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Innovative New Partnership in Chatham-Kent to Improve Care Management and Access to Health Services

                                                    

CHATHAM-KENT: March 9, 2015 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is proud to announce its partnership with MediaMed Technologies (MMT). CKHA is the first organization in Ontario to utilize MMT's software solution, Med-GPS (Global Performance Solution), and clinical consulting services. The partnership aims to address the specific needs of patients that are unable to secure timely access to comprehensive and complex care and, as a result, are frequent visitors to the Emergency Department and hospital inpatient units.

"Relationships with organizations like MediaMed Technologies are how innovation happens and system changes will be realized. We are taking their success in Quebec and rapidly adjusting it for use in Ontario," shared Colin Patey, President and CEO of CKHA. "In Chatham-Kent we are fortunate to have a willing group of providers that are keen to use the insight Med-GPS provides to change the way care is delivered to these patients today. Profound change is underway and we are thrilled to be leading this expansion into Ontario," added Patey.

CKHA and MMT fostered their collaboration as part of a pilot with the Chatham-Kent Health Link. The goal of the Health Link is to identify frequent users in real-time and create a collaborative response to better manage their care. Early results from the pilot, to which the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Ivey Business School, Western University, is the lead research partner, led to the expansion of the software solution and partnership to collaborate in clinical care, building on the success of MMT with similar patient populations in Quebec.

MMT has led similar population health management strategies in more than 30 Canadian organizations and is glad that CKHA is the first to adopt their proven methodology in Ontario. As Dr. Jean Mireault, co-founder of MediaMed Technologies mentions, "We are glad to be working with CKHA because they are highly innovative and we know that these tools will allow their project goals to be reached faster. Med-GPS will allow them to identify, track and analyze their patients at all times, giving CKHA an approach that is much more hands-on and results-focused for its population."

About the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA)

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) delivers quality care to residents of Chatham-Kent, South Lambton and Walpole Island through its 200 plus bed community hospital system that is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. CKHA's strong performance and connections with key providers across the community and beyond enables it to improve access to healthcare services. Innovative collaborations also help to ensure that it continually strives to improve the performance and quality of care to patients and communities.

About MediaMed Technologies (MMT)

Established over 14 years ago, MediaMed Technologies offers a unique blend of healthcare performance management technology and clinical consulting services. They focus on optimizing care models to increase the quality and accessibility of healthcare services nationwide. With advanced knowledge of clinical operations and analytics software, MMT provides healthcare managers, professionals, and executives with timely access to crucial, validated, accurate, and actionable data. This easily-interpretable yet detailed information enables healthcare institutions to make the timely changes and improvements that make a significant difference in the lives of their patients. - 30 -

For more information:

Zoja Holman Director, Communications & Organizational Development
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Telephone: 519-352-6401 ext. 6065
zholman [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

Rebecca Handfield
Marketing and Operations Coordinator
MediaMed Technologies
Telephone: 450-467-5001 ext. 220
rhandfield [at] mediamedtech [dot] com

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