Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 22, 2012
“Empowering and engaging families in the process of care” is a top priority for Nemours Children’s Hospital.
Technologies Focused On Patient-Centered Care - As partners in care delivery, patient families will have secure and confidential access to clinical information wherever they may be, enhancing communication and follow-up with patients prior to coming to the hospital and after discharge through the use of personal health records systems.
For several years Nemours had been investigation how to better engage patients and families in the process of care. Recognizing the evolving needs and technological capabilities of patients and their families, a consumer health platform to support their corporate strategy was being sought. The following key requirements were developed through extensive family interviews: efficient and effective communication between families of patients and clinicians; ability to track key parameters for chronic and complex patients; and the ability to view lab results and appointments. Clarity Health Journal is the first product to embody these needs.
The 2011 Cluster Grant award for Obesity Research Cluster (ORC) calls for implementation of Clarity Health Journal™. Nemours seeks to better understand the utility and effectiveness of decision support messages delivered directly to the patient. Clarity Health Journal delivers a wide array of features, otherwise not available to patients at Nemours. It will also integrate with the current portal known as MyNemours.
Clarity Health Journal™ was chosen because the application delivers a comprehensive web 2.0 experience to patients including social networking and the ability to deliver messages via mobile devices. The project will engage families dealing with Child Obesity in order to better understand the use of technology to improve patient outcomes by empowering families.
The Clarity Health Journal designed as a family centric health application allows for information sharing and monitoring. It will be used by family members of patients at Nemours. Focusing on both the patient and the family is a unique approach to healthcare. Parents of children with health conditions are motivated in monitoring their health and working with the care team to foster health and wellness while lowering the cost of healthcare. The Clarity Health Journal integrates the hospital record and the doctor’s records along with personal health details to create a more complete health record.
“This pilot program will look at outcome measures related to patient compliance using a combination of a food and an exercise diary.” Dr. David Milov (CMIO of Nemours Children’s Hospital). Looking at how the family involvement can enhance the quality of health care, Nemours is working hand-in-hand with families to find innovative ways to help manage children’s health. Dr. David Milov indicated “this project will be great for patient communication, improve patient care, decrease missed appointments, decrease misunderstandings when it comes to patient instructions, encourage patient/family to have responsibility for their own care.”
Over the course of the pilot, Nemours will monitor early indicators of success with researchers and family focus groups.
“Designed with both personal wellness and the efficient delivery of healthcare services in mind, Clarity Health Journal fosters better quality health by promoting family and patient participation in the management of their health, integrating health data into the healthcare providers’ work flow, increasing the quality and accuracy of that information and driving down the cost of healthcare,” explains Saverio Rinaldi, President and CEO of Consulting Cadre International Inc. “Clarity Health Journal helps improve communication by involving the family in the patients’ care in and outside of the hospital; we feel this will reduce readmissions and emergency visits.”
Clarity Health Journal has the capability to cover the broad spectrum of individual health management, from post-natal and elderly care to normal health and chronic disease management.
The solution takes an individual’s health information, which today can be found in paper and/or electronic form in one or more places, including general practitioners and/or specialists’ offices, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and patients’ residences and re-engineers them into an accessible, updatable, electronic health journal.
“Clarity Health Journal patient-managed information provides seamless integration between the individual, doctor, hospital, clinic and government, ultimately resulting in more accurate health diagnosis and better personal care,” adds Mr. Rinaldi.
Nemours is a pediatric healthcare system operating in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nemours currently operates several subspecialty clinics in the aforementioned states as well as the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the soon to be operational Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida. The Nemours mission is one that seeks to improve the health of all children regardless of ability to pay. The mission also includes an unwavering commitment to the creation of new knowledge through research and the delivery of educational programs that train tomorrow’s healthcare providers.
For more information, please visit http://nemours.org.
About Clarity Health Journal LLC.
Established in 2011 in Pennsylvania, Clarity Health Journal LLC. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consulting Cadre International Inc. a leading technology service and solutions firm. The company provides consulting, development and implementation services for healthcare. CCII developed the Clarity Health Journal as a consumer health application, empowering families to take charge of their health.
Dr. David E. Milov,
Chief Medical Information Officer
207 W. Gore Street, Suite 200
Orlando, FL. 32806
Clarity Health Journal LLC
Nan Brooks, VP of Strategy (nbrooks(at)consultingcadre(dot)net)
10 Alhart Dr.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada