Surrey, British Columbia: January 1st, 2011: Strata Health today announced that Fraser Health has expanded its agreement for the use of Strata PathWays™. The extended Agreement includes the expansion of the Strata PathWays™ solution to the Assisted Living environment over the next few months.

“In the past four years, we’ve worked with Strata Health to realize the benefits of the Strata PathWays™ solution in improving clinician workflow, optimizing the patient journey and reducing wait times. We’ve partnered to push the boundaries of innovation with the development of the Strata IQ™ Patient Flow Dashboard, which has served to improve our daily decision-making regarding patient placements and strategic decisions. They are not like other vendors. They seek to understand our challenges, help us to create a vision and have partnered with us for the long-term. They are invested in the outcomes. We look forward to continuing the journey with Strata Health,” commented Keith McBain, Director of Business Development and Contracts at Fraser Health.

Fraser Health first implemented the Strata PathWays™ solution in February 2007 to facilitate the matching of patients from community and acute care settings to the most appropriate residential care settings. Plans are underway to further expand the use of the solution to Assisted Living environments by March 2011.

Strata Health is currently deployed across Canada and in the UK, sustaining 100% customer retention since its establishment. “We feel privileged and honored to work with customers such as Fraser Health. Their challenges and vision drive our firm’s innovativeness, ultimately improving the experience of patients within the health care system,” commented Don Schick, CEO of Strata Health.

Strata PathWays™ is available to improve patient flow across the care continuum, from GP practices, to acute care to residential care, assisted living, mental health and addiction services, palliative care/hospice, home care, surgical specialists and many other care destinations.

About Fraser Health:

Fraser Health (FH) provides a wide range of integrated health services – ranging from hospital care, to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health – to the largest and fastest growing population in BC. Its facilities include hospitals, clinics, community health care centres, residential care and assisted living homes. The health authority is committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life of more than 1.6 million people living in BC communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.

In the residential care sector, Fraser Health funds approximately 6,000 residential care beds to provide care for seniors with complex care needs. In addition, it owns and operates a further approximately 1, 700 residential care beds. The challenges of managing this sector require accurate and detailed information about the patient (resident) flow across the health authority in order to make key resource allocation decisions supported by real time information. Given the scope and breadth of the sector, leaders in FH require performance and monitoring information to be available in a dynamic, easy-to-access presentation that points out ‘hotspots’ combined with an ability to leverage historical data to enhance our ability to adjust business processes to meet client and system needs.

About Strata Health

Strata Health leverages technology to achieve dramatic patient flow improvement within health systems. Our clients say they’ve entrusted us with the job of creating patient flow solutions that achieve real and dramatic benefits for patients, their families and the world’s devoted front line caregivers. Operational in Canada and the UK, Strata Health is a privately-held Canadian corporation. It is comprised of professionals with empathy for those who need care and intense respect for those who devote themselves to caring for others.

Strata PathWays™ is an online, real-time waitlist optimization system practically improving the patient experience and system access. Connected to care providers in the community, it provides front line clinicians with real-time tools to flow appropriate discharging patients to available bed and program openings. The e-Referral system radically reduces the time that patients occupy acute care beds after they have been assessed for discharge into alternative community programs – now including Mental Health & Addictions, Rehabilitation/Sub-Acute, Home Care, Continuing Care Centers, Assisted Living, Palliative, Physiotherapy, Community Support and Adult Day Programs.

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