A mobile application created by Qbase to help case workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs connect the homeless with services has won a mobile healthcare award from the Defense Strategic institute.
Qbase’s Homeless REACH app won the 2013 Innovation at the Edge Achievement Award for Best Implementation in Mobile Healthcare and the company accepted the award Sept. 30 at the DoD/VA iEHR Summit in Washington, Qbase announced Thursday.
“Based on the user’s location, Homeless REACH provides real-time information about local services and resources for the homeless directly from mobile devices or the web,” said Josh Temkin, Qbase vice president of healthcare.
The multi-platform app is available to Apple and Android users for free and works to help staff identify locations of services such as shelters, soup kitchens, employment, VA hospitals and counseling.
“Our initial application imported and geoencoded over 100,000 distinct points of interest including locations for shelters, facilities, healthcare, mental healthcare, kitchens/food banks, legal services, and transportation services,” Temkin said.
We are already working to expand that reach with our next version, and subsequent releases,” he added.