DCSS Develops Handheld Technology Solution for Medical Education

Baylor College of Medicine Anchors the Efforts to Improve Physician Assistant

Programs



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc.

    HOUSTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Consulting & Software Services,
 Inc. (DCSS), a national consulting firm specializing in Internet and
 client-server solutions, has developed the Clinical Experience Logging System
 (CELS), the first personal digital assistant (PDA) software designed to
 streamline data management for physician assistant programs.
     The CELS program allows students to enter data as their clinical
 experiences happen, managing the data quickly with their PDAs.  While visiting
 assigned patients, the student enters the problem, diagnosis and treatment
 into the PDA through the CELS software.  After the clinical visits end for the
 day, students place the PDA in the sync cradle that connects to their PC.
 With a click of a button, students can sync their PDAs with their university's
 database via the Internet.  The entire process takes less than five minutes --
 and all paperwork is eliminated.
     "Traditionally, this recording process has involved volumes of paperwork
 and data entry.  Our goal was to automate a process that was being done by
 hand," explains Tim Gregorek, account manager with DCSS.  "We wanted to design
 a solution that would facilitate the way physician assistant students collect
 their data.  This will improve data sharing among students, their educators,
 the university and the accreditation review counsel and will help everyone
 access the data quickly."
     CELS is currently being used by the Baylor College of Medicine Physician
 Assistant Program.  As of August 2000, a class of 35 students in this program
 has been the first to use the software.  CELS conveniently tracks clinical
 experiences in a consistent and standardized manner.  As a result of the
 program's success, Baylor has permanently adopted CELS as part of its
 curriculum.
     With CELS, students access their educational history via the Internet and
 have a record after they finish the program.  Most important, this program
 ensures that each student receives equivalent educational experience with each
 physician as required by department guidelines.  This solution helps protect
 program administrators from potential legal issues by providing documentation
 for the credential process.  Potential employers often contact the department
 to confirm the students' experience upon graduation.  Before the CELS program,
 no records were available for the credential process.
     "CELS has greatly simplified the administrative burden of tracking
 clinical year experiences," said Virginia Schneider, the director of the
 Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.  "It has given me a
 more accurate picture for program evaluation and curriculum changes.  The
 students love it because they walk away with actual encounter information they
 can use to secure a job in the marketplace."
 
     About Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
     The Master of Science Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of
 Medicine is an accredited program of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied
 Health Education Programs.  The 30-month program is designed to produce
 academically and clinically qualified physician assistants prepared to provide
 health care services under the direction and supervision of a physician.  The
 curriculum consists of a 13-month didactic phase and a 17-month clinical
 phase.
 
     About Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc.
     DCSS is a national full-service IT consulting firm and technology
 strategist, specializing in Internet and client-server solutions for Fortune
 500 companies.  DCSS creates innovative digital solutions for e-business
 initiatives.  Rated one of the top woman-owned businesses by Working Woman
 magazine in 1999 and 2000, and one of the fastest growing companies in America
 by Inc. magazine in 1996, the firm is based in Houston, Texas, with offices in
 Atlanta, St. Louis and New Orleans.  For more information, visit the Web site
 at http://www.dcss.com.
 
      For more information, contact:
      Courtney Carter
      Pierpont Communications
      (713) 627-2223, ext. 133
      ccarter@piercom.com
 
      Elisa Smith
      Digital Consulting & Software Services
      (281) 243-2412
      ebsmith@dcss.com
 
 

SOURCE Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc.
    HOUSTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Consulting & Software Services,
 Inc. (DCSS), a national consulting firm specializing in Internet and
 client-server solutions, has developed the Clinical Experience Logging System
 (CELS), the first personal digital assistant (PDA) software designed to
 streamline data management for physician assistant programs.
     The CELS program allows students to enter data as their clinical
 experiences happen, managing the data quickly with their PDAs.  While visiting
 assigned patients, the student enters the problem, diagnosis and treatment
 into the PDA through the CELS software.  After the clinical visits end for the
 day, students place the PDA in the sync cradle that connects to their PC.
 With a click of a button, students can sync their PDAs with their university's
 database via the Internet.  The entire process takes less than five minutes --
 and all paperwork is eliminated.
     "Traditionally, this recording process has involved volumes of paperwork
 and data entry.  Our goal was to automate a process that was being done by
 hand," explains Tim Gregorek, account manager with DCSS.  "We wanted to design
 a solution that would facilitate the way physician assistant students collect
 their data.  This will improve data sharing among students, their educators,
 the university and the accreditation review counsel and will help everyone
 access the data quickly."
     CELS is currently being used by the Baylor College of Medicine Physician
 Assistant Program.  As of August 2000, a class of 35 students in this program
 has been the first to use the software.  CELS conveniently tracks clinical
 experiences in a consistent and standardized manner.  As a result of the
 program's success, Baylor has permanently adopted CELS as part of its
 curriculum.
     With CELS, students access their educational history via the Internet and
 have a record after they finish the program.  Most important, this program
 ensures that each student receives equivalent educational experience with each
 physician as required by department guidelines.  This solution helps protect
 program administrators from potential legal issues by providing documentation
 for the credential process.  Potential employers often contact the department
 to confirm the students' experience upon graduation.  Before the CELS program,
 no records were available for the credential process.
     "CELS has greatly simplified the administrative burden of tracking
 clinical year experiences," said Virginia Schneider, the director of the
 Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.  "It has given me a
 more accurate picture for program evaluation and curriculum changes.  The
 students love it because they walk away with actual encounter information they
 can use to secure a job in the marketplace."
 
     About Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
     The Master of Science Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of
 Medicine is an accredited program of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied
 Health Education Programs.  The 30-month program is designed to produce
 academically and clinically qualified physician assistants prepared to provide
 health care services under the direction and supervision of a physician.  The
 curriculum consists of a 13-month didactic phase and a 17-month clinical
 phase.
 
     About Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc.
     DCSS is a national full-service IT consulting firm and technology
 strategist, specializing in Internet and client-server solutions for Fortune
 500 companies.  DCSS creates innovative digital solutions for e-business
 initiatives.  Rated one of the top woman-owned businesses by Working Woman
 magazine in 1999 and 2000, and one of the fastest growing companies in America
 by Inc. magazine in 1996, the firm is based in Houston, Texas, with offices in
 Atlanta, St. Louis and New Orleans.  For more information, visit the Web site
 at http://www.dcss.com.
 
      For more information, contact:
      Courtney Carter
      Pierpont Communications
      (713) 627-2223, ext. 133
      ccarter@piercom.com
 
      Elisa Smith
      Digital Consulting & Software Services
      (281) 243-2412
      ebsmith@dcss.com
 
 SOURCE  Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc.