EMED Jamaica and COK Sodality Credit Union Partner. EMED to Provide Air Ambulance Service and Health Care Access Program

Dec 08 at 10:00pm | Uncategorized

EMED JAMAICA provides access to high quality air ambulance evacuation services and global health care with Jamaica's largest credit union, COK and its 900,000 members.

Kingston, Jamaica (PRWEB) December 3rd, 2013Emed Jamaica Air Ambulance Planes
EMED, Jamaica’s government approved air ambulance provider announced its partnership with COK Sodality Co-operative Credit Union, Jamaica’s largest credit union, today. The EMED/COK partnership will open a window of opportunity for Jamaicans who previously could not afford emergency ground and air ambulance services to access medical care overseas.
Duane Boise, President and CEO, outlined the company's group membership benefit plan during an EMED presentation in Kingston, Jamaica. COK members who contributed $500 monthly to EMED will be eligible for the programme. Under the new arrangement, individuals and employers can pay a similar amount to COK and become eligible programme members.
Boise, said the average Jamaican will be able to access the best facilities in the Caribbean, United States and Latin America, once they are part of the EMED plan.
"Traditionally, the emergency air ambulance has been only for executives, cabinet ministers and wealthy people," Boise said.
"For the average Jamaican, if you were sick and you needed special treatment to survive that Jamaica could not provide, most probably you would die, today EMED has provided a solution with its membership programme," he added.
To qualify for the EMED Programme, members have to be up-to-date with payments for up to six months. Once signed up, they are issued an access card with an emergency number which they can call in case of an emergency.
Patients who may require urgent medical attention overseas can contact EMED's personal care advisors through that number. The company's medical director then determines the patient's eligibility before advising their doctor on the next step for their patient.Once clearance is given, the EMED operations manager negotiates travel arrangements which include acquiring an emergency visa.
Boise said the company has enrolled many of the North Coast resort hotels for not only staff, but also tourists who may need urgent medical attention overseas.
Boise added that ground ambulance service are also included in the benefit programme.
EMED has several aircraft equipped with aero-medical supplies for emergency services. All are manned by locally qualified medical staff. “We are fully equipped and ready to take almost any case that requires emergency medical evacuation and further more we have a highly trained, professional medical staff ready to assist and deploy as needed.” Dr. Mohamed Basir EMED’s medical director said while touring EMED’s strategically positioned emergency station at the Port of Falmouth.
In the next weeks, a US flagged aircraft is expected to be permanently stationed at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston.
Boise, having been involved in emergency health care services for more than 25 years specializes in the development of emergency healthcare information technology programs. “We have been working very hard with many local officials on establishing protocols that save lives.” Said Mr. Boise. “We have the ability with fully equipped ambulances, highly trained medical staff which combining these two elements along with our mobile health record systems will prove to save more lives and give our group members a superior experience unlike anywhere in the Caribbean.”
Jason Pawloski EMED’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product development added “We have developed the technology so that in an emergency it allows our medical teams to retrieve a patient’s medical record on any mobile smart device and this brings a whole new level of benefit to access quality healthcare for our COK members.”
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Nov 28 at 7:38pm | Medical Technology Caribbean
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What exactly is happening with my healthcare records?

Apr 22 at 1:13pm | Uncategorized
The three terms you have probably heard in the world of healthcare are Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Personal Healthcare Records (PHR) and Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR). Most people use these interchangably, however these terms can be very different.

For example EMR is an electronic record of an episode of medical care, whether inpatient or outpatient. The EHR is like the EMR that are also appropriately shared with stakeholders outside the hospital, doctor‘s office or other EMR sources. Parts of the EMR are shared, as the EHR insurance companies, government agencies, patients themselves, and employers. An article in Medical Economics, quoting an Institute of Medicine report, defines parts of the EHR:

Health information and data. The system holds what‘s normally in a paper chart – problem lists, medication lists, test results.
Results management. An EHR lets you receive lab results, radiology reports, and even X-ray images electronically.
Order entry. No more prescription pads. All your orders are automated.
Decision support. An EHR is smart enough to warn you about drug interactions, help you make a diagnosis, and point you to evidence-based guidelines when you ponder treatment options.
Electronic communications and connectivity. You can talk in cyberspace with patients, your medical assistant, referring doctors, hospitals, and insurers—securely. And your system interfaces with everyone else‘s. Interoperability is the key word.
Patient support. Patients can receive educational material via the EHR and enter data themselves through online questionnaires and home monitoring devices.
Administrative processes. The system lends a hand with practice management. Patients can schedule their own appointments and staffers can check on insurance eligibility.
Reporting and population health management. How many patients did you treat for tuberculosis in 2003? How many of your diabetics have their HbA1c under 7? An EHR will spit out the answers, thanks to a searchable database.

A Personal Health Record is exactly that, personal. It is the part of the EMR/EHR that an individual person "owns” and controls.

The NAHIT report defines the following:

Electronic Medical Record (EMR): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within one health care organization.

Electronic Health Record (EHR): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization.

Personal Health Record (PHR): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be drawn from multiple sources while being managed, shared, and controlled by the individual.

Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO): A health information organization that brings together health care stakeholders within a defined geographic area and governs health information exchange among them for the purpose of improving health and care in that community.

EMR adoption by hospitals, which is a prerequisite for EHRs and PHRs is rated on a 0-7 scale, with 0 being no EMR and 7 being a full, totally paperless EMR. On this scale, in 2007, about 20% of hospitals were at Stage 0, 20% at Stage 1, 50% at Stage 2, and 10% at Stage 3. None were at Stage 7, but as of December 2009, 28 hospitals (less than 1%) had reached Stage 7 (HIMSS data).
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Heart Problem? Have an EKG through an APP!

Apr 22 at 12:55pm | Uncategorized
With all the technological advances in the world it was only a matter of time for the medical industry to jump on the "technological express". Once upon a time large instruments and computers were used to run things such as catscans, EKG's and more, but no more!
This new technology looks and feels like an iPhone with downloads and games! But for Dr. Prospero Gogo, a cardiologist at FAHC-UVM, his iPhone 4 has also become a powerful medical tool!

"This is all the instructions you really need. You turn it on and it shows you a little picture of your hands holding the EKG and then you hold it for literally five seconds and then suddenly your ECG shows up," Gogo said.

The electrocardiogram, ECG or EKG for short, measures the electrical activity of your heart through your fingers holding the smartphone. Approved by the United States' Food and Drug Administration for licensed medical professionals just three months ago, it involves a lightweight plastic phone case with two metal plates on the back, plus a free app called AliveECG. It downloads your results to your phone's memory and sends them straight to a HIPPA-approved secure website.

"I do use it practically, for example when I'm in the office and I have patients every 15 to 20 minutes. If I see someone who may have something abnormal about their heart rhythm-- but calling for a full ECG down the hallway, having the patient disrobe and put all the leads on, which can be a 5-10 minute process-- that's already a third of my visit. So, I just pull this out of my pocket, have them hold it for a few seconds and I can see what their heart rhythm is and that really saves me time," Gogo explained.
As those in the medical industry know, saving time means saving the patients money! This will be an invaluable tool in the medical industry for any mobile medical practice to the largest hospitals in the World!
It measures just one view, from one arm to the other. So, if there is a problem, Gogo then orders the full 12-lead test for a head to toe, front to back and side to side view of electrical activity. In emergency situations, he says the phone case can even diagnose some heart attacks.
"Again, this isn't the answer to everything," Gogo said. "It's one of the useful tools you can use when you look at the patient, feel their pulses, do the regular things for CPR, for exam and assessments."
Gogo says doctors can prescribe the iPhone cases for patients as well, although they're not yet covered by insurance. He says that would allow an instant EKG for your doctor whether you're home, office or across the world on vacation!

The phone cases fit the iPhone 4 and 4s only. Right now they cost around $200 and doctors expect approval for the larger iPhone 5 case in the spring. "This technology will revolutionize the healthcare industry", says Vice President of EMed Jamaica, Jason Pawloski. "this will help doctors more quickly diagnose their patients and in return there will be more lives saved! This is what EMed wants to bring to the healthcare Industry in not only Jamaica but all the Carribean". EMed will be introducing this technology to Jamaica this summer.
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Jamaica's Air Ambulance Service Provider - Jamaica's First Medical App

Apr 04 at 2:56am | Medical Apps
Jamaica's air ambulance provider "EMED" has launched Jamaica's first mobile medical app. "This dynamic EMED mobile health solution lets its members connect to the health information and local care they need, when they need it, by providing first-aid information, searchable health topics, a symptom navigator, a GPS-enabled local health-care search that includes doctors, hospitals, urgent care, retail clinics and pharmacies, and even information about exclusive EMED member discounts," Boise said.
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