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Ginny Kenyon has continued her 6 part series on starting a home care agency. We introduced the series in our post How to Start a Home Care Business: The Fundamentals that you can read here. Her third post focuses on a topic near and dear to our hearts, which is putting systems in place to streamline your operations. I'd encourage you to read Ginny's Full Post, but here are a few highlights to entice you:
Elizabeth Hogue has shared with us a nice summary of the final regulations defining Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). We include her write-up in its entirety below. The piece that gets us most excited at Ankota is found in the fine print towards the end of the summary. It's the part that describes the need for ACOs to Coordinate Care.
Today I'm attending a conference in Boston called the Connected Health Symposium. The concept of Connected Health focuses on patient engagement in their own health care and connecting the people to the people involved in their care. Most of the content presented here is about the ways that health outcomes can improve with care coordination. In the past years the "tone" of the meeting has shifted from "we don't get reimbursed for care coordination" to "Wow! We can provide better care with care coordination" and now to "We're going to be expected to coordinate care; how do we do that?" I was a speaker in last year's conference here on the topic of care for the elderly.
Last week I heard a presentation by John Halamka, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Brigham and Women's hospital and Harvard Medical School. John and his organizations are always ahead of the curve on information technology in healthcare, and he spoke about what device his nurses want to use for the tasks in their days - the iPhone. He rattled off a list of nursing tasks and said "there's an app for that."
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One of the email newsletters that I read comes from the Home Care financial advisory firm called Boyd and Nicholas who market themselves as "The Cost Report People". We've shared content from their email newsletter before and most recently included them in our post Six Home Care Social Media email newsletters to Learn From. Their website is http://www.boydandnicholas.com/. In their September 21st edition, they shared an article on the subject of how to buy home care software. The article is pretty long and I can't find it on line, so I need to bring you the highlights here. Since the article is a bit too big, I'm going to break it into a few posts. This first one is about how NOT to buy home care software. From here, (in italics) you're reading their article:
When looking at either a software or a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) application for your Home Care, Home Health Care, DME, Home Infusion, or Private Duty Agency security is an important consideration. Symantec’s State of the Cloud Survey 2011 came out this past Tuesday. This survey covered 5,300 IT and C-level professionals spanning 38 countries. With Symantec's focus on security, as you can image, the major emphasis of this survey was security. There were a number of interesting points:
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