NEMED fair targets 'hot' technology

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - HME providers who don't get up to speed with technology may find themselves falling behind in the 21st century marketplace, says the New England Medical Equipment Dealers (NEMED) association. That's why the association made it easier for its members to view the latest software and systems available by hosting a technology fair as part of its quarterly meeting Sept. 20.
"Everybody's got to get more efficient and do business with less overhead," said Jim Greatorex, the association's Maine chairman. "The most efficient providers are going to be the ones that last."
The association invited several major software vendors to exhibit and scheduled a slate of informational sessions on topics ranging from e-commerce to office-based scanning.
The hot thing in technology: storing information offsite.
"People are looking at Web-based software so somebody else can house your system," said Greatorex. "For accreditation purposes, you have to have that."
Greatorex said his company, Portland, Maine-based Black Bear Medical, plans to upgrade its software, including billing, in an effort to get its two current stores, plus a planned satellite location, to operate more cohesively.
"It was excellent to be able to receive all this information in one setting," he said.