The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan (HFM) has received a $20,000 grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation to nationally distribute the computer device AdvoyMobile. The hand-held device allows bleeding disorder patients to log all bleeding episodes and subsequent infusions, thereby eliminating the need to keep paper records. Advoy, provided by Baxter Bioscience, is a confidential internet service that helps patients and healthcare professionals track, share and access important treatment information.
AdvoyMobile, which connects to the AdvoyCare electronic bleeding and infusion data system through a computer or telephone line, provides individual users easy access to their own patient records and graphs reflecting trends in treatment. “Advoy is a comprehensive solution to therapy management and encourages timely and proactive treatment decisions to facilitate optimal care for patients,” said John Shannon, vice president of marketing for Baxter BioScience.
Advoy is integrated with Lab Tracker, the national database software utilized by the federally-funded hemophilia treatment center (HTC) network. Patient healthcare information is stored in a secure location and managed by a committee comprised of regional coordinators and representatives from HTCs. This National Data Oversight Committee (N-DOC) makes decisions regarding data access and utilization. Tami Wood-Lively, JD, MHA, is CDC regional coordinator and administrative coordinator for N-DOC. “We have seen the benefits Advoy has provided to patients and HTC providers in individual clinical decision making. With substantial increases in demand and use, we are also beginning to appreciate its value as an integral tool for comprehensive national data collection and research infrastructure,” said Wood-Lively.
HFM has stated that Advoy and Baxter employees do not have access to patient healthcare information. AdvoyMobile devices are freely available to any individuals who are patients of an Advoy-registered HTC. For more information, contact Ann LeWalk, MA, LLPC, AdvoyMobile distribution coordinator at 734-544-0015 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the HFM Web site at www.hfmich.org.
Source: Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan press release dated March 8, 2006