March 26, 2012, New York, N.Y.- - In an environment where nonprofits need to do more but are being given less, embracing technology has become more vital to sustainability than ever before. Organizations such as Lifespire, Inc., have spent the last year integrating technology into their strategic plan, and have seen results not only in their cost savings, but in overall delivery of their services to their clients.
Earlier this year, Lifespire's Article 16 Clinic went electronic-providing an array of services in over 175 locations, Lifespire provided all of their clinicians with Netbooks. The Netbooks not only allow the organization to track what services are being provided at specific locations, but they track the location of service delivery using a built in GPS system, in addition to easing the documentation process for staff and allow for the clients file to be accessible to those who are granted permission within a simple click.
Lifespire's reputation for developing IT solutions resulted in their partnership with Denmark's Team Online-an organization known for being a leader in technology in the field of the disabled. The Bosted system is a user friendly IT solution that can improve and support daily routines of care providers and their organizations. The system is designed to streamline documentation and impact measurements of services and is the result of over ten years of user-driven innovation. "Our advances in technology over the past year have been significant," said Mark van Voorst, Chief Executive Officer of Lifespire. "Not only have we increased efficiency in our daily operations, but we've been able to manage our budget more effectively, collaborate with other organizations to work together for a better future, and above all, provide improved services to our consumers."
Lifespire's commitment to IT impacts more than just their staff and those they directly serve. Lifespire released a new version of the Code Amber Alertag, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTX Corp (GTXO), which will help accelerate the treatment and care of those in need, potentially saving hundreds of lives. Similar to a card you would receive from a local supermarket, the tag features a bar code, however instead of granting the individual access to savings, the QR code grants access to vital medical history. When the QR code is scanned by a Smartphone or any electronic device with a scanning capability, the link will open to the individual's very general medical history-including name, address, and emergency point of contact. One of the first organizations on the east coast to release this new technology, Lifespire hopes to set the tone and encourage others to develop a system of awareness and security for their clients.
"Whether we're partnering with Team Online to streamline our documentation, or ATWEC Technologies, Inc., to install safety systems in our buses and vans, we remain committed to providing quality services efficiently and safely," said van Voorst. Nonprofit's such as Lifespire are setting the bar for other organizations to follow. The more efficient an organization is run, the better programs and services they organization can provide-resulting in increased funding and donor support. For more information about Lifespire and their commitment to IT, or for more information about the organization and those they serve, visit www.lifespire.org