Mr. Dan Matlow reports
VITALHUB ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF COVID-19 ELECTRONIC SCREENING TOOL FOR LONG TERM CARE
Vitalhub Corp. has deployed its COVID-19 electronic screening tool to Region of Waterloo-owned Sunnyside Home Long-Term Care, in support of its response to the deepening COVID-19 crisis.
The development of this screening tool followed Sunnyside Home's request for a solution to manage and conduct ongoing resident screening for symptoms typical of COVID-19.
Vitalhub has leveraged its DOCit mobile app, which was specifically designed with these kind of screening initiatives in mind, to enable the rapid development of its COVID-19 screening solution. DOCit allows care facilities to easily configure and deploy any kind of screening or recurring task, enabling extremely high visibility compliance and reporting standards for both internal and external stakeholders, such as care providers, operations staff, and national, provincial or regional health authorities.
As the number of COVID-19 outbreaks across long-term care homes continues to overwhelm front-line caregivers and cause significant deleterious effects, Sunnyside Home has chosen to deploy this innovative screening tool as one of several pro-active and early-warning measures to protect its residents and staff.
Accessed through Vitalhub's senior-care-focused mobile app called DOCit, care providers are required to screen all residents at various regularly scheduled times throughout the day, and identify residents exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness, including documenting temperature, worsening cough, shortness of breath and headache. Specific responses to certain inputs trigger escalation to relevant care staff in real time for appropriate action to be taken. Sunnyside Home has already successfully identified clusters of symptoms using the company's DOCit electronic COVID-19 screening tool, which has allowed measures to be taken to minimize the potential risk of transmission.
The nursing and retirement home community is older and has complex chronic health conditions, and emerging information on COVID-19 suggests elderly individuals and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk of severe outcomes. As of Monday, April 6, 2020, there have been 46 COVID-19 outbreaks reported in long-term care facilities in Ontario. In light of this, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has issued guidance imploring homes to implement enhanced measures to ensure readiness to contain and respond to COVID-19.
"Ensuring the safety of residents and staff is our highest priority," said Julie Wheeler, administrator, Sunnyside Homes. "When we reached out to Vitalhub to help us with resident screening they were able to develop and implement something in 24 hours. Every minute counts when it comes to safety, having the capacity to respond to our needs so quickly is what every long-term care home needs."
"We have been deeply grateful for the support and assistance that Vitalhub has provided to Sunnyside Home. Their effective tools have greatly reduced documentation time for care staff and their responsiveness and support has been outstanding," said Connie Lacy, director of seniors' services for the Region of Waterloo. "During the COVID crisis, Vitalhub has been there for us and responded immediately with innovative screening solutions. We value them highly as a partner in care delivery."
"The current COVID-19 crisis presents a very appropriate use-case illustrating the value and power of the DOCit app," said Dan Matlow, chief executive officer of Vitalhub. "As a home-specific, configurable assessment, the DOCit solution provides more in-depth analysis of COVID patients, equipping care providers with the ability to identify symptom trending and clusters of affected individuals quickly and early on, which we have learned is of critical importance in fighting the pandemic. Given the increased risk of severe outcomes, we believe enabling nursing homes and other at-risk facilities with these tools is very important."
About Vitalhub Corp.
Vitalhub develops mission-critical technology solutions for health and human services providers in the mental health (child through adult), long-term care, community health service, home health, social service and acute care sectors. Vitalhub technologies include blockchain, mobile, patient flow, Web-based assessment and electronic health record solutions.
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