MedShare responds to "perfect storm" in health care; launches MedShare HC
for the BlackBerry wireless platform
WATERLOO, ON, May 28 /CNW/ - MedShare, an award-winning provider of home
health care information and communication technologies today announced a new
initiative to improve patient record confidentiality and cut home health care
professionals' paperwork and administrative time by as much as 10 per cent.
At the e-Health 2007: Paths to Transformation conference in Quebec City
this week, MedShare has launched its popular electronic health record
software, for the BlackBerry(R) wireless platform from Research In Motion
(RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM).
"We believe this mobile technology really is a transformation in the way
home health care professionals will deliver medical services," says Barry
Billings, president of MedShare. "It will eliminate duplicate data entry and
paper transactions that consume so much time it burdens health-care
Remote health care professionals engage in manual record keeping, which
adds an hour or two per day, on top of the home visits they're involved with.
They often do not have electronic connections to a central database because
they are too remote to have a persistent electronic signal. Or, because the
health care industry has been slow to switch from paper records to electronic
records, health care professionals may not have access to an electronic
MedShare for BlackBerry solves both problems. First, it provides a
home-office based electronic records database, through the increasingly
popular MedShare HC software designed especially for home health care
professionals. As well, in combination with the BlackBerry platform, the
MedShare solution accommodates for what Billings calls "occasional
disconnection" -- that is, health care professionals in the field or in remote
locations without wireless coverage can continue to enter information on their
BlackBerry smartphone, which is automatically cached and then transferred to
their larger database when back in coverage. It provides transparent, seamless
and secure access to essential health records.
Billings calls the current home health environment a "perfect storm" for
"We've hit a critical mass," he says. "We have electronic health records
available through MedShare, wireless access through the BlackBerry platform,
and society needing better health care access. Those three elements are
combining to prompt the sector to re-invent how it delivers health care, and
MedShare is the answer."
"Wireless data solutions are being successfully implemented by
organizations of all sizes in a wide variety of industries," said Jeff
McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances at Research In Motion. "MedShare's
health care information solution on the BlackBerry platform can help
facilitate better collaboration and improve administrative efficiencies for
home care professionals and other health care professionals in the field."
Five clients have signed on to pioneer this technology. Four are
medium-sized regional health care agency groups with 25- to 250-employees, and
one is a large national agency with 4,000 staff.
"The home care industry's greatest challenge is that it must deliver the
best home health care services possible while maintaining operational
efficiency. I believe we can only meet this challenge through advanced
technology solutions," says John Schram, president and CEO of We Care Health
Services Inc., which services Canadian clients from coast to coast from 50
locations. We Care will join the new initiative with MedShare and BlackBerry
to pilot the new technology."
Home care is the fastest growing segment of the North American health
care sector. In 2005, 2.1 million health care professionals provided medical
services and daily-living assistance in their clients' homes.
MedShare is an award-winning provider of information and communication
technologies to the North American home health care sector which is the
fastest growing segment of the health care sector. MedShare delivers
electronic health record and agency management solutions to meet the clinical
and administrative needs of home health care professionals.
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM
assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in
relation to third party products or services.
For further information: visit www.medshare.com. Or contact: Barry
Billings, President, MedShare, 1-800-624-0014 or (519) 624-0014,