drive innovation. The event agenda also included updates on product quality improvements and previews of new POC products.

This included an update of the RAPIDComm® Data Management System, which allows centralised management of multiple analysers. Feedback from POC delegates attending the event stated it had “exceeded expectations” and was the “best customer connection day” hosted to date. Real life user presentations were also part of the interactive day. The Siemens Pathology Service experience by Lynda Petley, Manager Point of Care Testing at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust discussed the re-introduction of hCG testing and the benefits of the Clinitek analysers for automated hCG.

Sarah Lewendon, Point of Care Coordinator at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also presented her experience of the implementation of RAPIDPoint® 500 Blood Gas Analysers and how this has helped improve blood gas services to advance clinical practice. “Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics encourages close relationships between customers and staff to support two-way interaction and build strong partnerships,” states Hilda Crockett, Regional Business Manager for Point of Care at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Our recent Customer Connection Day provided a great opportunity for our customers to work with like-minded peers, sales, marketing and research teams to provide input for future product developments. By working collaboratively, we strive to constantly improve services and embrace changes taking place in the diagnostics industry.”

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Ambercare Uses Mobile Healthcare Solution for Documentation at the Point of Care

Ambercare Uses Mobile Healthcare Solution for Documentation at the Point of Care

Home Health and Hospice care leader uses CellTrak VisitManager™ technology across entire organization to better patient immediate needs.

Ambercare is unique. Founded by Michael and Mary Merrell over 15 years ago, Ambercare is now employee-owned, so every patient is cared for by an owner. That is only one reason why the “Ambercare Standard of Care” is far superior to other home care providers. Because we embrace a holistic model of care delivery, patients can count on fully coordinated services with a single call. Their “bridge” model is designed to provide maximum flexibility to accommodate the shifting needs our patients may incur.

Ambercare elevates home health care standards. Their caregivers don’t merely do their job; they fulfill a personal mission, treating each patient and family member as their own. You rarely hear someone who is sick, plead to stay in the hospital. Regardless of condition, anyone would rather be home, in their own bed, in their own surroundings, and with the company of family and friends. But return to home requires careful attention and exacting care in order to ensure excellent patient recovery which is where Ambercare excels.

Ambercare has been using Suncoast Solutions as their electronic health record (EHR) for several years. CellTrak has offered a seamless integration with Suncoast enabling Ambercare to simplify and lower mileage reimbursement, obtain better staff accountability and ensure safety of staff. CellTrak was originally implemented for their home health aides but has now successfully rolled out to their field coordinators and also clinical liaisons. For the mobile field staff, CellTrak was able to offer them a very important option; choice. Ambercare decided to implement Blackberry and iPhone for their point of care devices.

Michael Merrell, COO at Ambercare commented, “When choosing CellTrak we were very happy to be offered a choice when selecting a cost effective device. As we have different departments on different devices we were able to select multiple devices according to the department using them” Mr. Merrel added, “We are successfully running visits, utilizing our staffs time better all while documenting at the point of care. We have embraced this technology to better utilize resources and serve our patients to accommodate their ever-changing needs. ”

At Ambercare, they stress comfort and quality of life at every stage of one’s time with us. When life is limited to days, weeks or months, rather than years, it takes a special person to know how to best help a patient as well as family and friends make that time as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Ambercare Hospice caregivers are highly skilled and expertly trained in dealing with the challenges that end-of-life presents. They whole-heartedly provide their patients and their loved ones with empathy, support and compassion every step of the way.

Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies added, “Ambercare has been a pleasure to work with. They have truly embraced all aspects of our technology and have utilized this among multiple disciplines across their organization.” Wons added “This technology adaptation sets them apart and derives from their values of experiencing the Ambercare Standard of Care. We look forward to future expansions together in our partnership” In addition to the integrated visit verification features of the solution, the GPS features available as part of CellTrak takes the guess work out of calculating mileage. GPS tracks the mileage to and from each patient’s home and immediately stores it in the system. It also gives staff members the ability to get directions from wherever they are to a patient’s home.

About Ambercare

Ambercare provides a full range of care and services including: home health care, hospice, personal care services, physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, and medical equipment & supplies to best meet the needs of patients and their families. Currently Ambercare serves many communities in New Mexico from Las Cruces to Las Vegas. Because nobody deserves less than Ambercare, when the need arises we will offer our services to additional communities, but only at a place that will never compromise our highest standards of care and service. For more information, visit www.ambercare.com

About CellTrak Technologies

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patented software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly via our secure cloud based services making the data available real time where instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end clinical systems and the payer networks. Healthcare Workers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom deliver millions of successful visits every month via CellTrak. For more information please visit: www.celltrak.com

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HealthTrust Extends Pharmacy Automation Agreement with McKesson

  • Full suite of central pharmacy and point-of-care solutions now available to 1,400 members.

HealthTrust, a group purchasing and total cost management solutions company representing more than 1,400 acute-care facilities, has renewed its contract with McKesson Automation, ensuring that its member hospitals and health systems have continued access to a full portfolio of central pharmacy and point-of-care pharmacy automation solutions and services.

Additionally, McKesson will continue to offer HealthTrust member organizations a comprehensive menu of customizable pharmacy automation options. The options are designed to meet each facility's unique requirements, helping the facilities manage their pharmacy operations and inventory more safely and efficiently. Under the extended agreement, HealthTrust members have access to purchase central pharmacy solutions that deliver workflow efficiencies and better cost control. These solutions include the new MedCarousel® vertical storage and retrieval system; the new MedShelf-Rx™ inventory management software; NarcStation™ narcotics control system; PACMED™ high-speed medication packager; PROmanager-Rx™ robotic dispensing system for unit-dose, oral solid medications; and the new ROBOT-Rx® pharmacy robotic storage and dispensing system.

Point-of-care solutions include the AcuDose-Rx® medication dispensing cabinet, which allows hospital nurses to dispense medications faster and more efficiently, while pharmacists have greater control over cabinet inventory management. AcuDose-Rx functions in any dispensing environment, and the exclusive RightStock™ feature automatically monitors and adjusts medication levels based on usage, helping to reduce costly stock outs and waste. Provisions of the contract also allow HealthTrust members to participate in a standardized implementation program that offers long-term, predictable total cost of ownership for medication dispensing cabinets.

"Today, HealthTrust's hospital members can leverage a comprehensive, integrated set of pharmacy automation solutions while benefitting from HealthTrust's purchasing efficiencies," explained Kraig McEwen, president, McKesson Automation. "And as Automation accelerates its growth strategy, HealthTrust members will benefit from a host of new solutions that will address the next generation of challenges related to medication delivery."

About HealthTrust

HealthTrust (legally known as HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. HealthTrust (www.healthtrustpg.com) serves 1,400 acute care facilities, 800 ambulatory surgery centers and members in more than 10,600 other locations including physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., HealthTrust is closely integrated with the provider-proven capabilities of Parallon Business Solutions (www.parallon.net) which include workforce management solutions, revenue cycle and business process expertise and technology solutions.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting.

McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

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