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Program brings mHealth, medical reference apps to Gulf Coast

By Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers in rural Louisiana have had to rely on reference books and spotty internet access for years in order to try to supplement their medical knowledge with the latest research or specialized treatment plans for complex cases.  But now, through a partnership of Physicians Interactive and Health eVillages, healthcare provider Teche Action Board will be able to give its clinicians the resources they need to do their jobs better by providing them with tablets, smartphones, and iPods that contain immediately accessible, tailored reference guides.

Health eVillages has successfully deployed their mHealth program in several countries around the world, including Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, and China, providing clinical decision support (CDS) and reference materials to small clinics serving needy populations with few healthcare options and rare access to specialists.  Using Physicians Interactive’s Skyscape apps, clinicians can access a comprehensive pharmaceutical guide, clinical information covering more than 850 topics, and medical calculators and alerts to help them expand their knowledge and provide better care.

Teche Action clinics serve the residents of rural southwestern Louisiana, many of whom have been significantly affected by the 2010 BP oil spill.  The program will begin at Teche’s main healthcare center in Franklin, LA and potentially expand to serve a further 18,000 residents who take advantage of the chain’s primary and preventative care services, which include mental health, pediatrics, obstetrics, and chronic disease education programs.

“The Teche community healthcare professionals are excited about the opportunity to be able to access the latest medical information through the Skyscape platform on these mobile devices being provided by Health eVillages,” said Dr. Gary Wiltz, the CEO of the Teche Action Board, Inc. “With these mobile technology resources now literally at our fingertips, the staff in our clinics will benefit from access to the latest medical developments, training materials and drug alerts and help improve the health and well-being of our patients and our community.”

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