QMS, Dialysis Education Services Launch Educational Collaboration

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., and BELLFLOWER, Calif.—Quantitative Medical Systems (QMS) and Dialysis Education Services (DES)  announced today their collaboration efforts to assist and cross train clinical and technical staff for both organizations.

QMS has been supplying a state-of-the-art nephrology-focused electronic medical record (EMR) for guiding clinical care of the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) population for over a decade along with current submission of CROWNWeb data. Individual dialysis providers, as well as a significant number of medium-sized provider chains use this system around the country.

Michael Morales, CHT, CCHT, CCHT-A, CNNT, CBNT, of DES, trains clinical personnel for patient care certification and staffing for dialysis providers, primarily in the southwestern part of the country. DES' services are not restriced to that region. DES, under his leadership, has worked with over 1,000 technicians to prepare for national certification.

"Mike has been very helpful specifically modifying his training curriculum to help QMS personnel better understand the needs and concerns of our large number of clinical clients and giving our staff increased meaning to their technical efforts," said John A. Sargent, PhD, president of QMS.

This past summer QMS and DES launched a project to cross train QMS technical staff in the clinical details of dialysis treatment—QMS oriented DES in the advantages and use of a sophisticated clinical EMR in this increasingly technology-driven field, which currently revolves around both the effective optimizing of dialysis therapy as well as mounting data reporting requirements (CROWNWeb).

The DES and QMS collaboration is expected to enhance the level of clinical training that DES can provide—particularly regarding the increasing use of technology in dialysis—as well as give QMS staff a deeper understanding of the critical impact of QMS’s EMR (QCS) in addressing the challenges of dialysis care.

"As an educator it has been exciting to work with experts in dialysis data management learning how to better incorporate technology into the educational pathway of dialysis caregivers," Morales said." I was honored that a man so instrumental in the evolvement of the hemodialysis procedure and resulting technologies recognized value in our interdisciplinary approach to education."

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