The goal of the cystic fibrosis programme is to improve access to care by providing on-line resources to patients and their families, including secure messaging between patients and physicians; virtual visits, educational material and information to help patients improve management of their illness; and resources to community programmes. The programme will rely on MyFamilyMD, a secure Web portal which facilitates communication and education between health care providers and their patients.
The Asthma Telemedicine Project is an innovative multi-disciplinary and multi-site system of care designed to enhance the quality of care for children with asthma. The project, designed for the expressed needs of the community members, will be implemented at three elementary schools in Bayview Hunter's Point, a pre-dominantly low-income community in San Francisco with a high asthma prevalence rate. One of the key goals of the asthma project is to facilitate the sharing of clinical information and expert knowledge between sub-specialists, community-based organisations, and physicians.
The programme will use Health-e-Coordinator, a Web-based application designed to support both the clinical management of the patient as well as the care co-ordination processes that exist within a health care system. Research studies have shown that consistent and frequent communication, emphasising physician recommendations, can lead to improved clinical and functional outcomes for patients with chronic disease.
David Bergman, MD, Associate Professor of Paediatrics at Stanford University stated: "Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center are pleased to partner with I-trax on these very important clinical initiatives for our patients with cystic fibrosis and asthma. We selected I-trax because their technology solutions offer us the opportunity to provide state-of-the art care that links patients, physicians, and community resources in one application. We look forward to expanding our relationship with I-trax into other clinical areas and hope that this will be the basis of a long-term collaboration."
"We are very proud to have been selected by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center to be their technology partner for this innovative programme that will link patients and care givers in new and exciting ways", stated Frank A. Martin, Chairman and CEO of I-trax. "Our goal is to provide premier organisations such as Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Medical Center, the technology solutions they need to continue to provide integrated health and community services to their patients."
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 230-bed hospital devoted entirely to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing paediatric medical and surgical services and associated with Stanford University Medical Center, Packard offers patients locally, regionally, and nationally the full range of health care programmes and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury.
I-trax combines health information and care co-ordination services to provide a portfolio of integrated health management solutions to payers, providers, and employers to improve the quality of health and wellness for populations. Utilising a common data platform, the Medicive Medical Enterprise Data System, I-trax solutions enable true co-ordination of care through the utilisation of shared records by all caregivers.
These solutions are tested and proven in real world settings including the Walter Reed Army Healthcare System, the Office of Attending Physician, the US Congress, and the Pentagon, Presbyterian Health Plan, CalOptima and Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. I-trax is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has offices in Omaha, Nebraska and Reston, Virginia.