Tech Update

• medEra Life Science Corp., a Canadian company, has launched, an Internet portal for the home healthcare market. Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) has developed, project managed, and delivered medEra’s portal that offers a one-stop destination for people searching for authoritative and user-friendly information on medical matters. As the technology partner, Ericsson is delivering technical design and management, overall site architecture, advertising module development, e-commerce, video streaming, and content engines. The site will offer a variety of home care items for sale. It is scheduled to go live Aug. 31.

• Sims Communications (Irvine, CA) hopes to spin off one of its divisions in a public stock offering to raise as much as $100 million. Sims’ subsidiary will offer an undisclosed number of shares in an initial public offering, reported the Los Angeles Times. Sims refused to tell the Times how many shares would be offered or whether it has retained an underwriter.

A physician working group in the American Academy of Home Care Physicians, under the guidance of Dr. Peter Boling and with support from Beacon Health (Mequon, WI), has developed Condition-Alert Communi cation Templates, a series of 20 home health communication forms used to facilitate more efficient, accurate, and complete transfer of information between the nurse and physician, while reducing miscommunications by 50% or more. The templates guide the home care nurse to collect and communicate to physicians all necessary information about any changes in a patient’s condition.

• Fastrack Healthcare Systems (Plainview, NY) has been chosen by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as an ADP Approved Interface partner. Under the terms of the agreement, users of Fastrack’s Acclaim for Windows System, a scheduling and billing program for home health agencies and hospices, can now electronically transfer employee information and payroll timecards directly to ADP’s payroll service for processing.