SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

September 22, 2010 06:30 ET

Lancaster Health Group Selects Socket Mobile Antimicrobial Handheld Computers for Point-of-Care Documentation

Electronic Medical Record Implementation Enables Nursing Staff to Instantly Access Critical Patient Data Anywhere

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2010) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced that Lancaster Health Group, a provider of residential rehabilitation, nursing, and long-term care services in the Chicago metropolitan area, has selected the Socket SoMo® 650Rx handheld computer for use in documenting patient assessments, medications administered, activities of daily living and other data associated with individual Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

With six nursing and rehabilitation facilities and over 1,000 beds, Lancaster Health Group regularly creates and manages a high volume of nursing documentation, which like in many long-term care facilities, has traditionally been done with pen and paper.

"One of the challenges in the long-term care industry is that we're constantly faced with more and more documentation and more and more regulations," said Kimberly Clawson, marketing director of Lancaster Health Group. "We realized that we could drown in paper, or we could move to an electronic system."

Lancaster Health Group has deployed 120 units of the SoMo 650Rx at four of its locations, and expects to have a total of 150-200 devices in use once implementation of the EMR solution has been completed at all sites.

"The SoMo helps us do our work in a more efficient manner. It helps us with our overall productivity and with better utilization of our staff time," said Clawson. "We can document things more quickly and in real time, allowing us to spend more time with patients rather than doing paperwork, and because the SoMo is small enough for our staff to carry while caring for our residents, it makes documenting these services much easier."

"We're pleased that Lancaster Health Group has chosen our antimicrobial medical PDA for use in their organization," said Dave Bledsoe, Sr. product manager of handheld computing products at Socket Mobile. "There's a significant effort within the healthcare industry to increase accuracy while providing quality patient care, and to help accomplish this, care providers are moving as quickly as possible to establish EMR systems in their facilities. The SoMo 650 handheld computer is an ideal product to facilitate easy access to EMRs by the Health Group staff while mobile, and we look forward to increasing our installed base as Lancaster continues to experience positive results with their EMR implementation."

For more information on the Lancaster Health Group deployment, read the case study.

For more information on the SoMo 650Rx antimicrobial handheld computer, visit the Socket Mobile Web site, or watch the video featuring the Socket Mobile suite of
Medical Mobility products.

About Lancaster Health Group
With six nursing and rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area, Lancaster Health Group has won multiple Five Star Ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for superior health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Lancaster Health Group has also received the 2006 Optima Award from Nursing Home / Long Term Care Management Magazine for organizations that go beyond common industry practice to provide optimum quality of care.

About Socket Mobile, Inc. 
With more than 18 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or www.socketmobile.com.

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