Inspira Health Network Selects Futura Mobility & Practice Unite® to Provide an Integrated Suite of Mobile Apps for both Clinicians & Patients
Combined Expertise of Futura Mobility, Pursuit Healthcare Advisors & Practice Unite Creates Strategic Communications Technology Deployment to support Inspira Health Network’s Population Health Initiatives
Philadelphia, PA – March 16, 2015 -– Futura Mobility, a specialist IT and clinical services company, and Practice Unite, a leading mobile health solutions company, recently announced that Inspira Health Network has selected Practice Unite as its single, secure mobile communications platform provider for population health across its three acute care hospitals and 60+ rural health facilities across New Jersey.
In partnership with Futura Mobility and Pursuit Healthcare Advisors, a family of companies with deep expertise in mobility, analytics, and electronic health records (EHR), Practice Unite will deploy both a patient application and a clinician application on a single platform at Inspira Health Network and integrate the communications tool with the hospital’s existing clinical systems.
“Inspira Health Network selected Practice Unite to deploy two mobile apps that address the needs of two different user groups – our clinicians and our patients,” said Tom Pacek, chief information officer, Inspira Health Network. “The simple and easy to use apps are designed to improve communications across our physicians, nursing staff and our patients. What sets Practice Unite apart is that both solutions are delivered through a single platform.”
Using the single platform, Practice Unite’s mobile solutions will allow Inspira’s staff to address communication issues such as secure texting, patient-centric communications, voice communications and the delivery of critical data from the EHRs. It will also allow care coordinators and care team members to communicate securely with their patients.
Practice Unite delivers a unique approach to population health. We provide users with a single platform to create multiple, interconnected secure mobile applications for all the stakeholders in the continuum of care,” said Dr. Stuart Hochron, chief medical officer and co-founder, Practice Unite. “In addition, Practice Unite understands the challenges that today’s hospital facilities face in delivering best-in-class patient-centered care – especially across numerous care facilities. The patient application will provide new benefits that today’s patient population has been asking for and new ways to connect with them.”
Futura, Practice Unite and Pursuit will team up to solve several other issues for the rural hospital, which include the following:
High-Risk Patient Care: Inspira provides healthcare services to many elderly and high-risk patients. The interconnectivity between Practice Unite’s patient app and clinical app will help manage post-discharge care and long-term home care for this patient population, a critical step to the future of better overall healthcare.
EHR Integration: Inspira has invested heavily in EHR technologies, and by integrating with Inspira’s existing EHR system, Practice Unite is able to deliver critical clinical data to the right person at the right time so that clinicians can respond to changes in a patient’s condition more immediately.
Noise-Reduction Support: Inspira is working diligently to reduce the ambient noise level at its hospitals and facilities. As part of its “Quiet Hospital Initiative” and efforts to increase customer satisfaction, the hospital will utilize Practice Unite’s secure communications app for communications between its clinicians, making it easier for staff to reach each other and reducing the need for overhead paging.
Rural Support: With hundreds of clinicians, physicians and staff working at various locations – hospitals, medical centers, surgery centers and more – Inspira sought a customizable and unified communications platform to improve communication and care coordination among staff. Because the majority of Inspira’s physicians and staff work at various sites throughout the state, the hospital needed a single, secure communication tool that would help them quickly reach each other and expedite response times.
“Practice Unite and Futura are excited to be working with Inspira to help support not only efforts such as the Quiet Hospital Initiative, but also to help meet the hospital’s need for integrating a secure, customizable mobile communication platform that can quickly connect the hospital’s entire workforce and its patients, no matter where they are located,” said David Gulian, chief executive officer at Futura Mobility and chief strategy officer at Pursuit.
About Inspira Health Network
Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit healthcare organization formed in November 2012 by the merger of South Jersey Healthcare and Underwood-Memorial Hospital. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, now comprises three hospitals, four multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 60 locations. These include outpatient imaging and rehabilitation centers; urgent care; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than two dozen primary and specialty physician practices in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 5,500 employees, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment.
About Practice Unite®
Practice Unite is designed to be a healthcare organization’s platform for HIPAA-compliant mobile communication and collaboration applications. Solutions achieve high physician adoption, are easily tailored to a healthcare organization’s unique needs, and interface with the EHR and other clinical systems. Practice Unite backs solutions with unmatched customer support.
Practice Unite helps customers leverage Smartphone technology to improve their performance, reduce their costs and risk, and improve patient satisfaction. Practice Unite’s solutions include patient-centric in-patient, post-discharge, and long-term care clinical applications for care teams and patients, as well as operational applications that automate bed management, service recovery, and other processes.
Clinical care teams and support staff can easily find each other and communicate using secure text and photos, voice over Wi-Fi, and secure video teleconferencing. Patient-centric collaboration tools include rounding lists, care team texting, and shared patient notes that all synchronize with EHR and ADT systems. Patients can also communicate securely with select members of their care team.
Solutions are tailored to streamline existing clinical workflows, and include delivering critical labs, diagnostic imaging and pathology reports, and consults to clinicians’ mobile devices. This is implemented through HL7 interfaces with the organization’s EHR and other clinical systems.
About Futura Mobility & Pursuit Healthcare Advisors
Based in Philadelphia, Futura Mobility is a privately held IT services organization specializing in mobile technology solutions for the healthcare industry. Founded in 1992, the company has evolved from a technology reseller and service organization to a strategic partner by combining mobility and clinical expertise. Pursuit Healthcare Advisors, a partner of Futura and Practice Unite, brings EHR vendor expertise, project management methodology and the talent required to help meet project goals. Through collaborations with some of the most forward-thinking technology companies, we offer healthcare providers innovative, cohesive solutions to address health IT challenges. Futura Mobility has been recognized nationally, year after year, for its growth by the INC 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 listings. For more information, please visit www.futuramobility.com and Pursuit at www.pursuithealthcare.com.