Tech Update

• The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP; New York) has introduced Benchmarks II, a second-generation performance measurement system that combines PC software and CHAP clinical expertise. CHAP Benchmarks II provides OASIS and/or ORYX compliance, customized reporting, ongoing outcome measurement, and suggestions on improving outcomes from CHAP clinical experts. The system is derived in part from a CHAP study on consumer oriented outcome measures for home care, which was performed by CHAP and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

• Thornberry Ltd. (Manlius, NY) has been awarded a contract for home care application software by the Ocean County Board of Health in New Jersey. Thornberry’s N-DOC point-of-care nursing documentation system is a software program that allows caregivers to enter patient information into a laptop computer on site, reported the Herald American. The information is then downloaded into the agency’s main records system, improving accuracy and efficiency. N-DOC is among several healthcare software products developed and sold by Thornberry.

• TeleComputing (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has formed an agreement with TherAssist Software (Miami) making TeleComputing the exclusive application service provider to deploy and maintain TherAssist’s products. In August, the companies will launch a pilot project in which TeleComputing will host and manage the TherAssist products in Fort Lauderdale, FL. TherAssist President Todd Andros said the company’s customers, which include home health operations, need the latest computing resources available. Analysts estimate that $250 million is wasted each year on healthcare paperwork and filings, TeleComputing reported.

• ORCA Technologies (Bothell, WA) has released its CuraSys System software for the home healthcare industry. The software accommodates the requirements of the Outcome Assessment and Information Set and offers the latest technology for cost-effective patient care that stays in line with government regulations.

• Health Hero Network (Mountain View, CA) has signed agreements with six organizations, including three schools, to implement disease management programs. The programs will link healthcare providers to patients with the Health Buddy, an appliance that sits at the patient’s home. The organizations are researching early symptom management for coronary artery bypass graft surgery, congestive heart failure, diabetes, asthma, mental health, and senior well being.

• Simione Central Holdings (Atlanta) has completed the acquisition of CareCentric Solutions, according to the terms of the agreement first announced in early July.