New Waterford, Cape Breton company Health Outcomes Worldwide (HOW) has entered into a strategic partnership with New York-based SigmaCare, which specializes in Electronic Health Records (EHR) for long-term post-acute care providers, to integrate HOW’s how2trak Wound Care platform so that healthcare providers will be able to deliver best practice wound care.
HOW’s how2trak platform gives healthcare providers real-time, evidence-based direction on wound care management, allowing patients to heal more quickly while also reducing costs to the overall system.
“Our customers are looking for innovative ways to help manage wound care,” said SigmaCare CEO Steve Pacicco. “As leaders in evidence-based care and clinical intelligence, we looked for a partner that embodied those capabilities and experience. Without a doubt, HOW offers the most robust wound care management solution in the market. Wound care management solutions are essential to enabling clinicians to deliver holistic patient care, and by embedding this solution within SigmaCare’s EHR workflow, our customers will be able to provide a higher level of care. We are excited about this newest addition to our expansive partner network and giving customers an easy-to-use, evidence-based solution that enables them to achieve their goal of delivering high-quality care.”
Headquartered in New Waterford, HOW also has offices in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia, and raised $1.5 million in VC funding during 2015.
The SigmaCare partnership is significant in that SigmaCare is one of the United States’ leading electronic health care record platform providers, a field which is experiencing explosive growth as companies struggle to modernize the healthcare system in a way that drives effectiveness and good outcomes for patients while also maintaining a degree of security that doesn’t jeopardize patients’ sensitive personal healthcare information, and also meets strict government regulatory requirements.
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with SigmaCare to offer how2trak® Wound Care to their customers,” said HOW founder and CEO Corrine McIsaac. “SigmaCare is a leader in the long term post-acute care market, delivering a world class, end-to-end EHR platform. We truly believe that how2trak® Wound Care will make a real difference in how their customers are managing wounds.”
In February, Health Outcomes Worldwide was awarded a contract by the province of Nova Scotia to manage phase one of its Provincial Wound Care Program Redesign, to integrate and harmonize the current model for wound care management, focusing not only on patient care, but also on clinicians, long-term care facilities, home care workers, care givers, physicians and acute care providers.
MacIsaac developed a best practices tracking system for wound care intervention through her first-hand work as a Manager in Home Care with the Nova Scotia Department of Health, during which time she witnessed how the effective use of data could improve outcomes both for patients and for the health care system, the side effect of which also resulted in a $3 million saving to Nova Scotia’s provincial healthcare budget.
Shortly afterwards, she left to found Health Outcomes Worldwide, which now has a staff of 12, and in 2015 won a five-year contract to deploy how2trak in 10 long-term healthcare facilities, at the same time that it finalized a partnership with Think Research, integrating how2trak into existing electronic health records.