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Pennsylvania Hospice Thrives with Support of its Software Vendor Partner
We do not often hear about a home care agency or hospice staying with the same software vendor for 15 years, especially when that vendor goes through a major C-suite shakeup of its own. When it happens, we want to know what that vendor is doing right. So we recently spoke with Michael Link, a Computer Systems Analyst for Hospice and Community Care. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based non-profit has been using version after version of software from Suncoast Solutions since the year 2000.
Raising the Bar to Meet Rising Demands in Home Care: How a Learning Program Can Enable Clinical and Operational Excellence
Clinical competence and compliance have become critical to every home care agency's ability to thrive through the healthcare reform era. As home care organizations work to meet the increasing needs of our aging population, a comprehensive training program can foster operational as well as clinical excellence. Guest author Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning, describes five key benefits of using online learning to address the many challenges inherent in home care training.
grandCARE Unveils New “betterCARE” Brandmark, Announces Significant Shift Towards True Patient-Centered Care
This week, grandCARE announced a new Brand Mark, betterCARE, to coincide with its new focus: better experience, better engagement, better patient outcomes. A new logo will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, an event which has placed a growing emphasis on digital healthcare in recent years. Chief Marketing Officer Laura Mitchell provided us with an article describing her take on the hospital readmission problem and the role of technology in solving it.
How Are You Doing? Wearable Health Devices Tell You...and Your Doctor
In her third report from this year's Partners Health Center for Connected Health symposium (Boston, October 22-25), telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella surveys the rapid progression toward handheld and wearable healthcare technologies for people with chronic conditions.
The IMPACT Act: What You Need to Know
Post-acute providers take note: standardizing post-acute data to improve care coordination and outcomes is now law. In a rare instance of bipartisan, bicameral cooperation, Congress passed, and the President signed, The IMPACT Act, or officially, the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014" in October.
Care Transitions Software Helps Hospitals, Home Care Agencies, Payers and Patients
Care transition management is a healthcare field that has gone from obscure concept to coveted credential in less than a decade. Two care transition software systems recently came to our attention and are the subject of this week's technology profile. Ankota LLC and Curaspan Health Group Inc. are both headquartered in the Boston area.
Vendor Watch
— Suncoast Solutions releases benchmarking network for clients to compare quality data with other hospices.
— Independa receives Consumer Electronics award

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