Hospice of Scotland County implements CellTrak to help improve patient care

Aug 8, 2011 6:04:36 AM

Schaumburg, IL (August 8, 2011) - Hospice of Scotland County serves patients and families who live in Scotland, Robeson, Richmond and Hoke counties in North Carolina, and Marlboro, Dillon and Chesterfield counties in South Carolina and provides care to more than 70 patients each day.

Hospice of Scotland County has been using Allscripts Homecare solution for clinical and scheduling needs for over 10 years. They were interested in further automation and reduction of the paperwork required to document home care visits. The new electronic visit verification technologies from CellTrak were selected to be implemented. Hospice of Scotland County selected BlackBerry smartphone devices from Research in Motion (RIM) running on the Alltel network.

Hospice offers help and support to the patient and family on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis. Patients routinely receive periodic in-home services of a nurse, hospice aide, social worker, family support and other members of the Hospice team. The process of verifying a hospice visit has been a very paper based process with a lot of manual intervention steps. With CellTrak, Hospice of Scotland County was able to remove paper work and help the hospice care team spend more time focused on the care of the patient.

Tammie Slaughter RN, BSN, CHPCA, CHPN and Chief Clinical Officer at Hospice of Scotland County shared, “The integration of the schedules, patient data and staff between Allscripts and CellTrak gives our hospice aides access to up-to-date information and therefore allows them to better care for their patients.” Tammie added, “CellTrak running on BlackBerry devices and integrated with Allscripts provides accurate and timely documentation, which eliminates the need for hours of data entry each week.”

The GPS features available as part of the CellTrak solution offering takes the guess work out of calculating mileage. GPS tracks the mileage to and from each patient’s home and immediately stores it in the system. It also gives staff members the ability to get directions from wherever they are to a patient’s home.

Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies added, “We appreciated the patience and dedication of the Hospice of Scotland County team in being one of the early adopters of this new technology solution”, Wons added that “the new integrated solution continues to improve and work to address the automation needs importantly enabling the care team to spend more time on care and less time on paperwork”.

About Hospice of Scotland County

Since 1986, Hospice of Scotland County has been committed to providing exceptional, compassionate end-of-life care to people in our community. A team of professionals and volunteers, including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplain, and bereavement counselor,
provides personalized care for each patient and family we serve. For more information, call toll free (877) 276-7176 or visit www.scotlandhospice.org.

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