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Home care technology

ParaMed enhances home care using BlackBerrys

MARKHAM, Ont. – ParaMed Home Healthcare, in collaboration with CellTrak Technologies, Inc., has announced the development and launch of an innovative mobile healthcare application that leverages the productivity features of BlackBerry smartphone devices. The new application includes initial, reassessment and discharge assessments which enable the capturing of real-time information at the point-of-care.

All assessments include nursing sensitive outcomes and the ability to view results through a secure portal.

The application is built upon the CellTrak homecare platform that enables advanced enterprise capabilities to capture and analyze real-time data and trends in home care with security and confidentiality.

“We have successfully completed user testing with extremely positive feedback from our nurses,” said Sue Pearl-Agar, Vice-President. The pilot phase is under way, during which nurses are engaged in shaping an application that can adapt to their nursing practice. ParaMed has embraced evidence-based practice for many years, however, “this step forward transforms nursing practice and establishes a new foundation, further enhancing the best possible client outcomes,” said Cheryl Reid-Haughian, Director Professional Practice.

“As a manager, this new application gives me the ability to ensure my nurses are consistently delivering evidence-based, quality nursing care, said Tracey Stevenson, Care and Service Manager.

Erin Caplan, RPN, believes this innovation “fits with nursing work flow and is more convenient and efficient than paper”.

This innovation also brings additional resources to the fingertips of nurses at the frontline to support their clinical decision-making and contributes to improved client outcomes.

“We are pleased to help enable automated, comprehensive assessments that include nursing sensitive outcome measures, along with other clinical features for ParaMed,” said Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak. “ParaMed has long been a leader in the automation of key information that helps improve client outcomes at the point-of-care.”

With evidence changing rapidly, this innovation will facilitate communication and integration at the front line.

About ParaMed Home Healthcare
ParaMed Home Healthcare is a division of Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust, and was founded in 1974. It is a leading home care provider in Canada providing nursing, home support and therapy services for clients and families living in the community. With over 4,500 staff ParaMed is focused on creating “extraordinary experiences with incredible people”. More information about ParaMed can be found at www.paramed.com

About CellTrak Technologies
Founded in 2006, CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, homecare and private duty markets. Our patent pending software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow. Data is transmitted wirelessly to an internet site making the data available in real-time and secure instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end clinical systems and the payer networks. Homecare aides have delivered millions of successful visits via CellTrak. More information can be found at: www.celltrak.com

Posted October 21, 2010

 

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