Research Triangle Park, NC. April 19, 2004. Wilson County has made the decision to use digital data capture technology from Mi-Co to collect patient information that was traditionally captured using paper and pen. After conducting research by participating in a pilot program, Debra Harris, the Wilson County Home Health Director, was convinced that the Mi-Forms solution was the right fit for their needs.
When asked why she made the decision to go digital with the assistance of Mi-Co's Mi-Forms software Mrs. Harris replied "The solution has eliminated the need for our staff to perform any re-keying of data. We collect data on the Tablet PC, Mi-Forms software converts our handwriting, and then allows us to verify the data and send it to the pre-assigned destination such as HAVEN for the OASIS form. This has tremendously increased our efficiency and has allowed our staff to spend more time with each patient. We are also making great efforts to comply with regulations set forth under HIPPA with regard to keeping patient information confidential by eliminating paper records and converting all documents to Mi-Forms digital forms."
"We have been extremely pleased with the results thus far and are looking forward to a long relationship with Mi-Co and the Mi-Forms mobile data capture software solution. Selecting Mi-Co to support our mobile data capture efforts will save us a tremendous amount of time, effort and money over the next three years," said Debra when asked about moving ahead with Mi-Co.
"We are considering Wilson County and Debra Harris to be true pioneers in the digital writing space," said Lance Norris, Business Development Manager for Mi-Co. "Our efforts to bring true mobility to data capture can really be showcased with this application. We would like to see a real push in the Home Health and Hospice segment towards this more efficient and cost effective method of data capture. Now that we have a format in place for mobile collection of data on the OASIS form, we are certain that we will be able to provide a cost effective solution to both large and small organizations."
Although the focus had been on the OASIS form and integration with the HAVEN system, Mi-Co, along with the guidance of the Wilson nursing staff, created a Skilled Nursing Visit form based on a form that Wilson was using. The Skilled Nursing Visit form allows nurses to enter data such as progress notes, blood pressure readings and other vital information during each visit with the client. The data, once verified for accuracy, is exported to an Access database application for storage and retrieval into the Mi-Forms system for subsequent visits.
Mi-Co is rolling out a complete solution providing Mi-Forms for Tablet PC, Mi-Forms Server running on Windows 2000 server, Mi-Forms Form Design Software, Database support and Training for 60+ staff members of the Wilson County Home Health Agency.
About Wilson County Health Department
The Agency serves the Wilson County area as well as portions of Johnston, Pitt, Nash, Edgecombe, and Green Counties. The Wilson County Home Health Agency provides services to people who are confined to their home and need skilled care. Services offered by this program include skilled nursing, home health aide, and physical, speech, and occupational therapy. These services are provided upon physician referral. Patients may receive a quicker discharge from the hospital with these services because skilled care is provided for patients in their homes.
Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, provides enterprise software to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire process of capturing and using data. Mi-Co's end-to-end Mi-Forms Software System enables the capture, handwriting verification and communication of forms based and free-form pen-on-paper data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports data capture using the Tablet PC, the Logitech io Digital Pen, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co's vertical markets for the Mi-Forms Software include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, public safety, and governmental services, and Mi-Co has a growing number of customers in these segments. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information on Mi-Co, visitwww.mi-corporation.com.