TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Medworxx Inc. ("Medworxx") (TSXV: MWX), provider of healthcare solutions for patient flow,
compliance and education, announced today results that show
improvements in patient flow achieved by Medworxx Customers.
The Medworxx Patient Flow Platform focuses on the improvement of patient
flow and quality of care using proven methodologies and utilization
management best practices. It is currently in use at 125 hospitals
across Canada. Medworxx uniquely combines clinical assessments of the
patient and operational best practices to manage and improve patient
flow within the acute care and post-acute care hospital settings. The
platform continually evolves based on best practice research and
collaboration with physicians, nurses, and other users of the Medworxx
suite. There are three products that comprise the Medworxx Patient
Flow Platform: the Medworxx Utilization Management System, Bed
Optimization System, and Independent Assessment.
The Medworxx Utilization Management System (UMS) focuses on
appropriateness and quality care for reducing length of stay, improving
patient flow in the hospital, and eliminating barriers and delays to
patient care. The Bed Optimization System (BOS) provides a real time
clinical status of patients, beds and resources across departments,
hospitals, and regions. Independent Assessment is a platform for
assessing patients against any number of standards for patient
classification and reporting. One example is assessing Alternative
Level of Care (ALC).
Benefits of the Medworxx Utilization Management System include improved
patient flow, reduced length of stay, improved identification of and
processes around alternate level of care, reduced emergency department
wait times, reduced readmission rates, and greater transparency through
improved knowledge of care delays. Some specific examples reported by
Medworxx' customers are noted below.
At Southlake Regional Health Centre, in Newmarket, Ontario, they are
achieving more timely discharges of patients. The percentage of
in-patient cases associated with a "Readiness for Discharge" (RFD) has
decreased from 39% to 30%, representing a 23% improvement. "More
patients never having an RFD associated with their stay means more
timely discharges and a better flow of patients," said Jane Casey,
Director, Medicine Programs, Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ontario had been struggling to
flow admitted patients out of the emergency department as the number of inpatients ready for an
alternate level of care (ALC) increased. A change management strategy
called "Home First" was implemented; this included significant
investment into the community. As part of this change management
strategy, the Medworxx Utilization Management System was implemented to
help track utilization and provide data to help improve process.
"Medworxx has helped us identify process and communication issues to
improve the planning and teamwork related to complex patient
discharges", said Patti Cochrane, Vice President, Patient Services &
Quality and CNO, Trillium Health Centre. "The most impressive is the
recent impact of daily use of service delays and communication with
DI/Cardiac Diagnostics; we are also making headway in physician/NP
Through Trillium's change management strategy, they have reduced their
ALC cases from a peak of 131 in March 2009, representing about 18% of
the hospital's total beds, to fewer than 55, representing 7% of beds.
"Hospitals and health regions across the country are realizing
meaningful and sustainable improvements in clinical utilization
management using the Medworxx UMS. Organizations typically experience
decreased length of stays and conservable days, more appropriate use of
beds and resources, and better recognition, management and reporting of
ALC cases," said Wendy McLaughlin, VP Clinical Services, Medworxx.
"All this, and the confidence of knowing that quality of care remains
About Southlake Regional Health Centre
Based in Newmarket, Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service
hospital with a provincial mandate to deliver advanced diagnostic and
treatment services in cancer care, cardiac care, pediatric and
perinatal care, child and adolescent eating disorders, and child and
adolescent mental health care. It also specializes in arthritis care
and thoracic and cataract surgery. Serving more than one million
residents of York Region and South Simcoe, Southlake is in the process
of transforming to a teaching and research centre. For more
information about Southlake Regional Health Centre, visit www.southlakeregional.org.
About Trillium Health Centre
Trillium Health Centre is one of Canada's largest
academically-affiliated tertiary care hospitals with highly-specialized
regional programs in advanced cardiac, vascular, stroke, neurosciences,
orthopaedic, and sexual assault/domestic violence services. Housing a
model ambulatory care centre and the largest free standing day surgery
centre in North America, Trillium serves over one million residents in
Peel and West Toronto and from other communities across Ontario. For
more information about Trillium Health Centre, visit www.trilliumhealthcentre.org.
Medworxx provides healthcare solutions for patient flow, compliance and
education. Founded in 2004, Medworxx products are now used by more
than 500,000 people at over 300 hospitals across North America.
Medworxx: our market is healthcare, our vertical is knowledge. For more
information, visit www.medworxx.com.
The statements made in this Press Release may contain forward-looking
statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual
events or results could differ materially from the Company's
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