Wilson County Home Health Agency pilots Mi-Co's mobile data capture software system

Research Triangle Park 26 August 2003Wilson County is implementing state of the art mobile data capture technology from Mi-Co to analyse expected cost savings and maximise the quality of the data they collect while serving their clients. The pilot programme will begin September 1st for the Wilson County Home Health Agency and will be under the direction of the Agency's Home Health Director, Debra Harris.

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"We have three goals in mind for this project", stated Debra Harris. "First, we expect an overall decrease in cost related to printing forms, copying forms and the storage of forms. Second, we feel we will see an increased acceptance in complying with HIPAA regulations by securing patient data in computer files rather than paper that is less secure. Finally, we feel that we will be giving the nursing staff better access to patient information with regard to previous notes and visit records. This will empower the nurses to spend less time with paperwork and more time with the patients."

The project includes the electronic capture of Outcome & Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data. OASIS includes comprehensive assessment data for adult home care patients that is sent to state agencies and ultimately administered by the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), United States Department of Health and Human Services. OASIS is a key component of Medicare's partnership with the home care industry to foster and monitor improved home health care outcomes.

"We are excited about working with the Wilson County Home Health Agency in this pilot project", stated Barrett Joyner, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing of Mi-Co. "In one previous government application, the project manager found a time savings of over 50 percent on the data capture process. We look forward to Wilson County gaining similar results.

"In previous discussions with Debra Harris and nurses in the Agency", added Barrett Joyner, "I was struck by how dedicated they are to continually increasing the quality of service they provide their clients. With Mi-Forms increasing the efficiency of the data capture process and saving the county money, the true bottom line impact will be that Debra Harris and her staff will have more time to directly serve and help their patients."

The Agency serves the Wilson County area as well as portions of Johnston, Pitt, Nash, Edgecombe, and Green Counties. The Wilson County Home Health Agency provides services to people who are confined to their home and need skilled care. Services offered by this programme include skilled nursing, home health aide, and physical, speech, and occupational therapy. These services are provided upon physician referral. Patients may receive a quicker discharge from the hospital with these services because skilled care is provided for patients in their homes.

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, provides enterprise software to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire process of capturing and using data. Mi-Co's end-to-end Mi-Forms Software System enables the capture, handwriting verification and communication of forms based and free-form pen-on-paper data for enterprise users.

Mi-Forms supports data capture using the Tablet PC, the Logitech io Digital Pen, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co's vertical markets for the Mi-Forms Software include health care and pharmaceuticals, public safety, and governmental services, and Mi-Co has a growing number of customers in these segments.


Leslie Versweyveld

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