ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- alska, a groundbreaking web-based platform for caregivers and caregiving teams that goes beyond social connectivity to include the secure hosting and permission-based sharing of medical and clinical records, health directives and more, was launched this week.
More than 43 million caregivers in the U.S. struggle daily with physical caregiving tasks, constant information gathering and regular communication with the patient's loved ones. alska has developed a secure, cost-efficient caregiving platform that consolidates and streamlines caregiving duties.
"My goal was to build a secure portal for connected caregiving, one that houses critical medical records plus has features to allow the caregiver to easily connect with family, friends and providers," says alska founder Michelle Chaffee. "Immunization records, health history, prescriptions, emergency contacts, allergy information, discharge instructions and health directives are very important to have in one place, and the right information at the right time can be lifesaving for a chronically ill patient," says Chaffee.
Secondary caregivers and family and friends can get permission-based access to certain or all information in case they need to step in and help the patient. These invitees can log in to get patient updates or to connect with the caregiving team at any time, easing the communications load for the caregiver. Private information is secure, whether the site is at rest or when sending information over the Internet.
"I partnered with alska because of the robust, user-friendly design of the online personal health record, along with its engaging social networking tools," states Joseph E. Gaugler, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Gaugler is using alska in a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study of caregiving for Alzheimer's patients.
alska founder and CEO Michelle Chaffee is a caregiver, a licensed respiratory therapist and a patient advocate, and served as a medical investigator for the Minnesota Attorney General's Health Licensing Board. Chaffee created alska as part of her professional patient advocacy service after observing firsthand the need for a tool that fosters fast, easy access to all of the information necessary to make caregiving more consolidated, better organized and less stressful. Chaffee is also a cancer survivor.
A free 10-day trial on alska is available.
For more information, visit http://alska.com/
alska is a St. Paul, Minnesota software firm founded in 2016 by Michelle Chaffee to promote "connected caregiving." Individuals can subscribe to a secure, encrypted caregiving platform that allows for communication, interaction and the storage of vital private information. Friends, family members and providers can access certain or all information as directed by the subscriber.
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