Health Outcomes Worldwide (HOW), Canada’s leading e-health software solutions provider for optimizing patient care and cost outcomes, today announced its award-winning how2trak software is now available as a mobile app on all iPads and Android mobile devices. In real time, the new how2trak mobile app analyzes complicated data to empower nurses and physicians with more knowledge to help them improve patient care and dramatically reduce costs.
Unlike an Electronic Health Record (EHR), how2trak requires, reminds, and guides healthcare professionals to follow evidence-based, best practice care. At the point of care specifically, the how2trak®mobile app helps nurses and physicians understand if a patient’s condition is improving or worsening.
Nurses have cited access to information, education, and organizational support as key factors to help them implement evidence-based, best practice care. One example of best practice care is compression therapy for venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Using the largest would care database in Canada, HOW knows that only 58 per cent of patients with VLUs are receiving compression therapy. In contrast, users of how2trak deliver compression therapy to VLU patients 100 per cent of the time.
The general public often assumes that optimal patient care requires higher costs. But the opposite is true: when nurses and physicians follow evidence-based best practices, they can deliver much better care while significantly reducing costs. Across several customer implementations, users of how2trak caring for patients with VLUs have healed the wound in 4 to 8 weeks, while non-users of how2trak have taken as long as 60 weeks to heal the wound. This resulting efficiency decreased pain and suffering for the patient and reduced healthcare costs. Several other studies have also suggested that evidence-based care can reduce patient complications and reduce costs by as much as 30 per cent (Ohio State University, 2012).
“Our vision is to transform chronic disease management,” Corrine McIsaac, president and founder of HOW. “Our announcement today continues our momentum in executing upon that vision. Our how2trak software is the world’s premier e-health solution that converts raw data into actionable knowledge to improve patient care at much lower costs. We’re also using our research expertise and customer feedback to develop software modules for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Dementia, Arthritis, and Falls Prevention. ”
In addition to many of how2trak’s original features, key features of the new how2trak mobile app include:
• multiple touch screens that make delivering best practice care and data entry much easier with less typing
• a searchable product page to quickly find products by name or type
• the ability to upload photos directly to patient records without having to search on a computer
Using the new how2trak mobile app includes the following benefits:
• Improve patient care with more knowledge and better decisions
• Track product usage and effectiveness
• Identify opportunities to reduce costs
• Improve HR processes
• Easily integrated into most existing healthcare data systems
HOW also upgraded its how2trak web app with the following new features based on customer requests: 1) a form builder that makes any paper form electronic, 2) notes sections, and 3) real-time wound size and depth graphs.
About Health Outcomes Worldwide
Health Outcomes Worldwide (HOW) is the leading provider of healthcare software solutions that empower healthcare organizations to improve patient care and significantly reduce costs. With its advanced data analytics and clinical evidence, the company’s award-winning how2trak®software helps nurses and physicians gain valuable knowledge to improve patient care outcomes and maximize operational efficiency. HOW has the largest wound care database in Canada and specializes in wound care, diabetes, and surgical site surveillance. The company’s vision is to transform chronic disease management and is swiftly developing software modules for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), dementia, arthritis, and fall prevention. HOW also provides clinical consulting services for wound prevalence studies and wound environmental assessments. For more information, visit WWW.HEALTHOUTCOMESWW.COM.
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Health Outcomes Worldwide
Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 29, 2013