Norfolk, Va. and Newton, Mass. - June 25, 2002 - CuraSpan, Inc., a leading provider of connectivity and network management across the post-acute-care continuum, today announced that Sentara Healthcare has selected CuraSpan's eDischarge® platform as its discharge planning solution.
Sentara, which was voted the nation's top integrated healthcare delivery network by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2001, has begun implementing eDischarge across its entire network of hospitals and post-acute-care providers, which serve southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
eDischarge is the patent-pending, Internet-based discharge planning solution that connects hospitals, post-acute-care providers, payors, and transportation companies across one common platform, thereby eliminating redundant case management tasks, including phone calls and faxes. In addition, the platform supports compliance with published HIPAA guidelines and provides direct access to CuraSpan's CareView® network of on-line post-acute-care videos, Web sites, and brochures.
"Just weeks into our relationship with CuraSpan, eDischarge was fully implemented at Sentara Leigh Hospital," noted Rodney Hochman, MD, chief medical officer for Sentara Healthcare. "Working closely with the CuraSpan team, we have developed a plan that is both aggressive and achievable, with eDischarge scheduled to be implemented across all of our hospitals and Life Care post-acute-care facilities before the end of the summer."
"From the post-acute-care perspective, eDischarge provides a platform for immediate, effective, and secure communications with our hospitals," added Mary Blunt, president of Sentara Life Care. "We look forward to improving the experience of our patients who require care after their hospital stay by providing each with a seamless transition into the most appropriate post-acute-care placement."
"It has been a pleasure to work with Sentara on the rollout of eDischarge," said Tom Ferry, president and CEO of CuraSpan, "and we are excited to help the entire Sentara network take full advantage of its new capabilities to manage appropriate patient placement in only a few short months."
About Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare is the premier not-for-profit healthcare provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, operating six hospitals, two outpatient care campuses, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, and 25 primary care practices. Sentara also offers a full range of health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, air and ground medical transport services, and mobile diagnostic vans. Sentara was ranked the number one integrated healthcare network in the United States in 2001 by Modern Healthcare magazine. Sentara is the only healthcare system in the nation to be named in the top 10 of that ranking for five consecutive years.
CuraSpan, Inc. is an Application Service Provider (ASP) offering technology that promises to become the industry standard for connectivity and information exchange between hospitals, post-acute-care providers, payors, and transportation companies. The company's patent-pending flagship product, eDischarge, was designed by a team of clinical and technology experts to modernize and expedite patient assessment, care planning, and discharge in acute and post-acute-care settings. To meet the rapidly evolving information management needs of the healthcare community, CuraSpan continues to develop applications that capitalize on the immediacy that the Internet provides. CuraSpan is based in Newton, Massachusetts.