Moving the HME Industry Forward


EZ-ACCESS Adds Line of External Vehicle Lifts

September 21, 2015

ALGONA, WA – Medtrade exhibitor EZ-ACCESS® (Booth #1227) has acquired Arizona-based Worldwide Mobility, adding a line of external power vehicle lifts to its diverse offerings. Worldwide Mobility, headquartered in Mesa, Ariz, has been a manufacturer of American-made scooter and power wheelchair lifts for more than 25 years.

EZ-ACCESS will move the manufacturing of the popular line of lifts to its Algona, Wash, headquarters. The company anticipates adding additional employees and production space to meet increased demand.

The acquisition is also expected to mark the beginning of an expansion of EZ-ACCESS product lines as part of the company’s mission to meet the needs of the entire accessibility market. “Over the past 30 years, EZ-ACCESS has made every effort to offer our customers the highest quality and most complete line of residential, portable, threshold, and modular ramps,” said Don Everard, CEO, EZ-ACCESS, via press release.

“With the introduction of the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift in 2014 and now the addition of external power vehicle lifts, we remain committed to offering our customers a complete line of products for all access solutions. We are grateful for the years of loyalty dealers have shown us and believe that we can continue to build on our commitment as we expand our product offerings to help create opportunity for them.”

The external power vehicle lifts are designed to make the transportation of scooters and power chairs fast and efficient. The heavy-duty lifts feature simple installation and operation. They adjust to most vehicles and models of power chairs and scooters.

EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products Inc, also offers a complete line of American-made products, which provide all-around solutions for mobility and accessibility. Its residential products include the PATHWAY® Modular Access System, the PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift, SUITCASE® Portable Folding Ramps, TRANSITIONS® Threshold Ramps, Mats and Plates, and GATEWAY™ Portable Wheelchair Ramps.

ResMed Achieves Milestones in Healthcare Informatics
SAN DIEGO – ResMed (Booth #2011 at Medtrade) recently hit growth milestones in healthcare informatics, thanks to a new partner in customer integrations.

“Healthcare information technology can be a powerful differentiator for our customers that are increasingly being asked to do more with less,” said Raj Sodhi, president of ResMed’s Healthcare Informatics Global Business Unit. “ResMed’s healthcare informatics offerings help deliver the high-quality care and business efficiencies important for success in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment. The response to our team’s new product launches and enhancements has been overwhelming, and there’s much more in store.”

In early 2014, ResMed launched ResMed Data Exchange, a comprehensive suite of software and service solutions that integrates valuable data from ResMed patient management platforms with third-party electronic health and medical records, billing, and/or care management applications. ResMed Data Exchange has integrated with numerous leading applications.

Specifically, ResMed partnered with LabRetriever to connect ResMed’s patient compliance management software, U-Sleep, to LabRetriever’s leading sleep lab electronic medical records (EMR) platform.

LabRetriever provides customizable, referral-to-compliance software for sleep lab management. This new partnership means compliance data measured by U-Sleep will automatically flow into the LabRetriever EMR, streamlining processes and boosting efficiencies for sleep lab and HME partners. HMEs will also be able to board patients into U-Sleep and will be notified when patients achieve compliance – all from within the LabRetriever application.

“Technology has the potential to transform sleep medicine, but only if it can easily accommodate the workflows of those that rely upon it,” said Cheryl Harner, vice president, LabRetriever. “Inputting data into multiple systems consumes valuable time and increases the likelihood of a transcription error. The integrated approach we’ve taken with ResMed will reduce data entry, eliminate the task of adding patients into multiple systems, and enable sharing of patient therapy reporting across multiple platforms.”

DME Data Solutions, a developer of innovative solutions for CPAP providers; and Computers Unlimited (Booth # at Medtrade), developers of the TIMS HME Software suite; have become ResMed Data Exchange integration partners.

San Diego-based DME Data Solutions and Billings, Montana-based Computers Unlimited (Booth #2019) develop and market innovative products and services that help healthcare providers deliver the highest level of care to their patients with sleep-disordered breathing and other related conditions. Integrating to U-Sleep through ResMed Data Exchange means that DME Data Solutions’ and Computers Unlimited’s customers can more easily and securely share relevant patient information to drive positive health outcomes and workflow efficiencies.

“Our customers range from single-location HMEs to multi-physician practices, but they are united in their desire for solutions that can help them meet business and clinical goals with minimal upkeep and workflow disruption,” said Ken Ravazzolo, president of DME Data Solutions. “We conducted an extensive search process before settling on ResMed’s healthcare informatics offerings, which won us over for their straightforward implementation, comparative ease of use, and potential to deliver tangible business process improvements for our customers.”

David Schaer, President, Computers Unlimited comments: “In today’s hyper competitive and highly regulated business environment, provider organizations depend more than ever on strategic partners that can provide the right mix of software, services and support. Integrating with ResMed’s healthcare informatics platforms has allowed us to round out our software offerings to reduce duplicate data entry, maximize compliance, and streamline workflow, so our HME/DME customers can focus their attention on their patients.”