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Ankota Shares Memorial Day Wishes with the Home Care Community

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 31, 2010 8:21:00 AM

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  This is what enables us to be care givers, or in our case at Ankota, to service the home care industry.  We are forever in their debt.  Below are some poems and cartoons to remind us of the importance of Memorial Day. 

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Topics: Holiday Wishes, Home Care Industry

Book Review: Reengineering Health Care: A Good Primer

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 25, 2010 9:05:00 AM

Last week I attended a seminar on the subject of Patient-Centered Design, which included a key note address by Jim Champy, the author of the new book Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery (available on Amazon June 17th).  His co-author is Harry Greenspun, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer at Dell Inc. Jim is also the best selling auther of the New York Times Best Seller Reengineering the Corporation, which has sold over 3 million copies. 

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology

Why is "Connected Health" Important to Home Care?

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 24, 2010 12:10:00 PM

There's a relatively new "movement" in place called "Connected Health" which focuses on the delivery of care outside of traditional settings.  They focus on technologies such as telehealth and also on care delivery models such as home care.  The organization is located in Boston and affiliated with Partners Healthcare, but they are working hard to drive Connected Healthcare as a movement on a national and global level.  Below is a snipit which will bring you the the website for the Center for Connected Health.

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How Can Disruptive Innovation Transform Health Care: 10 Minute Video

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 19, 2010 6:48:00 AM

One of my favorite authors and professors is Clayton The Innovator's PrescriptionChristensen from the Harvard Business School.  He has written numerous books about disruptive innovation - the kind of innovations that often go on to replace the way something is done.  More recently he wrote The Innovator's Prescription, which was named as Ankota's Book of the Year for 2009.  Here, thanks to BigThink.com is a 10 minutes video of Dr. Christensen explaining these key concepts.  Home Care and Private Duty Care organizations should realize our opportunity to be a major part of the most needed innovation in healthcare today.  Enjoy the video.

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Topics: Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Aging in Place Technology, Video

Relationship and Results Oriented Health Care is a Win/Win

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 18, 2010 6:36:00 PM

One thing that we've really enjoyed as we've launched and grown Ankota is that home care people are willing to share their needs, their best practices, their frustrations and their ideas on how to make care better.  We're also proud of our reputation for listening and innovating in response to what we learn. 

One of the home care and private duty care "luminaries" who I like Ginny Kenyonto talk to every few months is Ginny Kenyon, who runs Kenyon HomeCare Consulting.  Our discussions always start around a certain topic such as breaking down the silos to improve transitional care, or how to better connect agencies and family members, and Ginny always provides crisp input from her experience and the agencies she supports.  But the part of our calls that I like the most is when Ginny tells a story that she's really passionate about.  Today she shared a story from her experience as a respiratory nurse, which I'll paraphrase below"

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management

LEVEL OF FRAILTY PREDICTS SURGICAL OUTCOMES IN OLDER PATIENTS

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 17, 2010 7:20:00 AM

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that frailty of patients has a direct impact on how well they will do in surgery.  Moreover, they've developed a simple 10 minute test to measure the frailty level.  Our main focus here at the Ankota Healthcare Delivery Management blog is to share information about improving the quality of care outside the hospital, and another sub-focus is entrepreneurship as we see more and more agencies coming up with new and creative services to improve care.  So perhaps, this research offers Home Care and Private Duty Care Agencies with an opportunity...  What if your agency learned how to administer the frailty test and was able to provide objective evidence to your clients and their family members based on research from Johns Hopkins?  Also, what if you could update your care plans to focus on improving the frailty factors that may preclude a client from undergoing a surgery that can help them?  These seem like compelling benefits to offer your clients...  The full story from Johns Hopkins Medicine is included below:

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination

How Important will Home Care be when there are 1.3 Billion Seniors?

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 12, 2010 10:50:00 PM

Looking at the population demographics in the US, everyone in Home Care, Hospice, Private Duty Care and the associated specialty services are taking notice.  When we look at the fact that Baby Boomers will start reaching age 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day next year, we recognize that there will be a hugely growing need for home care services.

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Topics: Senior Demographics, Home Care Industry

Home Care and Private Duty Care Celebrate Senior Power

Posted by Amy Accardi on May 10, 2010 4:42:00 PM

As home care and private duty care professionals, we continue in our celebration of Older American's Month as introduced in a recent post available here.

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Topics: Senior Demographics, Elderly Care

Fast Company Blog mentions Ankota: A Social Media Case Study

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 5, 2010 8:46:00 AM

There's really only one reason to write a blog, which is to share useful information (generally referred to by web people as content) with people interested in your agency.  Having said this, there are plenty of other good reasons to blog, including the following:

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Topics: Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, home care software geek

Home Care Celebrates Older American's Month in May

Posted by Amy Accardi on May 4, 2010 7:49:00 PM

May is Older American's Month, giving the home healthcare and private duty care Older American's Monthindustries a special reason to celebrate our beloved patients and clients.  In a tradition dating back to May 1963, Older American's Month, honors the legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans and supports them as they enter the next stage in life.

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Topics: Senior Demographics, Elderly Care

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