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PlayMaker CRM Partners with Growth Equity Firm(10/15/2014)
Judy Bishop will take an advisory role on the Board of Directors and Adam Bishop will retain the title of President and Founder as MainSail Partners takes over as majority owner and installs veteran post-acute care tech executive John Griscavage as CEO. At next week's NAHC Annual Meeting, look for PlayMakerCRM to also be unveiling a major re-write of its mobile app for sales reps as well as introducing two new customers with highly recognizable names.
Relias Learning Announces 28 New Courses for Home Health Organizations(10/15/2014)
Expanding its catalog for home health providers, Relias Learning announced this week that it has added 28 titles to its home health library of courses.
Vendor Watch: What to Look for at NAHC Exhibit Hall(10/15/2014)
Press releases about new product announcements pour into us at this time of year. Here is a summary of home care and hospice technology vendors that have told us they will be making news in Phoenix a the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting.
Gentiva Agrees to $1.8 Billion Takeover Offer from Kindred Healthcare(10/8/2014)
Kindred Healthcare Inc., headquarted in Louisville, Kentucky, announced last week that it has reached an agreement, pending shareholder approval, to acquire Gentiva Health Services, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, for approximately $1.8 billion.
HCTR Product Review: Citrix ShareFile(10/8/2014)
Marketed as "The Built-for-Business" DropBox, Sharefile may be custom-made for home care. Encrypted documents can be sent back and forth among intake nurses, field nurses, primary care physicians, hospital discharge planners, and just about anyone else with a computer for $30 a month. Citrix acquired the startup in 2011 and is investing heavily in its success in healthcare.
Partners’ Healthcare Connected Health Symposium Will Be Home Care Oriented This Year(10/8/2014)
Home healthcare will be featured at this year's Connected Health conference, set for Boston, October 23-24. We are sending staff writer Audrey Kinsella to see what is new in remote patient monitoring in the home. Here is her preview of the symposium.
Procura Releases HR Documentation Framework(10/8/2014)
International home healthcare software developer Procura Group has expaned into HR software, announcing the delivery of what it calls its "Human Resources Documentation Framework."
Vendor Watch(10/8/2014)
— BioSensics launches ActivePERS™, a combination personal emergency response and telemonitoring system.
— Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for software applications eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion.
Pattern of Delayed VA Physician Signatures Costs Home Healthcare Providers Millions(10/1/2014)
The results of our joint survey, conducted by SutureHealth, paint a dismal picture of the relationship between Medicare-certified home health agencies and the physicians who care for veterans.
Popular Hospice Film Nominated for Regional Emmy Award(10/1/2014)
"Consider the Conversation" is a profound film about hospice. Created by two Wisconsin teachers, it explores some of the unintended consequences of American medicine’s success and sheds light on the important role of the patient/doctor relationship and patient/doctor communication when living with severe chronic disease. Click this article for comments from the filmmakers on their Emmy nomination and for a link to a schedule of PBS showings.
Did Epic Flaw Risk Ebola Outbreak?(10/1/2014)
Thomas Eric Duncan was discharged from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital's emergency department on September 25 because the ED doctors could not see notes from a nurse's interview that revealed he had recently been in Liberia. He returned via ambulance on September 28 with full-blown Ebola symptoms.
VNAA Sees New Beginning in Home Healthcare for Remote Patient Monitoring(9/24/2014)
Staff writer Audrey Kinsella has written hundreds of articles on telehealth systems over the last 25 years, including several for us. Her overall assessment has been discouragement and frustration at the slow rate of adoption by home healthcare providers...until her recent interview with Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the VNAA. Not-for-profit home care agencies, especially VNAA members, seem to be adopting telehealth at a rate above the national average. Plus, a research operation within the VNAA is tracking effectiveness of telehealth programs.

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