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New GPS Tracking Bracelet Revolutionizes Healthcare Industry – Those With Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia And Other Cognitive Disorders Can Now More Easily And Effectively Avoid Wandering, Drowning And Possibly Death

Posted on April 28, 2011 I Written By

The issue of wandering and resulting deaths is unnecessary.  Our new GPS tracking bracelet is revolutionizing the healthcare industry – Those with Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia And Other Cognitive Disorders can now more easily and effectively avoid wandering, drowning and possibly death.  The bracelet enables family members and caregivers to better monitor and protect loved ones and individuals with cognitive disorders — and at a very low cost.  Adiant’s is the only solution endorsed by Jenny McCarthy’s autism foundation Generation Rescue.

Yes, there are other tracking devices available, but Adiant’s solution is the only one with true real-time tracking up to the second and within a few feet of the bracelet (wearer).  It features real-time tracking, geo-fencing, a g-force sensor, a panic button, a speed sensor.  It is perfect for people living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism and any other cognitive disorder, as well as for law enforcement agencies needing to track sex offenders or other predators.

New tracking bracelet enables family members and caregivers to better monitor and protect loved ones and individuals with cognitive disorders — and at a much lower cost!

Scottsdale, AZ – April 28, 2011 – Adiant Solutions, a leading distributor of GPS safety and tracking solutions, today announced that its S-911 tracking bracelet is generally available and families and caregivers of those with cognitive disorders can now rest easier knowing that their loved ones are wearing the only tracking bracelet that offers true real-time tracking with accuracy up-to-the-second and within several feet 24/7/365.

In addition to having the only true real-time tracking function, the S-911 is the only bracelet on the market that features customer controlled geo-fencing, two-way communication with automatic answering after three rings, a G-force sensor alert to detect falls, a speed sensor, a panic button in case of emergency and a watch.  All of this is contained in the small wristwatch style bracelet.

“We have seen many different tracking solutions over the years,” says Candace McDonald, executive director of Jenny McCarthy’s autism foundation Generation Rescue.  “The Adiant S-911 bracelet is a comprehensive device.  This product is something families should strongly consider if they are a caregiver of a child with autism or a person with another cognitive disorder that has a tendency to wander or run.  In our community wandering is a tremendous issue and it’s valuable to know there is a product that can help families in need.”

In 2010, at least nine children with autism died in the U.S. after wandering, all of them by drowning.  Already in 2011, at least three children with autism have drowned in the U.S. after wandering.  On March 30, a child with autism in Victoria, Australia died after being struck by a train.  He wandered from home.  On April 3, a child with autism in Quebec, Canada went missing after wandering and has not been found.

“Adiant Solutions is founded on the premise of helping people,” says Adiant founder and CEO Jim Jeselun.  “And the S-911 bracelet does just that.  It helps families and caregivers not only help the ones they love and care for, but the device enables them to lead happier and more productive lives because they always know that their loved one or responsibility is safe – and if they do wander they will be immediately notified and retrieve them without incident – and typically before they make it half way down the block!  If we can help one person avoid an unnecessary fate, we will have succeeded, but I feel we will help many, many people with this solution.”

If a person wearing an S-911 bracelet leaves or enters a designated geo-fenced area, the caregiver receives a text, an e-mail and a phone call to their pre-designated handheld device (cell phone/smart phone) within three seconds alerting them to the fact that the bracelet has compromised a geo-fence.  The alert gives them the location of the bracelet and they can either go to that location immediately, use the two-way communication feature and speak with the wearer or get on their personal website to track them and call someone or the police who may be closer to the person.

Laipac Technology, the global leader in the development and manufacturing of a world-class GPS location and tracking products, manufactures the S-911 bracelet.  Adiant Solutions is the sole distributor for Laipac Technology’s solutions in the United States.

About Adiant Solutions Founded in 2010, Adiant Solutions has emerged as an industry leader in the sale and distribution of GPS devices that protect people in their homes and preserve their dignity, independence and resources.  The company touts a growing roster of blue chip clients.  For more information, please visit

Chicago Hospitals Embark On Long HIE Journey

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I live in Chicago, a highly competitive healthcare market with some world-class medical schools (Northwestern, University of Chicago, Loyola, Rush) and a pretty decent record of EMR adoption. At least four major institutions/health systems run similar Epic EMRs: University of Chicago Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center and, in the northern suburbs, NorthShore University HealthSystem (formerly Evanston-Northwestern Healthcare).

Three NorthShore hospitals–Evanston Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital and Highland Park Hospital–were among the first in the country to reach Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.(NorthShore’s Skokie Hospital since has reached Stage 7). Several others, notably Rush, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in northwest suburban Park Ridge, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center and  Swedish Covenant Hospital, have gotten to Stage 6.

But there’s been very little effort to interconnect these institutions and affiliated physician practices. Even during the RHIO heyday of 2004-07, I don’t recall much interoperability talk in the Chicago area. (In fact, one family physician, Dr. Stasia Kahn, in far west suburban St. Charles, got so frustrated that she formed her own group to promote EMR adoption and health information exchange, Northern Illinois Physicians for Connectivity. I had heard talk for a while of some south suburban hospitals joining in an HIE with counterparts across the state line in Northwest Indiana since Illinois was moving too slowly.)

All of that non-action at the state and regional levels happened under the not-so-watchful eye of one Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who apparently was more preoccupied with his own vanity and “giving healthcare to kids” (while also allegedly trying to blackmail the CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital into donating to his campaign fund and also slowing Medicaid payments to pay for his All Kids program) than in, you know, actually improving healthcare for everyone by promoting HIE.

In February 2009, shortly after Blagojevich was removed from office and a couple weeks before the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became law, new Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law allocating $3 million to the state’s Department of Healthcare and Family Services for HIE planning. That laid the groundwork for this week’s widely publicized announcement that the not-for-profit Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council had chosen technology from Microsoft, Computer Sciences Corp. and HealthUnity to build what could be the largest big-city HIE in the country, potentially serving 9.4 million people in nine Illinois counties and small parts of Indiana and Wisconsin.

I bring all of this up because I met yesterday with executives from the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, a 76-year-old coalition of healthcare organizations in and around the city. It just so happened that the 2011 Microsoft Connected Health Conference was in town this week, so it was the perfect time and location for Microsoft to drop the news. According to MCHC Vice President Mary Ann Kelly, more than 70 percent of the council’s 150-some members have made a commitment to participate, and they seem to have a plan to make the HIE effort sustainable.

The exchange will operate on a subscription model, with the vendors taking on some of the risk, Kelly said. “The subscription fee will be based on the benefit each member derives,” Kelly explained.

Initially, the exchange will involve 22 hospitals in nine organizations, said Teresa Jacobsen, the council’s HIE director. “We want to get one or two use cases running first,” she said. They will start by linking emergency departments to exchange clinical summaries and for syndromic surveillance, according to Jacobsen. Once that’s going, the HIE plans on adding medication and allergy lists, diagnostic testing results and Continuity of Care Document reports, as well as additional elements for public health, including immunization records.

It all sounds great, and it’s a good idea for them to start slowly, but I wonder when and if smaller physician practices will get involved. My own physician has had an EMR for a while, but not every doctor in the practice uses it. (The four-physician practice recently upgraded to the Meaningful Use Edition of Sage Intergy and has started the 90-day clock for qualifying for Stage 1 Medicare incentives this year, but there’s essentially zero interoperability with other healthcare entities, unless you consider faxing records to others straight from a computer interoperability. I sure don’t.)

My guess is that scenarios like this are playing out all over the country. I wish them luck, but I’m not counting on nationwide interoperability for many years. For one thing, the federally funded, state-chartered Illinois HIE Authority held its very first organizational meeting Wednesday afternoon. “That’s the biggest wild card we don’t know,” MCHC CFO Dan Yunker said.

It’s key to getting payers—particularly Illinois Medicaid—on board with HIE and linking metropolitan exchange networks across the state and beyond. “Our hospitals in Chicago are responsible for the snowbirds who are in Naples (Florida),” Yunker noted. They’re also responsible for patients who come from places like Rockford, Springfield, Champaign, Carbondale and the Quad Cities for certain specialized services only available in the big city.

Yeah, this interoperability thing isn’t so easy.

Survey: 61 Percent of Physicians to use iPhones

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MONTREAL–According to a recent survey of U.S. physicians, 61% intend to own an iPhone by the end of 2011. This is up from 39% at the beginning of the year and compares with the iPhone’s 24.7% adoption among general U.S. smartphone users.“HCPs have signalled a clear preference for their smartphones”

Aptilon Corporation, (TSX-V: APZ), a leader in online access to and interaction with HCPs on behalf of pharmaceutical sales and marketing programs, used its ReachNet Physician Access Channel to recruit HCP participation in a survey on mobile technology and convenience options for HCPs. ReachNet provides access to over 450,000 HCPs through multiple channels, including the Internet, email and through mobile and tablet devices. Between February 7 and February 16, 2011, 341 HCPs from throughout the U.S. participated in the survey.

The research found that by the end of 2011, 84% of U.S. physicians will be using a smartphone; corresponding with Manhattan Research’s forecast of 82% smartphone adoption during this same time period. Segmenting smartphone users by major platform, the Aptilon survey data revealed that 61% of healthcare professionals (HCPs) will be using an iPhone, 16% a regular cell phone, 9% Google’s Android platform and 9% RIM’s BlackBerry platform.

“HCPs have signalled a clear preference for their smartphones,” remarks Mark Benthin, Aptilon COO, “Professionals are taking advantage of the latest advancements to connect with information, tools and live resources when, where and how it suits them.”

Aptilon provides HCP access across multiple channels, including multiple different smartphone and tablet devices. As a result, the Aptilon Mobile platform enables access to and consumption of sales and marketing activities across various different mobile devices.

It is no surprise to anyone that iPhones continue to dominate the smartphone market.  Especially with the addition of Verizon as a wireless provider, more people than ever are carrying iPhones.  Doctors appear to be right there with everyone else in their love of Apple’s smartphone leader.  It is to be expected that they would go with iPhones as they tend to have the most apps, as well as the fact that the public tends to use them which should make it easier to interface with patients.