Integrated, web-based tool enhances MDS data integrity, improves quality outcomes, and reduces risk for Canadian long-term care providers
Mississauga, Ontario - April 2, 2012 - PointClickCare, the most widely used electronic health record (EHR) platform for the long-term care industry, today announced the launch of a new web-based tool fully integrated in its EHR platform, PointClickCare MDS Analytics powered by PointRight.
Developed in partnership with PointRight, the healthcare leader in predictive analytics and decision support, PointClickCare MDS Analytics ensures accurate MDS coding and completion by assessing the clinical and logical consistency of individual resident assessments in real time. “By embedding PointRight’s proven predictive analytics solution into our EHR platform, our Canadian customers can eliminate manual paper-based audit tools and use PointClickCare MDS Analytics’ built-in verification reports to efficiently and proactively analyze and investigate MDS coding,” says Dave Wessinger, Chief Technology Officer at PointClickCare. "With instant feedback 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, clinicians can address discrepancies prior to submitting to CIHI, rather than waiting weeks or months, for a more accurate case mix index."
PointClickCare MDS Analytics screens data in a manner similar to surveyors and MOHLTC Compliance Auditors to uncover opportunities to proactively improve care plans and address risk management implications before they result in a care issue. Built-in recurrent triggers help identify any underlying cause to coding inconsistencies, such as a need for staff education, review of documentation, or re-implementation of policies and procedures. Marion Godoy, Nurse Consultant at Responsive Health Management Inc. comments, "corporately, we are now able to identify trends of coding errors and implement training and orientation for our staff accordingly. Over the last 3 months of using MDS Analytics, we quickly saw some improvements in some of the Quality Indicators we have struggled with in the past."
As regulatory changes imposed on Canadian long-term care facilities become more frequent and increasingly complex, PointClickCare MDS Analytics provides additional compliance support with built-in references to the current Resident Assessment Instrument User’s Manual MDS v2.0 allowing clinicians to review coding guidelines and address discrepancies before errors or citations occur. The incorporated feedback recommendations ensure documentation accuracy and regulatory compliance. In addition, the tool’s checks for logical and clinical consistencies outside of basic coding requirements that may conflict with a facility’s policies and procedures will prompt an internal investigation. "I can already see how the tool will be very helpful in improving our clinical, regulatory and operational performance in the future," says Godoy.
PointClickCare MDS Analytics also supports the sharing of information across disciplines. The tool enables cross-references between sections of the MDS assessment, which encourages collaborative interaction when engaging in care plan decisions. "There’s a lot more staff collaboration in the nurses’ station. The nurses aren’t feeling so isolated in completing their assessments and are frequently sharing their reports," comments Windermere Care Centre’s Director of Care, Joanna Martin, RN.
PointClickCare will be providing live demonstrations of this new solution during the Ontario Long Term Care Association Convention this week at Booth #811 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In addition, you can register for a live web seminar scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th at 2 PM ET, which will demonstrate the solution’s ease of use and discuss real-world benefits facilities are already experiencing with PointClickCare MDS Analytics. To register for the webinar, please visit: http://bit.ly/GBPwhZ.
To learn more about PointClickCare MDS Analytics, visit: MDS Analytics
PointClickCare removes the complexity of Electronic Health Record (EHR), providing our customers with a proven formula for success that includes the flexibility, ease-of-use, and industry-leading technology your business can rely on. As the most widely-used EHR platform that successful long-term care facilities use to efficiently manage and automate their complex operations, why would you trust your business to anyone else? For more information on PointClickCare, please visit www.pointclickcare.com.
PointRight is the industry leader in providing data-driven analytics and Web-based tools that measure risk, quality of care, compliance and reimbursement accuracy of the healthcare and insurance industries. Using some of the largest and best databases in the industry, our nationally recognized clinical staff, researchers and technologists expertly translate disparate data into usable information and insight. For more information, visit www.pointright.com.
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