Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC (SHP) and Medline Develop Breakthrough for Management of Problematic High-Cost Home Healthcare Conditions

September 29, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Wound management is a common and daunting challenge for patients and providers alike. Wounds and pressure ulcers are difficult, costly to treat and often lead to serious complications. SHP and Medline have together created Smart Supply, a revolutionary solution for home healthcare and hospice providers that enables them to anticipate, prevent and more effectively treat these and other high-cost, problematic challenges like diabetes and urological infections. This state-of-the-art automated program recognizes specific diagnosis codes in patient records and then suggests best-practices supplies and interventions to achieve improved patient outcomes – all in real-time.

For healthcare providers facing compliance with the new 2010 CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) OASIS-C practice expectations, Smart Supply is a just-in-time breakthrough. OASIS-C demands that providers demonstrate knowledge and best practice procedures for prevention and healing, including identification, communication, intervention and risk mitigation. SHP and Medline help clinicians in the field meet those new requirements and establishes best practice measures related to specific areas like wound prevention and healing.

“It’s clear that proper management of wounds and other difficult conditions continues to be both a clinical and financial challenge to healthcare providers,” notes Barbara Rosenblum, Founder and CEO of SHP. “Evidence-based best practices programs such as this are the solution to improving the situation. The patient, provider and payer all benefit in this scenario. This is disease management at its best.”

SHPSolutions(TM) Smart Supply turns data that has been hidden in difficult to access, stovepiped practice and supplier databases into linked, powerful information that healthcare providers can immediately use; giving them the knowledge they need to improve patient outcomes and manage supply costs specific to key diagnoses.

With this solution, Medline transmits its patient-specific medical supply order data to the SHP database. SHP marries that data with patient clinical and financial information and sends email alerts about issues requiring immediate attention. If the supply orders do not match best practice recommendations, action can be taken. Smart Supply drill-down reports also identify the specific clinicians delivering care and patients at particular risk; allowing for targeted education and increased accountability.

“Working together, Medline and SHP have created the next generation of disease management through reporting,” says Mike Lee, President of Medline’s Homecare Division. “We have developed a program that not only shows home health agencies where their problems exist, but how to fix them with the right products and treatment.”

About Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)

Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) provides essential real-time data intelligence solutions that improve outcomes, financial performance and patient satisfaction – all from a single dashboard. SHPSolutions(TM) seamlessly interface with the industry’s software vendors. SHP has served more than 5,000 clients since 1996 in Home Health, Hospice, Home Infusion, HME, Long Term Care and other sectors. www.SHPdata.com.

About Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline, the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, IL, Medline has more than 900 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

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