Gearworks announces Appmosphere application for location-based mobile health care

Fort Lauderdale 14 October 2008Gearworks, a provider of location-based mobile business applications, has introduced OnCare by Gearworks, a location-based solution for mobile health care, at the annual conference of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Gearworks expects to begin beta testing OnCare in quarter 4 with a commercial release in the first quarter of 2009.


Developed using Gearworks' Appmosphere mobile application platform, OnCare simplifies management of care professionals in the field and allows organisations to focus on delivering quality patient care. OnCare represents a new set of wireless carrier-delivered mobile business applications designed using Appmosphere to explicitly match the unique needs of specific market segments - such as home health care.

"OnCare illustrates the power of the Gearworks' Appmosphere platform to efficiently deliver innovative on-deck mobile applications", stated Brent Iadarola, Global Research Director, Mobile and Wireless, Frost and Sullivan. "Utilizing the Appmosphere 'write once and run any' capability, Gearworks can customize OnCare to fit the unique care plans of any health care enterprise, positioning Gearworks and its carrier partners to serve this fast growing market segment."

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of home health care and personal aides to grow 50 percent to 2,3 million employed by 2016, driven by the demands of an aging population and the substantial cost savings from delivering care in home. Tens of thousands of home health care agencies struggle to meet growing administrative and regulatory requirements and increased fuel, employee and treatment costs in the face of fixed reimbursements.

Deployed on BlackBerry and other advanced mobile devices, as well as low-cost, mass-market mobile phones, and ready-to-integrate to health care information management systems, OnCare allows home care and hospice organisations to economically increase productivity, ensure compliance and improve outcomes, saving $300 per aide per month through reduced costs, increased visits and capturing missed interventions.

"With Appmosphere, we can now develop and deploy a rich, purpose-built application across phones and carriers in weeks", stated Doug Marinaro, vice president of marketing and business development for Gearworks. "OnCare is more than an out-of-the-box solution for health care. It's a reference application that can be customized in days for enterprises or for software vendors joining our Appmosphere Partners Network."

OnCare by Gearworks uses GPS to help home care and hospice organisations increase productivity, ensure compliance and improve patient outcomes. The solution combines care plan information with location, ensuring that patient care plans are followed and billed accurately, reducing paperwork, expediting payroll and reducing fuel costs.

Key features include:

  • login and screen-lock for patient data security
  • easy timecards including integration to popular payroll systems
  • panic/assistance button for improved staff safety
  • two-way messaging to stay in-touch discreetly without text charges
  • daily visit plan updated automatically with alerts for schedule changes
  • pre-built integration with health care information systems for increased efficiency
  • configurable care plans to guide care and speed reimbursement
  • easy health care-specific data entry for clear and consistent documentation
  • turn-by-turn, audible navigation to reduce mileage costs and improve staff safety
  • over-the-air application updates to minimize IT downtime for customizations
  • Web portal showing current locations of caregivers to let supervisors respond to interventions or schedule changes
  • hosted on a secure carrier-grade infrastructure with 24/7 United States-based support

Appmosphere is a carrier-class, location-enabled mobile application delivery platform. It provides organisations with application mobility on-demand, on multiple wireless networks, on any mobile device and on the carrier's monthly bill. Appmosphere represents a new category of application mobility Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. It was specifically designed to address the daunting challenges faced by companies and independent software vendors seeking to "mobilize" and location-enable their business applications.

Gearworks provides an industry-leading carrier-class platform for location-based mobile applications that help businesses reduce fuel, overtime, and other operating costs, increase employee productivity and safety, and improve customer satisfaction. Through the Gearworks Appmosphere platform, wireless carriers deliver location-based mobile business applications to market faster, software vendors mobilize their applications easily, and enterprises cost-effectively integrate and deploy their back-office applications and business processes to their mobile workforce through any wireless carrier on any mobile device.

Appmosphere is the technology foundation for Gearworks' mobile workforce management applications, including etrace and other carrier-branded products. With Appmosphere and its applications, the company serves thousands of small-to-medium-sized business and enterprise customers across a broad range of industries - including health care, field service, home and store delivery, construction, utilities and government services.

Leslie Versweyveld

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