Home care systems
VON tests BlackBerry in Maritimes
SYDNEY, N.S. – In Cape Breton, VON
Canada nurses have started using BlackBerry mobile communication devices
as part of their daily client care routines.
“There are unique operational requirements that make it possible for us
to offer high-quality nursing care in the home,” says Elizabeth
MacDonald, VON Cape Breton’s Executive Director. “We are always looking
for ways to make the process more efficient so that the care experience
is the best it can be – we believe the BlackBerry will help us do this.”
The Cape Breton site is part of VON’s national pilot project introducing
the communications devices to front line operations; Lunenberg and
Halifax were also chosen to take part.
Using special software, the devices will help reduce the amount of time
nurses spend on paperwork, while also providing faster and easier
communication with the team who plan the nurses’ schedules and client
assignments. “What it means is that ultimately our nurses will have to
spend less time on administration, leaving more time for client care,”
says MacDonald. “Our nurses are thrilled to be part of this innovative
pilot project and we are anxious to see the difference this
communication tool will make at the front-line.”
In 2009, VON signed a two-year, $10 million agreement with IBM to help
the organization transform the way home and community healthcare is
delivered in Canada.
The Cape Breton component of the clinical mobility pilot project uses
BlackBerry devices and applications to support care delivery planning.
IBM is providing process design, rollout coordination, training and
overall project management and integration. After four months, a full
evaluation of the project will help VON determine how it can make this
solution part of front line home care across Canada.
About VON Canada
VON Canada is dedicated to being a leader in the delivery of innovative
comprehensive health and social services and to influencing the
development of health and social policy in Canada. VON is a national
health organization and registered charity offering a wide range of
community health care solutions that meet the needs of millions of
Canadians. VON is accredited by Accreditation Canada.
Posted November 18, 2010