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WHILE HEALTHCARE DEBATE DRAGS ON ENTREPRENEURS AREN'T WAITING

Posted by Ken Accardi

Sep 10, 2009 11:16:00 AM

Innovative technology cuts operating expenses and improves scheduling, coordination of care, and care planning

The healthcare debate drags on,
ENTREPRENEURS ARE SOLVING PROBLEMS TODAY

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY CUTS OPERATING EXPENSES AND IMPROVES SCHEDULING, COORDINATION OF CARE, AND CARE PLANNING

Savings often exceed $1000 per worker per month for Home Health Agencies, Home Medical Equipment (HME) & Respiratory Therapy (RT) Companies.

"We're not just talking about solutions...we're delivering them now."

--Will Hicklen, CEO & co-founder


Baltimore, MD: Debates continue in Washington and around the country, while the companies that deliver the care, equipment and supplies to patients in their homes are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs now and improve productivity.

Technology for managing the process of delivering care has lagged, even with significant advances in areas such as electronic medical records (EMR). The challenge of scheduling and coordinating the people, equipment and supplies is especially challenging. Healthcare workers are skilled and dedicated to their jobs but they are burdened by a system that forces them to spend time doing other, unproductive things. "Every day, we meet with people who are forced to waste time managing schedules, planning their driving routes, and planning next steps for patients. Further, care management is not well does not leave well established protocols and companies are unable to measure and improve these processes.

To address this growing problem, Ankota has introduced "Healthcare Delivery Management" (HDM), a process-driven model to coordinate the people and resources required to effect high quality, efficient care in the home.

Home care and HME companies are typically able to cut costs by as much as $1000 or more per worker, per month using Ankota HDM. These new efficiencies allow home health care companies to increase their capacity to care for patients by 20-30% while using the same resources.

"These problems have been solved in other industries," adds Hicklen. Indeed, company founders leverage deep experience with Lean Six Sigma, supply chain management and workforce mobility, as well as an impressive pedigree in medicine.

Ankota's Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) technology includes home care scheduling software and paperless work reporting that aids with home care compliance. With the release of its product, Ankota is implementing a multi-tiered strategy to improve the management of care, which includes advanced scheduling, GPS routing, mobile handheld and telephony (IVR) work tracking, plus care management. Ankota's technology is deployed via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and is available by subscription. Simple, affordable, and easy to implement.

"We hear the health care debates and listen to arguments," says Hicklen, "but we're focused on solving problems today. This improves the businesses involved in home care, and ultimately, assures better care for patients."

He should know.

Ankota was born out of love and loss. Founder and CEO Will Hicklen and his teenage daughters, Haley and Hannah, saw their world change last July when their wife and mother Sandy Hicklen died of cancer at the age of 44. Will, a successful software industry entrepreneur, and his close friend Dr. Hunter Young, a physician at Johns Hopkins, saw through Sandy's fight the opportunity to dramatically change the lives of patients and those who care for them.

One year after Sandy's death, Will and Hunter launched Ankota (www.Ankota.com), the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM).

"My family has lived the health care debate," Hicklen said. "When people are sick they don't want to hear a policy debate. They want answers and solutions. They want to live comfortably and productively at home as long as they can. And they want their providers to move with appropriate care and efficiency so that they can continue to live their lives. That's what we're giving them."

About Ankota

Ankota is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM). Ankota provides Home Care Software Solutions delivered via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that improves efficiency and compliance. All Ankota solutions are designed with inputs from the home care community with the goal to provide better patient care in a provider-friendly manner. For more information, please visit www.ankota.com.

With the aging of the baby boomers, the population of people age 65 and over is on track to triple by 2030, outlining a clear need for improvements in productivity. Nursing staff shortages and expensive fuel costs are further driving the need for operating efficiency.

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BALTIMORE SUN TELLS STORY LEADING TO ANKOTA LAUNCH

Posted by Ken Accardi

Jul 30, 2009 11:40:00 AM

Today the Baltimore Sun released an online story about the plight of Will Hicklen and how it led to the launch of Ankota. The story will run in the print edition of the Baltimore Sun on Friday July 31st. To read the article, click here.

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ANKOTA DEBUTS HOME HEALTHCARE DELIVERY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SUITE

Posted by Ken Accardi

Jul 28, 2009 11:43:00 AM

at the National Association for Homecare & Hospice (NAHC) and the Homecare & Hospice Financial Manager's Association (HHFMA)National 15th Annual Financial Management Conference in Boston July 29-31, 2009
Towson, MD
: Ankota, Inc., a Baltimore, MD based software company with offices around the US, will debut its Ankota Home Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) software suite, at the National Association for Homecare & Hospice (NAHC) and the Homecare & Hospice Financial Manager's Association (HHFMA)15th Annual Financial Management Conference.

The conference is taking place at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA, July 29-31, 2009. Ankota representatives will be available at their booth # 322 during the conference. Please stop by the booth or call Ken Accardi at 617-320-8502 to schedule a demo or learn more about Ankota.

Ankota's debut will include its home care scheduling software and paperless work reporting software that aids with home care compliance. These products, deployed via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, will enable home healthcare agencies and their workers to improve patient care while seeing and caring for up to 30% more patients.

"When you need healthcare outside the hospital, all of the burden of scheduling and coordination falls upon the patient or loved ones," Hicklen shared, "and although the health workers are adept at their skill, nobody seems to understand the big picture. It's a helpless and lonely feeling that I don't want others to experience."

With the release of its product, Ankota is implementing a multi-tiered strategy to improve the management of care, which includes advanced scheduling, GPS routing, Mobile handheld and telephony (IVR) work tracking, plus management of best practice care protocols.

With the aging of the baby boomers, the population of people age 65 and over is on track to triple between now and 2030 outlining a clear need for home care growth and efficiency improvements.


About Ankota

Ankota is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM). Ankota provides Home Care Software Solutions delivered via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that improves efficiency and compliance within Home Healthcare Operations. All Ankota solutions are designed with inputs from the home care community with the goal to provide better patient care in a provider-friendly manner. For more information, please visit www.ankota.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Karen McGagh, KMC
Karen@karenmcgagh.com
443-632-4217

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ANKOTA RELEASE HOME HEALTHCARE DELIVERY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Posted by Ken Accardi

Jul 16, 2009 12:01:00 PM

Personal Tragedy Inspires Entrepreneur to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Baltimore, MD - July 16, 2009 - Ankota, Inc. announced today the release of the Ankota Home Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) software suite, including home care scheduling software and paperless work reporting software that aids with home care compliance. These products, deployed via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, will enable home healthcare agencies and their workers to improve patient care while seeing and caring for up to 30% more patients.

With the release of its product, Ankota is implementing a multi-tiered strategy to improve the management of care, which includes advanced scheduling, GPS routing, Mobile handheld and telephony (IVR) work tracking, plus management of best practice care protocols.

Ankota has come to market with an initial set of products to improve the operations of home health agencies. "If Fedex and UPS can track my package delivery in real-time, I questioned why home health care scheduling seems to be in the stone age," said CEO Will Hicklen. "When we researched it, we found that the technology exists, but that nobody has focused on serving the special needs of home care. We needed a delivery model that works with small agencies, and solved that with SaaS (software as a service). More importantly we needed to develop a solution that manages the intricacies of patient care. So for example, Ankota's software delivers efficiency while still giving nurses control of their schedules and those of their patients," Hicklen explained.

With the aging of the baby boomers and improvements in the quality of care in the US, the population of people age 65 and over is on track to triple between now and 2030. Also, it is anticipated that 6 out of 10 people over 65 will be managing one or more chronic diseases. These numbers make it clear that delivery of care outside the hospital will grow and that quality and efficiency need to dramatically improve.

For Will Hicklen and his teen daughters Hailey and Hannah, their world changed last July upon the death of their beloved wife and mother Sandy Hicklen. Sandy's was a rare cancer, and the path to properly managing her care was unclear for some time. Through numerous hospitalizations, surgeries, outpatient services, nurse home-visits, and, finally, end-of-life care through hospice, the experience exposed the tremendous gaps and inefficiencies in coordinating delivery of care. Will, a successful software industry entrepreneur, and his close friend Dr. Hunter Young, a medical doctor at Johns Hopkins, saw through Sandy's fight the opportunity to dramatically change the lives of patients and those who seek to care for them.

One year later, Will launched Ankota (www.Ankota.com) as the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM). "When you need healthcare outside the hospital, all of the burden of scheduling and coordination falls upon the patient or loved ones," Hicklen shared, "and although the health workers are adept at their skill, nobody seems to understand the big picture. It's a helpless and lonely feeling that I don't want others to experience."

When asked if this is the right economic time to start a business, Hicklen said he sees no better time and explained that the solution fits perfectly into the country's movement towards healthcare efficiency. He further looks forward to the opportunity to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Ankota's products are available now and several pilot projects are underway. Hicklen added, "We've just launched the web site [www.ankota.com] and we're opening the solution up to Home Medical Equipment [HME] and Home Care providers. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive."

Hailey, Hannah and Will are moving on with the great support of family and friends and the legacy of Sandy Hicklen lives on in their daily lives, as well as in Will's new venture.

About Ankota

Ankota is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM). Ankota provides Home Care Software Solutions delivered via the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model that improve efficiency and compliance within Home Healthcare Operations. All Ankota solutions are designed with inputs from the home care community with the goals of providing better patient care in a provider friendly manner. For more information, please email karen.mcgagh@ankota.com.

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ANKOTA RELEASES RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION CASE STUDY

Posted by Ken Accardi

May 21, 2009 12:07:00 PM

Ankota performed a study to determine the benefit of the Healthcare Delivery Managment (HDM) Resource Optimization on a DME delivery operation. To read case study, click here.

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