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AirStrip has announced a new deal to integrate its mobility platform with the Vanguard Health System, which comprises 28 acute care and specialty hospitals and complementary services in five states.
In a press release issued on Oct. 23, company officials said the AirStrip mHealth platform, including Patient Monitoring, Cardiology and OB solutions, would be implemented system-wide at sites in metropolitan Chicago, Boston, Detroit, San Antonio and Phoenix, as well as Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas and Worcester, Mass.
"AirStrip brings both innovation and value to the table by enhancing and mobilizing our existing monitoring systems and various EHR platforms," said Brad Perkins, MD, Vanguard's executive vice president of strategy and innovation and chief transformation officer, in the release. "In particular, the AirStrip platform will support Vanguard's efforts to streamline and optimize workflow, consistently advance best practices and ultimately achieve measurable outcomes improvement."
"Vanguard will leverage the comprehensive AirStrip platform with a goal of strengthening our ability to deliver state-of-the-art, clinically-coordinated, integrated and evidence-based care," added Mark Montoney, MD, Vanguard's executive vice president and chief medical officer. "We are confident AirStrip will be an effective partner as we enter a new era of healthcare that concentrates on outcomes and population health."
"Vanguard has been a long-term partner for perinatal safety in the San Antonio market," said Bruce Brandes, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of San Antonio-based AirStrip, in the release. "We are very pleased to significantly expand on that collaboration to leverage mobility as an enterprise-wide asset in support of Vanguard's strategic initiatives."
While helping the health system launch a mobile platform, the AirStrip deal is also designed to push health data from remote locations and devices into Vanguard's electronic health record. Earlier this year, AirStrip modified its platform to include EHR connectivity, working with San Diego-based Palomar Health to adapt the health system's Medical Information Anytime Anywhere (MMIA) technology.
Under an agreement with Palomar Health Technologies, a subsidiary of the district's foundation, AirStrip has integrated MMIA with its platform of applications, which will enable providers to access information from medical devices as well as electronic health record systems like the Veterans Administration's CPRS/VistA and Cerner Millennium. In addition, the platform will allow for voice, video and text messaging, support accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical home care coordination standards and integrate with Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) DIRECT.
"We're taking this to a higher level of information exchange," AirStrip CEO Alan Portela said in an interview this past June. "Mobility is becoming a mission-critical tool in healthcare."
"We are very excited about the prospect of sharing our mobile platform with colleagues across the healthcare industry," added Orlando Portale, Palomar's chief innovation officer and a co-inventor of the application, in a press release. "Mobility will be a key enabler for improving both care coordination and clinical outcomes - which in turn will drive higher levels of patient and physician satisfaction."
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