Magazine article Corrections Forum

Strong Track Record

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Strong Track Record

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Keeping medical records up to date within a correctional facility poses a unique challenge. Not only do patients and medications require careful monitoring, but as an inmate's status changes, records must follow him through the system. "As treatments become more complex, it's become increasingly difficult to accomplish all required tasks solely through the use of a paper record," says Eric Cadwell, GM, QuickMed.

President Bush has stated that he wants to see the entire country using electronic medical records within the next 10 years. His reasoning is sound. Doing it the old way, medical staff can find themselves buried under a proliferation of paper, with all the headaches that a paper-based system creates, like searching for charts and unnecessary duplication of information. Corrections Forum spoke with medical software companies offering applications for corrections in order to learn what EMR solutions are currently available.

Hiv to Hemophilia

Ground Zero Software was founded in 1993 as the first disease-specific software for HIV, according to John Hollis, marketing. The purpose was to provide low-cost software that enabled HIV patients to track, analyze and graph their personal medications and lab results on a home PC, believing that if a patient could better understand his disease, he would better comply with his medications. Soon after the first copy of LabTracker shipped in 1994, healthcare providers asked for a professional version for use in their practices. "The result has been a coordinated effort over the last ten years to develop a superior breed of EMR," Hollis observes. LabTracker has made substantial inroads in the corrections market, with installations at New York and California correctional facilities. "Correctional healthcare providers should know that there's no need for expensive hardware, widespread networks or mainframe systems. One reason we've been so successful is that LabTracker is easy to install, easy to use, and runs on low cost PCs," Hollis says. Able to be used for all chronic and infectious diseases, LabTracker now extends to include hepatitis and hemophilia, while the company is working on versions for diabetes, cancers and tuberculosis. "LabTracker is a full-purpose EMR that serves as a stable, scalable platform for integrating medical data from multiple sources, such as pharmacies, laboratories, clinics and record archives," Hollis sums up.

Contact: Dan Davis, 800-823-5563, www.labtracker.com

Medication and Administration

Founded by the originators of Cadwell Laboratories, QuickMed, Inc. was created in response to customers requesting an EMR and Practice Management System as user-friendly as the lab's existing patient database and report generator program. "Beginning first as a software for private practice, QuickMed soon expanded and modified its software to meet the needs of the correctional market. These changes included the advent of MedPass, which documents and tracks the administration of medication at a correctional facility," notes Eric Cadwell, GM. "MedPass ties directly to QuickMed, making a seamless transition from EMR to MAR [Medical Administration Record]." One significant benefit is rapid documentation of inmate encounters using point-and-click and graphical interface. "No typing is required. Our unique method of documentation, Documentation by Disease, allows most visits to be fully documented and orders sent out in under two minutes," he adds. MedPass lets a facility barcode inmates and medications for faster delivery and cross-checks for accuracy. Better archival and records management can also reduce litigation. In addition to charting each inmate encounter, QuickMed includes automated prescription writing and transmission, drug-drug interaction and drug-allergy interaction, a custom report generator, intrafacility messaging, and customizable health maintenance plans. Cadwell states that the product is affordable to large statewide systems as well as small county jails. …

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