Columbus Children's Hospital Inc. Improves Office-Based Prevention Practices and Adolescent Screening Processes with Galvanon's MediKiosk

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Use of automated self-assessments enables primary care physicians to identify at-risk adolescent behavior and deliver personalized treatment.

Galvanon, the patient experience company, today announced that Columbus Children's Hospital Inc. has implemented its MediKiosk™ and eClipboard solutions as a part of its Health e-Touch initiative at eight pediatric-based primary care clinics. The technology supports the organization's clinical research department in fulfilling the requirements of the Trial of Automated Risk Appraisal for Adolescents (TARAA) Project, a self-report health screening of youth at-risk behavior.

The TARAA project is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and screens youth for their use of alcohol and drugs, symptoms and impairments for co-morbid mental disorders, and other at-risk behaviors such as suicide ideation and depression. By using MediKiosk, Columbus Children's Hospital has been able to automate the survey process, enhance patient privacy, improve the quality of the data it collects, speed the scoring process and generate real time lab results.

Upon arrival at the facility, patients participate in the Health e-Touch initiative by using eClipboard's touch screen interface to complete the health risk assessment questionnaire, which presents patients with one question per screen to ensure HIPAA compliance. Galvanon's technology also enables the use of adaptive screening, where users are asked to answer additional questions based on previous responses. During the first year of use, Columbus Children's Hospital estimates that more than 6,000 patients between the ages of 11 and 20 will participate in the prevention screening process.

“While primary care is an ideal setting for initiating treatment related to adolescent at-risk behavior, a brief office encounter does not provide the information a physician needs to deliver customized treatment and interventions,” said Kelly J. Kelleher, M.D., M.P.H., director of the office of clinical sciences at Columbus Children's Hospital. “By teaming with Galvanon to introduce Health e-Touch and screen patients in a faster, more effective manner, we are able to gather more accurate data. This data enables our physicians to deliver a higher standard of care and facilitates further research and follow-up activities, such as continued telephone support services that are consistent with the treatment regimen.”

Within seconds of survey completion, the self-reported results are summarized, scored using pre-defined algorithms and stored in the patient's lab result. The data is available to physicians during the same-day office visit. Having access to this personalized assessment information allows physicians to provide tailored advice and conduct interventions that are more likely to change patient behavior.

“Through its use of MediKiosk and eClipboard, Columbus Children's Hospital has been able to overcome many of the barriers of traditional paper-based screening processes,” said Raj Toleti, chairman and CEO of Galvanon. “Not only is this automated screening process more efficient and cost-effective, but it also lends itself to the collection of more reliable data and leads to increased utilization of prevention-related services.”

About Galvanon, Inc.

Galvanon helps healthcare organizations enhance the patient experience at home, in the hospital and in the physician's office through innovative solutions such as kiosks, Web self-service applications and technology that streamlines everyday patient interactions and improves patient flow through the healthcare process. For more information, visit http://www.galvanon.com.

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Cathi Hilpert

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770-663-6343, ext. 223

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