HOUSTON, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- "With Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike we saw a need to help patients, their physicians and healthcare providers navigate through chaos created by lack of access to medical records," states Al Davies, M.D., a seasoned critical care physician and CEO of PatientCentral Technologies. "We created unique solutions which enable communication between patients, their physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers and public health agencies. This unique technology enables the flow of information between points of care, reducing information silos and improving healthcare safety in disasters and even daily EMS runs."
Based on Lessons Learned in Real Disasters
PatientCentral's team of physicians, nurses and technologists has firsthand experience in treating victims of personal emergencies and mass casualty disasters. Their mission is to enhance the health and safety of people by improving communication with their healthcare providers. "We want to encourage people to be more involved in their healthcare and make it easy to accomplish that goal. We developed modular technology which could help people to prepare for emergencies such as hurricanes and other disasters such as earthquakes and even bioterrorist attacks," says Davies.
Encouraged by the healthcare technology reform initiatives promised by President Obama, PatientCentral's Vice President of Clinical Operations, Valerie Purcell, RN, MBA, teamed up with Reuben Vasquez, CEO of VerdaSee Solutions, specializing in tracking and logistics, to network with Congressional staff in the healthcare and disaster management arenas. During these meetings, Congressional staff saw many ways MyHealthArchive could improve patient safety, including augmenting healthcare technology for homeless shelters, working with community-based emergency preparedness initiatives, developing local government partnerships, and assisting nursing homes in better preparing their patients for disasters.
Targeting Every American Who May Be in a Disaster
"We embarked on a mission to inform, educate and provide a public service campaign for every American which enables people to have access to basic technology tools for safer healthcare. MyHealthArchive Lite(R) is a public service free for anyone, helping people to better prepare to navigate their healthcare needs every day as well as in the event of disasters. In a nation on the verge of healthcare reform, PatientCentral provides sophisticated technology which facilitates reliable health information exchange and communication during disasters," says Purcell.
Logistics for First Responders
Reuben Vasquez, CEO of VerdaSee Solutions, specializing in the design and implementation of first responder and logistics systems, met with Ms. Purcell and Congressional staff to discuss how medical care at mass casualty incidents and disasters requires rapid patient triage and assessment due to the overwhelming numbers of casualties, limited time and resources. "Many current systems rely on paper triage tags on which rescuers mark the patient's triage status and document very limited information regarding injuries and treatments administered in the field. This is not only an inefficient process, there is high likelihood that the tag will become lost or damaged during transport. We have resolved this with the ability to process patients rapidly with hand-held digital recording devices, wireless transmission capabilities and an electronic medical record which stores and transmits patient identification and treatment data to the incident commander. The incident commander can literally see at a glance the array of patients including their triage status and location and can more easily arrange transport and disposition to a local hospital."
Unique Partnership for Patient Safety
What is truly unique about the partnership between PatientCentral Technologies and VerdaSee Solutions is the secure, electronic data interface capabilities between MyHealthArchive personal health information management system and with DisasterLink(R) disaster information management technology. The information silos between first responders, hospital and public health information management systems no longer exist. "We've enabled secure, encrypted bi-directional interface between patients and each point of care and service. The ability to track what is happening in real time helps maximize capabilities within and between communities to better manage supplies and human resources," states Matt Davies, Vice President, Information Technology for PatientCentral. "This technology augments existing information processes to promote reliable and accurate exchange of information and provide better insight for community-based and inter-agency strategic planning purposes through real-time and retrospective data analysis," says Purcell, who is also a certified expert in healthcare quality management.
Technology Aids Reunification
An important and also unique service provided to the public by MyHealthArchive and DisasterLink is the reunification feature. Through MyHealthArchive, subscribers may send e-mails or text messages to friends or loved ones as well as post to message boards at the time of a disaster so that people have the ability to find each other. Through DisasterLink, the real-time interface can expedite recognition and matching of patients with their families. Says Davies, "We can share information with other reunification agencies." The built-in feature is a major enhancement of existing reunification efforts.
Meeting With Congressional Staffers to Plan Disaster Response and Relief
As Purcell and Vasquez met with Congressional staff of Congressman Carney, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton and Congressman Henry Cuellar, who represent the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security, and Congressional staff of Texas including Congressman Kevin Brady, Joe Barton, and Lamar Smith, both were ardent in their conviction to help strengthen the healthcare and emergency management system through their technology: "This unique health and disaster information system is capable of capturing, integrating and securely exchanging data. Ultimately, we want to provide Americans with solutions when time and circumstances are crucial."
For further information, contact PatientCentral Technologies, LLC at (888) 788-8873.
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