Hospice Pharmacia, a division of excelleRx, Inc., the leading provider of hospice-related pharmaceutical care services, today announced that they had taken a major step in improving their existing processes and efficiencies by acquiring wireless handheld technology from Numoda Corporation.
"Hospice Pharmacia is embracing cutting-edge technology to enhance the quality of palliative care provided to patients and to provide this care in the most efficient and cost-effective manner," said excelleRx CEO, Dr. Calvin H. Knowlton.
"Numoda will allow us to further establish our leadership position in providing for the needs of our hospice clients, hospice patients and their family members, and further distinguish our pharmaceutical care approach," he added.
Hospice Pharmacia will outfit hospice nurses with handheld devices equipped with Numoda applications. The technology enables nurses to access patient medication profiles, request medication refills, perform pain medication calculations and access step-care protocols in a wireless, real-time, manner.
The handheld solutions also permit nurses to collect and transmit data on patients' pain levels and associated symptoms. These applications facilitate evidence-based decision-making at the point of care, patient pain management, and outcomes reporting.
Hospice Pharmacia will utilize the Numoda patent-pending wireless products to enhance relationships with partnering hospice providers by increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and measuring pharmacotherapy outcomes in real-time.
"Hospice Pharmacia's addition of wireless applications reduces the amount of time our nurses spend on pharmacy issues allowing them more time for patient care" said Susan Lloyd, Executive Director of Delaware Hospice.
Delaware Hospice, Wilmington, DE, is one of two programs along with Jefferson Hospice, Bryn Mawr, PA, involved in the initial phase of the program. Ethos Consulting, a Mt. Laurel, NJ-based group focusing on end-of-life care policies and issues, is facilitating the wireless launch.
"We have great respect for the service that Hospice Pharmacia delivers to hospice providers and their patients," said Mary Schaheen, President and CEO of Numoda Corporation. "We are proud to extend Dr. Knowlton's vision to bring cutting-edge technology to the healthcare community," she added.
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