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Risk Management Education from Ankota and IronRisk Strategies, LLC

Posted by Will Hicklen

May 10, 2012 2:02:00 PM

May 10, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland - Ankota, Inc. and IronRisk Strategies, LLC partner to provide risk management education to Ankota customers.

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“Rapid changes have already introduced new risks to post-acute care providers, and many of them are confused over what to do about it,” says Ankota CEO Will Hicklen. “We already help customers mitigate certain operational and compliance risks through automation and it’s clear that we have an opportunity to help educate them further by connecting them with subject matter experts like IronRisk Strategies, LLC,” adds Hicklen.

Like Ankota, IronRisk serves many types of post acute care providers, including Home Health, Physical Therapy, Infusion, HME/DME delivery, and more. As hospitals seek to better manage Care Transitions and to reduce avoidable readmissions, it’s essential that they operate as reliably and transparently as possible.

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Under the partnership, IronRisk will provide educational content in the form of articles, white papers, and video content that will rapidly become a valuable resource for Ankota’s clients. Customers will be able to learn about topics ranging from cyber-security and breaches of patient information to the consequences of employee-owned vehicles, the differences between subcontracted relationships and referrals, the complexities around professional liability insurance, and everything in between.

As more care is delivered outside of hospital settings, the prospect for growth in post-acute care is tremendous. However, post acute services must be more tightly integrated with hospital-based and primary care, driving the need for greater care coordination and accountability. “Providers assume that it’s business as usual and they just have to worry about billing accurately to get paid—and they’re wrong,” says IronRisk President, Lock Curtis, “we see this partnership as an opportunity to execute on our mission of Educating, Empowering and Inspiring  Ankota’s customers  so that they can understand the unique risks they face and what they can do about them.”

Most insurance brokers are concerned with their next sale and do little to teach their clients about the risks they face or what they can do to better manage them. “It’s clear that we have an opportunity to help our customers better understand and mitigate business risk, whether it’s through better automation, strategic planning  or by connecting them with the experts in the field of risk management who fully understand their business,” explains Hicklen.

Program updates will be posted to the Ankota Healthcare Delivery Management Blog as new content is made available. Visit related blog article by clicking here  

Topics: Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO, risk management, Home Care Blogs, Managing Post Acute Care

Ankota CTO and Co-Founder presenting in Grandcare Webinar

Posted by Will Hicklen

Apr 5, 2012 8:30:00 AM

April 5, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland   Ankota Co-Founder & CTO Ken Accardi will present a nationwide webinar entitled Breaking Silos: Success Stories for Automating Care Coordination as part of the Grandcare Aging and Technology Bi-weekly webinar.  The webinar will be held at 2:00 PM today April 5th, 2012.  More information is available here.

To attend the webinar, please go to this link or click on the Grandcare banner below:

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Ankota provides software to improve the delivery of care outside the hospital. Today Ankota services home health, private duty care, DME Delivery, RT, Physical Therapy and Home Infusion organizations, and is interested in helping to efficiently manage other forms of care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact Ankota

 


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

Ankota CEO & CMO to Speak to Maryland Home Care Providers

Posted by Will Hicklen

Feb 28, 2012 2:41:00 PM

February 28, 2012 Baltimore, Maryland   Ankota Co-Founder & CEO Will Hicklen will present to Maryland Home Care Providers at the MayHAC Annual Provider Upgrade Conference on March 8, 2012 1-4pm, at the JHH Mount Washington Conference Center. Also presenting is Dr. J. Hunter Young, Ankota’s co-founder, Chief Medical Officer, and Medical Director of Johns Hopkins HealthCare in Baltimore, Maryland.

This year’s conference, entitled “Improving Accountable Care Practices” promises to help providers assure compliance with new and evolving regulations while learning how to leverage new technology and best practices to grow their businesses more profitably.

Each year, the conference educates providers on new and pending legislation and connects them with key State officials in a collaborative environment. 

In addition to Mr. Hicklen and Dr. Young, MayHAC’s confirmed speakers include MD Secretary of Aging, Gloria LawlahState Inspector General, Thomas RussellAsst. Inspector General, Susan Steinberg, and Department of Aging Community Liaison, Maryam Baharloo.

 “The regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex and providers are under real pressure to have their houses in order,” says Hicklen. “MayHAC helps providers understand regulations and govern their businesses in ways that make sense, are fully compliant with State regulations, and put patient care first.”

Based in Towson, Maryland, MayHAC is Maryland’s premier Compliance and Marketing firm dedicated to Maryland Health Care Providers, and hosts the event annually for home care providers that are licensed by The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ). Providers are encouraged to register for the event here or visitMayHAC’s web site directly.

Also based in Baltimore, Maryland, Ankota, Inc. is the pioneering company in the field ofHealthcare Delivery Management (HDM) focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home health care. Ankota’s HDM technology organizes healthcare into a “delivery model” to better plan, coordinate and deliver care in the home, with immediate cost savings and productivity improvements for providers.

Topics: Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, transitional care, Home Care Technology, Will Hicklen, Home Care, NPDA, PDHCA, MAYHAC, Dr. J. Hunter Young, Johns Hopkins HealthCare

Ankota Announces HDM Integration with HomecareNet

Posted by Will Hicklen

Sep 15, 2011 3:33:00 PM

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Ankota and Mediware  (NASDAQ: MEDW) announced today immediate availability of Ankota’s Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) suite for Mediware’s HomecareNet customers.

Ankota HDM is fully integrated with HomecareNet and already in use with customers. Orders generated in HomecareNet pass automatically into Ankota HDM, where customers use Ankota’s advanced scheduling and optimization technology to schedule deliveries, build routes, and track deliveries, leveraging a process that eliminates paper processes and is 100% electronic. Businesses using HomecareNet and Ankota HDM are able to realize dramatic reductions in operating expenses and mileage and fuel expenses, and increase delivery capacity immediately.

Following on the heels of the announcement of Ankota’s Telephony for Caretinuum customers, this announcement extends the Ankota-Mediware partnership and provides Ankota’s ground-breaking Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) technology to HomecareNet customers.

Mediware customers can request more information or purchase Ankota HDM by contacting Ankota directly [email protected]

About Ankota

Ankota, Inc. is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home health care. Ankota’s HDM technology organizes healthcare into a “delivery model” to better plan, coordinate and deliver care in the home, with immediate cost savings and productivity improvements for providers. Ankota’s customers include companies involved in providing home health services and private duty care, delivery of home medical equipment and supplies, and many forms of home-based therapy (from infusion and respiratory services to occupational and physical therapy). Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago. For more information, please visit http://www.ankota.com.

About Mediware


Mediware delivers interoperable best of breed software systems that improve efficiencies and address safety concerns to enable healthcare organizations to improve care processes while decreasing costs. Core Mediware solutions include blood management technologies for hospitals and blood centers; medication management solutions for hospitals, behavioral health facilities, infusion and specialty pharmacy providers; and business intelligence based performance management solutions for clinical, regulatory and financial aspects of the broader healthcare market. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit our web site at www.mediware.com .

Topics: Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Checklists, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Therapy, Home Health Therapy Software, Home Care Scheduling Software, Leadership, Ankota Product Release, Mobile devices, Home Care Dispatch

BeClose and Ankota Announce Collaboration

Posted by Will Hicklen

Dec 8, 2010 11:41:00 AM

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Metro Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland (December 7, 2010) – BeClose, the new wireless technology used to provide caregivers with at-home monitoring while providing additional oversight to aging adults, and Ankota, the leading provider of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) solutions, today announced a unique collaboration for the home health care marketplace. Ankota’s technology helps home care companies improve both the quality and efficiency of care delivered in the home and includes tools to better manage family communications. Combined with a BeClose monitoring system, familial caregivers can take advantage of two aspects of oversight: Personal attention when a caregiver is in the home, and the use of digital monitors when they are not. The full program gives a thorough picture of patients who are aging in place, disabled, or recovering, but without 24-hour personal care.

The partnership comes at a time when home care agencies are facing unprecedented demand — 8,000 Americans turn 65 years of age each day. These agencies are challenged to operate efficiently and cost effectively, while maintaining strong connections and providing great service to family members. To achieve these goals, BeClose and Ankota’s offering will both enhance customer service and improve efficiency with the families they serve.

Ankota’s goal is to continually improve patient care while decreasing healthcare delivery costs. BeClose helps to achieve these goals by delivering remote monitoring technology that helps caregivers stay in close touch with their loved ones who are aging in place. Families can get real time data, set parameters around daily activities, and gain an accurate sense of what is going on in the home or if a patient is in need – even when no one is at home with the patient.

Ankota’s goal is to continually improve patient care while decreasing healthcare delivery costs. BeClose helps to achieve these goals by delivering remote monitoring technology that helps caregivers stay in close touch with their loved ones who are aging in place. Families can get real time data, set parameters around daily activities, and gain an accurate sense of what is going on in the home or if a patient is in need – even when no one is at home with the patient.

“We know that home care agencies aim to not just serve the elderly and disabled, but also their families,” said Liddy Manson, President of BeClose. “Our system helps familial caregivers fill in the hours when home care is not onsite, in a way that makes geographic distances go away, and it delivers ongoing information that can show changes in critical patterns of behavior and identify a problem before it becomes a crisis.”

“Bringing together BeClose at-home monitoring with Ankota’s family communications technology under a coordinated model is an obvious solution,” added Will Hicklen, Ankota’s CEO. “Home care providers are improving their services to include remote home monitoring and consistent communication with family members, and the Ankota-BeClose collaboration provides new revenue opportunities for home care agencies while substantially improving services to their clients.”

Ankota clients’ families enjoy substantial discounts on the BeClose home monitoring service under the terms of the collaboration.

About Ankota™

Ankota, Inc. is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home health care. Ankota’s HDM technology organizes healthcare into a “delivery model” to better plan, coordinate and deliver care in the home, with immediate cost savings and productivity improvements for providers. Ankota’s customers include companies involved in providing home health services and private duty care, delivery of home medical equipment and supplies, and infusion and respiratory therapy. Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago. For more information, please visit www.ankota.com.


About BeClose™

BeCloseTM is a breakthrough remote home monitoring system designed to allow people to age in place independently while giving their family members and caregivers the peace of mind of
knowing that they’re safe. The system of wireless sensors is fully customizable and tech – friendly. The system is based on a research and development partnership with Alarm.com, the nation’s leading in-home wireless monitoring system, serving more than 400,000 homes and businesses nationwide. By leveraging the patented alarm.com technology platform, BeClose can scale usage on a proven system that processes more than 25 Million security and safety events every month. BeClose headquarters are outside of Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.beclose.com

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Will Hicklen, NPDA, PDHCA, BeClose, home monitoring, telehealth, remote monitoring

ANKOTA AND CARECENTRIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Posted by Will Hicklen

Dec 6, 2010 12:12:00 PM

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New Alliance Combines Ankota’s Innovative Technology with CareCentric’s Pioneering Solutions for Home Health, Home Medical Equipment, Hospice and Private Duty Services

Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2010Ankota, a Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) business with a patient-centric, performance-focused approach to managing the delivery of care, and CareCentric, a healthcare solutions company that has offered industry-leading software and services to post-acute care providers for more than 40 years, announced a strategic alliance today to provide home health provider organizations with greater efficiencies resulting in immediate cost savings and increased productivity.

Under the terms of the agreement, CareCentric will sell and support the combined solution with its Caretinuum™ software product. Ankota’s technology for managing the delivery of care will be integrated with CareCentric’s capabilities for managing the business side of care.  Specifically, Ankota will provide optimization of staff schedules and travel plans, provide mobile work management capabilities to home medical equipment (HME) delivery workers and bring voice response telephony capabilities for nurses, paraprofessional home health aides and delivery staff.  When joined with CareCentric’s patient billing, medical equipment inventory and point-of-care nursing documentation, the combined solution sets a new standard for managing healthcare delivery models and positions both companies for accelerated growth. Customers will benefit immediately through substantial reductions in operating costs and increases in capacity to provide care for homebound patients.

“This strategic alliance brings together CareCentric’s decades of market-leading healthcare solutions in key market segments with Ankota’s cutting-edge innovation and technology to provide a new level of efficiency and coordination of post-acute care services,” said Ankota CEO and Founder Will Hicklen. “Customers who take advantage of our combined product will dramatically increase productivity right away while continuing to fine-tune their coordination, distribution and mobile delivery models.”

Ankota and CareCentric now offer the HME market a powerful, integrated tool to reduce expenses and increase productivity.  Use of the HME optimization software can result in 25 to 35 percent fewer miles driven, increased delivery capacity of 10 to 20 percent and a savings of $800 to $1200 per vehicle per month. Key product features include optimized scheduling and route planning, real time delivery reporting and GPS tracking, configurable care plans and an easy-to-use Internet interface. The Caretinuum software tool is scalable, modular, integrated and patient-centric, and it is backed by consulting, education and training, management and technology support services.

“CareCentric and Ankota have a shared desire to deliver high-quality solutions on a single platform,” said Darrell Young, President and CEO of CareCentric. “Both companies are focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home healthcare to help drive success for our customers, so naturally we are excited about the impact this partnership will have for our customers and the industry.”

 

About Ankota

Ankota, Inc. is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home health care. Ankota’s HDM technology organizes healthcare into a “delivery model” to better plan, coordinate and deliver care in the home, with immediate cost savings and productivity improvements for providers. Ankota’s customers include companies involved in providing home health services and private duty care, delivery of home medical equipment and supplies, and infusion and respiratory therapy. Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago. For more information, please visit http://www.ankota.com.

About CareCentric

CareCentric is a healthcare solutions company that has offered industry-leading software and services to post-acute care providers for over 40 years. The state-of-the-art business solutions we offer are designed to facilitate operational, financial and benchmarking aspects of the healthcare industry, from patient assessments and referrals to reimbursement and compliance. These solutions help reduce your operating costs, improve patient outcomes and enhance workflow. Learn more at http://www.carecentric.com.

Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Care Scheduling Software, Ankota Product Release

ANKOTA TO PRESENT AND EXHIBIT AT THE NYSHCP ANNUAL MEETING

Posted by Ken Accardi

Oct 26, 2010 12:28:00 PM

October 26-29 in Uniondale NY

Baltimore, MD and Uniondale, NY: Ankota will be exhibiting at the New York State Home Care Providers Annual Meeting on October 27th NYSHCP Bridges Conferenceand 28th. The conference will be held at the Marriott Long Island Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale NY.  The theme for the annual conference is “Bridges.”

In addition to exhibiting, Ankota CTO Ken Accardi will deliver a presentation entitled “Technology and Inbound Marketing Booster Shot,” which will teach the participants how to get better results from their web sites and about new technologies they should be aware of.  Ken will join other speaking faculty for the conference including Ellen Bolch, President of The Healthcare Alternative (The THA Group) and author and speaker Chip Madera.  The speaker bios are available at http://www.nyshcp.org/content.aspx?id=5990

“We have our best attendance at our shows on Long Island” explained Phyllis Wang, president of the New York State Home Care Providers “We’re excited to have Ankota returning to the conference as an associate member and excited to welcome Ken Accardi as a speaker.”   See Video Highlights of last year’s HCP meeting below.

 

NYSHCP members are primarily comprised of non-medical home care providers who assist clients with activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide paraprofessional support to certified nursing services.  Ankota provides a comprehensive management system for these organizations, that offers the following features and benefits:

  • Web-based scheduling that matches workers, schedules, and skills to patient/client needs
  • Advanced constraint checking (for example to make sure that the visit is in the Medicaid approved window)
  • Care plan checklists for each patient or client
  • FamilyConnect so that the agencies can provide better communications to the loved ones of the people that they care for
  • Real time tracking of workers via telephony and/or smart phones
  • Billing and Payroll calculation

You can learn more about Ankota at www.ankota.com or by calling 800.909.9866.

About Ankota

Ankota is a leading service provider of innovative, technology-based software for home care management.  The company is a pioneer of next generation SaaS solutions for Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM), Private Duty, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Physical Therapy and Home Infusion markets.  Ankota is committed to improving the quality and efficiency of health care outside the hospital setting.

Ankota's suite of solutions includes: "delivery model" optimization - automating complex scheduling requirements; telephony and web-based tracking of patient visits and health status; paperless trails for supervision and audits; billing systems integration; and accurate, real-time reporting.  Ankota's Family Connect, a secure web-based tool, ensures patient families are always one click away from knowing their relative's health and well-being. 

Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. For more information please go to http://www.ankota.com/.

Topics: Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, Announcements, Checklists, Home Care Scheduling Software, New York State HCP

ANKOTA CTO KEN ACCARDI TO PRESENT AT THE CONNECTED HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

Posted by Ken Accardi

Oct 18, 2010 1:55:00 PM

October 21-22 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, Boston, MA

Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA - Ankota Chief Tehnology Officer Ken Accardi will be featured in the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium 2010, which will be held on October 21st and 22nd at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers in Boston MA.

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Ken will participate in a panel discussion entitled Provider, Patient, Kin: Technology Tools to Support and Supplement Family Caregiving along with Laurie Orlov from the Aging in Place Technology Watch, Liddy Manson, CEO of BeClose, and Dave Waks, Co-Director of The Broadband Home.  The session will be moderated by Deborah Randall, JD, Principal, Deborah Randall Consulting.

Ken Accardi"Connected Health is all about breaking down the communication silos that increase the cost and reduce the quality of healthcare," Ken explained, "I'm looking forward to bringing the home care perspective to this audience." 

One way that Ankota breaks down such boundaries is through FamilyConnect, a software tool that allows home care or assisted living facility caregivers to communicate more regularly and more easily with the adult children of individuals receiving care.  Learn more about Ankota FamilyConnect and receive a special FamilyConnect offer here.

Read more about related topics following the links below:

You can learn more about Ankota at www.ankota.com or by calling 800.909.9866.

About Ankota

Ankota is a leading service provider of innovative, technology-based software for home care management.  The company is a pioneer of next generation SaaS solutions for Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM), Private Duty, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Physical Therapy and Home Infusion markets.  Ankota is committed to improving the quality and efficiency of health care outside the hospital setting.

Ankota's suite of solutions includes: "delivery model" optimization - automating complex scheduling requirements; telephony and web-based tracking of patient visits and health status; paperless trails for supervision and audits; billing systems integration; and accurate, real-time reporting.  Ankota is at the forefront in providing the technologies needed for community based care and healthcare reform. 

Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. For more information please go to http://www.ankota.com/.

Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology

ANKOTA TO EXHIBIT AT THE NAHC FINANCIAL MANAGERS CONFERENCE BOOTH 908

Posted by Ken Accardi

Jul 13, 2010 7:56:00 AM

July 14th – 16th in Chicago IL

Baltimore, MD: Ankota looks forward to exhibiting solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of home care at the NAHC 16th Annual Financial Management Conference and Exposition (HHFMA meeting).  The meeting will be held from Julty 14th through the 16th at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago IL. 

Ankota at HHFMA

While the mainstay educational topics of accounting, collections, and cost reporting are still prevalent at the conference, there is a growing interest among financial managers on how to improve the efficiency of care delivery, and Ankota is excited to share our solutions.  Some of the improvements that agencies can make with the assistance of Ankota’s technology are as follows:

  • Reduce the time that caregivers spend on scheduling, determining where to go, and driving, allowing more time with patients.
  • Coordinate episodes of care so that all services are provided and billed, and no equipment is left behind
  • Communicate proactively with Family Members to improve relationships and cut down on “phone tag”
  • Track care delivery for paraprofessionals via telephony and smart phone applications to reduce paperwork while increasing compliance and reporting

Ankota made its public debut at the NAHC 15th Annual Financial Managers Conference in Boston last July and has since grown rapidly. “This is a celebration of our 1st birthday,” explained Ankota CEO Will Hicklen, “We’re so pleased with the welcome we’ve received by the home care community and look forward to helping the industry thrive.  Our focus on improving the quality and efficiency of care delivery continues to make us unique among software providers, but as the word spreads, so does the value we deliver."

Please visit Ankota at booth 908.

About NAHC

NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. Simply put, NAHC is the one organization dedicated to making home care and hospice providers lives easier.

About Ankota

Ankota is a leading service provider of innovative, technology-based software for home care management.  The company is a pioneer of next generation SaaS solutions for Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM), Private Duty, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Physical Therapy and Home Infusion markets.  Ankota is committed to improving the quality and efficiency of health care outside the hospital setting.

Ankota's suite of solutions includes: "delivery model" optimization - automating complex scheduling requirements; telephony and web-based tracking of patient visits and health status; paperless trails for supervision and audits; billing systems integration; and accurate, real-time reporting.  Ankota's Family Connect, a secure web-based tool, ensures patient families are always one click away from knowing their relative's health and well-being. 

Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. For more information please go to http://www.ankota.com/.

Topics: Elderly Care, Home Health Aide Software, Home Care Best Practices, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Mobile Solutions, NAHC

ANKOTA LAUNCHES FAMILY COMMUNICATION TOOL TRACKING LOVED ONE'S HEALTH

Posted by Ken Accardi

May 26, 2010 1:59:00 PM

Family Connect Provides Secured Information for Home Care Patients

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (May 26, 2010) -  Ankota, Inc., a Healthcare SaaS company, has launched Family Connect, an innovative software product that enables healthcare professionals and homecare agencies to provide real-time information to family members about their loved ones' health and well-being.  Taking as little as 3 minutes a week per patient, an agency can provide critical information directly to families - monitoring data such as activity level, state of mental health, daily routines, exercise, overall energy, eating habits and week-to-week changes.  Secured updates are sent via e-mail or text, to all authorized family members at once, whether they live close-by or across the country.  Family Connect includes the Quick Connect feature for instant, urgent family updates at any time.

Link to Family Connect Page

According to Will Hicklen, Ankota CEO and co-founder, Family Connect offers families much needed peace of mind.  "When patients receive at-home care, it is often challenging for family members to track the progress of their loved one in a meaningful way. What Family Connect really does is help relieve the anxiety and pressure from family members. They are receiving information about their loved one which can help them make more informed healthcare decisions," said Hicklen. 

Key features of Family Connect - it is instant and simultaneous.  It is challenging for healthcare professionals to keep family members abreast of health updates on their loved ones when schedules demand visits to other patients and tasks requiring immediate attention.  Family Connect affords home healthcare professionals the ability to reach out to multiple family members in real-time alleviating missed phone calls.  In addition, healthcare professionals are able to view feedback or questions posed by family members and reply to them right away. 

Added Hicklen, "We are the first healthcare IT company to offer this vital service to our homecare clients and we know Family Connect will make a difference in the services they provide to patients and families."

About Ankota:  Ankota is a leading service provider of innovative, technology-based software for home care management.  The company is a pioneer of next generation SaaS solutions for Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM), Private Duty, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), and Home Infusion markets.  Ankota is committed to improving the quality and efficiency of health care outside the hospital setting.

Ankota's suite of solutions includes: "delivery model" optimization - automating complex scheduling requirements; telephony and web-based tracking of patient visits and health status; paperless trails for supervision and audits; billing systems integration; and accurate, real-time reporting.  Ankota's Family Connect, a secure web-based tool, ensures patient families are always one click away from knowing their relative's health and well-being. 

Founded in 2008, Ankota, Inc. is based in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. For more information please go to http://www.ankota.com/.

Topics: Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, Ankota Product Release, Video