Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn Implements Mobile Solution

Pocket Point of Care to roll out to 100 users in Phase 1, with plans for 200 more users in Phase II

NovaSync Corp., a developer of mobile software applications, has announced that Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn (VNAB) has begun deploying Pocket Point of Care, NovaSync's handheld application for the homecare industry. The program, which NovaSync developed in conjunction with VNAB, has been fully developed and is now in the pilot phase. Phase one of the rollout will involve 100 users; expansion to an additional 200 users is expected within 18 months. Pocket Point of Care system incorporates OASIS data elements, captures the patient's signature and is one of the first applications to offer biometric (fingerprint) security features in anticipation of evolving HIPAA standards. The program, which operates on both Palm and Windows CE handheld devices enables homecare organizations to capture vital clinical data and transmit it from the patient's home, seamlessly into the back office billing system. Pocket Point of Care will be made available to homecare organizations via NovaSync's extensive network of national and international resellers.

"We expect the system to yield numerous benefits in terms of care and cost," said Thomas Gilmartin, Vice President of VNAB. "Improving our ability to validate and submit claims within tight lock-down time constraints, reducing clerical errors and improving our cash flow are just a few of the benefits we anticipate. We've worked closely with NovaSync to ensure that Pocket Point of Care addresses a wide range of issues unique to the home healthcare industry."

"By incorporating all the operational efficiencies you would hope to find in a laptop-based homecare system into a handheld computer, NovaSync can radically reduce hardware costs, resulting in a much faster return on investment," said Joseph Harvey, CEO of NovaSync. "Technology has finally reached the point where the memory of a handheld device can handle the complexity of a feature rich program like Pocket Point of Care. The implications for cost savings and quality of care in the home healthcare industry are enormous."

The Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn (VNAB), which was founded 113 years ago, is the oldest certified home health agency in New York City and the fourth oldest in the United States. Its mission is to provide the most effective, innovative, and personalized community-based home health care to the people of Brooklyn, regardless of their ability to pay. VNAB is a not-for-profit agency certified by the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. VNAB's staff make over 300,000 visits each year to more than 15,000 Brooklyn residents, and provide an array of short and long-term quality home health care services

NovaSync is a mobile applications consultant specializing in the healthcare, food/beverage and field services industries. In addition to Pocket Point of Careä, NovaSync's healthcare applications include: Resident Tracker, developed in conjunction with Staten Island University Hospital for use in teaching facilities; and HomeCare Planner, a tablet-based application that can be synchronized with portable diagnostic devices to perform procedures including vital signs, EKG and Spirometry. NovaSync is located in Farmingdale, New York.

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