NEWARK, N.J.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Uniphy Health—a leader in mobile solutions for clinical communications and collaboration—today announced the rollout of its mobile app to physicians in and affiliated with the Catholic Health Services (CHS) to increase secure and immediate communications among hospital staff and physicians and to help with better physician referrals.
“Many of the challenges in health care today, such as referral leakage, involve a ‘failure to communicate’ securely, efficiently and reliably”
Drawing on the capabilities of the Uniphy Health platform, the CHS application—available on iOS and Android devices—features real-time on-call schedules and organizational news updates that assist employed and affiliated physicians and result in robust communication and collaboration.
“At a time when health care organizations are being asked to run more like efficient corporations, they need the same powerful groupware tools that businesses have depended on for decades,” said Dr. Stuart Hochron, chief medical officer and co-founder of Uniphy Health. “Not having those systems in place makes it harder to deliver high-quality care to consumers.”
Built on Uniphy Health’s secure, cloud-based platform, the CHS app offers a range of features to facilitate communication, collaboration and coordination, including:
- Searchable physician directory
- Patient consults
- Image sharing for remote diagnoses
- Message delivery and read receipt confirmation
- Organizational news and alerts
CHS Vice President for Clinical Transformation and Population Health Joel Shu, M.D., sought to enhance his organization’s communications and collaboration needs when he learned of Uniphy Health’s mobile solutions. “It was apparent that Uniphy Health addressed CHS’s and its clinically integrated physician network’s requirements,” said Dr. Shu. “The differentiator with Uniphy Health is that their platform is designed from the ground up for clinical communications. There are bigger players in health care IT, the EHRs, for example, but when they try to bolt something onto their existing systems, it’s not always successful.”
Adam Turinas, chief executive officer of Uniphy Health, notes Uniphy Health is increasingly part of communications-driven workflow solutions that are playing a larger role in the clinical organization.
“Many of the challenges in health care today, such as referral leakage, involve a ‘failure to communicate’ securely, efficiently and reliably,” said Turinas. “The Uniphy Health platform improves patient outcomes and organizational efficiency, creating a stronger network with higher-performing care teams and a happier, healthier patient population.”
CHS’s Dr. Shu notes that user adoption, facilitated by the Uniphy Health implementation team and CHS’s physician liaisons, is the ultimate success metric. “Physicians prefer tools that improve how they work and care for patients. We’re looking for this app to become part of their daily routine.”
About Uniphy Health
Uniphy Health provides clinical communication and collaboration solutions that are used in acute and post-acute care settings to help medical teams work more effectively and improve outcomes. Additionally, the company serves the patient community and caregivers at home and in nursing facilities, and helps healthcare systems address operational and financial challenges. To learn more about Uniphy Health or request a demo of the platform, please visit www.uniphyhealth.com. Follow the company on Twitter at @uniphy_health.
About Catholic Health Services
Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated health care delivery system with some of the region's finest health and human services agencies. CHS includes six hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities, a regional home nursing service, hospice and a multiservice, community-based agency for persons with special needs. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, CHS serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity. Learn more about CHS's commitment to quality and about the services offered by calling 1-855-CHS-4500 or visiting chsli.org.