Home care systems
Bayshore’s Optimacura improves
treatment at point-of-care
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Bayshore Home
Health has announced the launch of Optimacura, a new suite of
inter-professional clinical programs including wound care, fall
prevention, pediatric care and more. According to the company, the
technology and reporting system behind Optimacura make it unique among
“Optimacura programs provide an outcome-based approach to patient
assessment, care planning, treatment and evaluation,” said Holly Quinn,
Bayshore’s chief nursing officer. “In addition, Optimacura is backed by
leading-edge technology that enables healthcare providers to make
informed decisions about therapy while continually measuring clients’
progress with respect to treatment goals.”
Optimacura’s focus on evidence-based care promotes healing and reduces
the frequency of nursing visits and the length of care required.
“Healthcare goals are met more quickly which leads to increased quality
of life for patients,” added Quinn. “We’re already seeing improvements
in wound care, with patients exceeding recovery benchmarks for certain
Healthcare professionals and funders will benefit from Optimacura’s
outcome reporting and analysis. Technology supporting Optimacura
programs offers point-of-care decision tools to an inter-professional
team that includes nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health
professionals. The creation of electronic patient records and the
ability to analyze this data leads to customized solutions based on a
funder’s unique patient population.
“Analysis can show gaps in best practices that vary from region to
region across the country,” explained Quinn. “With Optimacura, we can
delve into the statistics and identify the reasons behind the gaps while
offering customized solutions to improve each healthcare funder’s bottom
With Optimacura, data can show a potential problem or need for change.
The benefit to funders is knowing where a systemic problem lies and
where to allocate resources for improvement. For example, the data may
show that for a certain wound type the time between visits is too short.
Best practices may suggest a longer interval between visits, resulting
in better care, faster healing and better use of resources.
Bayshore’s clinical practice leaders, along with third-party healthcare
experts on its National Clinical Advisory Council, will continually
consult and review Optimacura programs and update them based on new
In addition to being used by Bayshore’s caregivers, Optimacura is also
available to outside organizations as a model for how to treat patients.
Its suite of clinical programs includes infusion therapy, palliative
care, fall prevention, pediatric care, spinal cord injury and care,
acquired brain injury care, medication management, chronic disease
management and specialized wound care.
About Bayshore Home Health
Bayshore Home Health has been enhancing the quality of life, dignity and
independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Canadian owned and
operated, it is one of the country’s largest providers of home and
community healthcare services, with more than 50 home care offices, 20
community care clinics and 8,000 employees. Its core services are
in-home nursing, personal care and home support – which can be purchased
directly by individuals and also accessed through government care
programs, personal and group insurance plans and workplace safety
insurance. The company also provides nurse/caregiver staffing services,
health education programs and treatments in its community dialysis centres. Through its subsidiary, Bayshore Specialty Rx, it offers
infusion pharmacy, infusion clinic and pharmaceutical support services
to a variety of healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations.
Posted November 18, 2010