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NTOCC Webinar: Optimizing Patient Care Transitions

Posted by Will Hicklen

Nov 8, 2013 11:47:00 AM

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Webinar: Optimizing Patient Care Transitions - Technology Trends & Innovation

Wednesday, November 13, Noon - 12:45pm EST

Join NTOCC's Health IT Innovations Task Force for a complimentary webinar as we examine trends in technology and enable you anticipate how these innovations will accelerate Transitions of Care (TOC) initiatives.

Click Here to View Recorded Webinar


Technology is one of the hottest and most asked about topics among NTOCC's Seven Essential Elements of Care Transitions; its usage will either enable efficient, scalable TOC programs or prevent them from being successful.  The pace of change in this area is tremendous; join us to explore trends and the emergence of health care "ecosystems."

Leaders from the NTOCC community will present these topics, including: 


Cheri Lattimer, Executive Director, NTOCC
Will Hicklen, CEO, Ankota
Matt Tanzer, CCO, RightCare Solution


 

Learn More About How Ankota Technology Is Used to Manage Care Transitions

 


Topics: transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, NTOCC

NTOCC, Ankota and RightCare Announce Health IT Innovations Task Force

Posted by Will Hicklen

Oct 23, 2013 7:30:00 AM

NTOCC IT Innovations Task Force

Released Wednesday, October 16, 2013 

National Transitions of Care Coalition, Ankota and RightCare Launch Health IT Innovations Task Force

Healthcare Technology Companies Ankota and RightCare Solutions Partner with NTOCC as Founding Members

The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions throughout the healthcare system, has announced the establishment of the NTOCC Healthcare IT Innovations Task Force.  In bringing together healthcare technology thought leaders which offer new, innovative or emerging solutions for care transitions challenges, NTOCC and Task Force members will work toward the shared vision of advancing transitions of care (TOC) issues and improving patient outcomes and care quality.

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, NTOCC Executive Director, says, “Managing transitions of care requires new and innovative technologies, and I am excited to see this dynamic and diverse group of innovative leaders working with NTOCC to identify possible solutions.”

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Healthcare software companies RightCare Solutions, Inc. and Ankota, Inc. have signed on to be charter Task Force members, partnering with NTOCC to leverage shared organizational goals in healthcare technology.  The Task Force is comprised of leading and innovative technology companies focused on care transitions.  This complementary and diverse group will utilize their expertise in creating TOC solutions to collaborate with the NTOCC Board of Directors and Health Information Technology (HIT) Workgroup to determining existing gaps in HIT and consider solutions to eliminate barriers to improved transitions.

“Technology innovation is always led by new entrants and upstarts,” says Ankota’s CEO, Will Hicklen. “I’m honored and thrilled to work on the Task Force with fellow charter member, RightCare Solutions, and with NTOCC ’s members in one of the most collaborative organizations I’ve ever seen.”

“With so much noise and clutter in the care transitions technology space, it’s impossible to expect clinicians to stay abreast of what’s truly innovative and transformative.  I’m excited to play a role in informing and educating the NTOCC membership about these paradigm-shifting technologies, and I too am honored to join Will and Ankota as one of the two charter members of this very promising task force,” says Matt Tanzer, Chief Commercial Officer at RightCare Solutions, who is also the co-chair of NTOCC’s HIT Workgroup.

RightCare Solutions and Ankota will present the technology session at NTOCC’s upcoming Regional Transitions of Care Summit in Atlanta, GA on October 17.

The Healthcare IT Innovations Task Force is open to technology companies focused on care transitions; for additional information, contact NTOCC by visiting http://www.ntocc.org/ContactUs.aspx.

About the National Transitions of Care Coalition

The National Transitions of Care Coalition is a 501(c)(4) dedicated to addressing a serious U.S. healthcare issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting. These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery; or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities.  Working in conjunction with 450 Associate Member organizations and over 4,000 individual professional subscribers, NTOCC has developed tools and resources made available to everyone in the healthcare industry including providers, payors, patients and consumers.   For more information, visit www.NTOCC.org and follow the Coalition on Twitter @NTOCC.

About Ankota

Ankota technology organizes providers into health care "Ecosystems" to efficiently Plan, Coordinate and Deliver care and effectively manage Care Transitions. More than 1400 providers ranging from large health systems to post-acute providers use Ankota’s Care Coordination Platform, making it the largest and fastest growing platform of its kind. For more information, visit Ankota at Ankota.com.

About RightCare Solutions

The RightCare software is the culmination of a decade-long proprietary research program, known as D2S2, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  The software risk-stratifies patients at admission, prioritizes clinician workflow, and automates post-acute care transitions, all within a health system’s existing technological framework. In 2013 alone tens of thousands of patients have already benefitted from the software, reducing 30- and 60-day all-cause hospital readmissions by 29%.  Visit RightCareSolutions.com or @TeamRightCare on Twitter for more information. 

To contact Ankota about Care Transitions technology or schedule a demo, click the blue button below 

 

Ankota Technology to Manage Transitions of Care

Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, NTOCC

NTOCC Transitions of Care Summit Series Continues in Atlanta 10/17/13

Posted by Will Hicklen

Oct 15, 2013 2:18:00 PM

Ankota CEO Will Hicklen To Speak at the National Transitions of Care Coalition Summit in Atlanta, GA on October 17, 2013.

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The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) is an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions throughout the healthcare system. Hicklen and NTOCC will jointly announce the establishment of the NTOCC Healthcare IT Innovations Task Force and discuss its mission and objectives. Joining Will Hicklen will be Matt Tanzer, Chief Commercial Officer of RightCare Solutions, and co-chair of the NTOCC Health Information Technology Workgroup. Hicklen and Tanzer will also deliver a joint presentation on the emergence Healthcare Ecosystems and new technologies to support Care Transitions initiatives. 

Location:

Loudermilk Conference Center - Ballroom
40 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The NTOCC Regional Transitions of Care Summit in Atlanta will raise awareness about the challenges of poor transitions, promote solutions and highlight products and services innovative companies are developing to improve transitions. This one day event will bring together health care professionals, patient and caregiver advocates, and policy makers with NTOCC thought leaders and partner representatives to discuss effective solutions and highlight emerging resources. To learn more or to regsiter to attend in Atlanta, click the NTOCC logo above or click here.

The regional Summits are held in different US sites throughout the year, and culminate with the National Transitions of Care Summit in Washington, DC on December 2, 2013. for more information about the National Transitions of Care Summit click here

Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions, Population Health

Ankota CEO Featured at Transitions of Care Summit at Cleveland Clinic

Posted by Will Hicklen

Aug 14, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Ankota CEO Will Hicklen to present "The Rise of Health Care Ecosystems" at National Transitions of Care Coalition Summit at Cleveland Clinic September 25, 2013

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In Cleveland, Hicklen will discuss the emergence of Health Care Ecosystems to better manage Care Trasitions and support new, highly collaborative models of care. The presentation will feature examples of other industries that have already undergone similar transformations while dealing with many of the same issues involving security, productivity, and collaboration. Following the presentation, Hicklen will participate in a panel discussion with fellow thought leaders and technologists including Matt Tanzer, Chief Commercial Officer of RigthCare Solutions.

View the full agenda for the Cleveland Transitions of Care Summit here.

Transitions of Care Coalition

NTOCC hosts a series of Transitions of Care Summits each year to raise awareness about the challenges of poor transitions, promote NTOCC-developed solutions and highlight products and services innovative companies are developing to improve transitions. These one day events bring together health care professionals, patient and caregiver advocates, and policy makers with NTOCC thought leaders and partner representatives to discuss effective solutions and highlight emerging resources.

Who should attend: Health Care professionals leading Care Transitions projects, Avoidable Reamissions programs, Accountable Care Organizations, and Senior Executives from hospitals health systems. Also, Executive management from post acute providers such as home health care, physical therapy, home medical equipment delivery, and more.

Click here for more information about the Summit or here to register to attend. To learn more about NTOCC or to join, click here  

Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, NTOCC, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO

Ankota CEO Hicklen Named Among Region's Top 10 Tech CEOs

Posted by Will Hicklen

Mar 8, 2013 11:47:00 AM

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Ankota is proud to announce that the company's CEO, Will Hicklen, has been named among the Mid-Atlantic region's Top 10 Tech CEOs in the March 2013 issue of SmartCEO Magazine. Hicklen is the only CEO of a Health IT or mHealth company to receive the distinction.
"This really is a recognition of the team's execution as things have taken off," said Hicklen. Explaining further, "We sought first to develop a web-based, mobile software platform for post acute care providers to help them improve productivity immediately and reduce operating expenses. The long term strategy has always been to develop into an enterprise class solution to coordinate entire ecosystems of providers -- this "ecosystem" model better supports Care Transitions, Population Health, and Medical Home models. It includes Hospitals and Accountable Care Organizations, by integrating care planning and coordination with care delivery. That is a real challenge to do in an otherwise disconnected world and this award is really about the entire team at Ankota getting us there."
This recognition comes on the heels of the company's early success, as Ankota was also named SmartCEO's HOT STARTUP in 2010 and appeared in the May issue that year, see news release here.
More about the award: SmartCEO profiles the region's Top 10 Tech firms and their CEOs for their thoughts on the tech industry and technology trends, and solicits advice for other CEOs. The interview with Will Hicklen can be read in the March 2013 issue of SmartCEO (p.68).
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Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, mHealth, Patient Centered Medical Home

Ankota CEO to Deliver Keynote Address at National ACO Expo

Posted by Will Hicklen

Sep 27, 2012 1:57:00 PM

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Ankota CEO and co-founder Will Hicklen to deliver keynote address at the National ACO Expo, November 15-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Contact Ankota for Accountable Care Solutions

In Accountable Care: Organizing Provider Ecosystems, Ankota CEO Will Hicklen discusses the rapid organization of provider "ecosystems," with focus on the role that post-acute services plays to reduce avoidable readmissions and closely align with ACO-driven programs of care such as Care Transitions, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Community Based Care Management (CBCM), and more. Following predictable patterns that other networked industries have followed as they matured, "Ecosystems" of post acute providers will serve as a primary delivery model for care that is increasingly delivered outside of Hospitals. Topics covered will include steps providers can take immediately to position themselves to be a valued part of the ecosystem. The audience will include ACOs, Hospitals, post acute providers of all types, and primary care. 

The ACO Expo focuses on collaboration between ACOs and providers of post acute care. Hospitals across the country are implementing strategies intended to improve the quality of care processes within their facilities with varying degrees of success. However, one common need in most every health system is to improve the coordination of care between hospitals, primary care, and within the post acute continuum. This collaboration between hospitals, physicians and other post acute providers, along with the sharing of successful ideas and strategies, is the focus and purpose of the ACO Expo.

Contact Ankota for Accountable Care Solutions

Date: November 15-16, 2012

Location: Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Registration http://www.accountablecareexpo.com/Events.html  

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Topics: Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, ACO Technology

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 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 TO SHOWCASE PRIVATE DUTY SOFTWARE AT NPDA LAS VEGAS

Posted by Ken Accardi

Feb 28, 2011 4:23:00 PM

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (February 28, 2011) -  The National Private Duty Association will be holding their 9th AnnualNPDA Logo Leadership Conference March 2-4 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Exhibitors, including Ankota, Inc., will be on hand to showcase their latest products and services aimed at providing private duty professionals with technology that will allow them to provide better patient care and cut costs.  (Ankota will be located at booth #43 at the conference.)

To get a flavor for the NPDA experience, please watch this short video:

NPDA - Vegas Baby from Ankota, Inc. on Vimeo.

"Ankota is excited to exhibit for our second year at NPDA ," says Ankota CEO and co-founder Will Hicklen. "Our packaging and pricing is suitable for both full and part time staff, with simple or complex needs, and addresses the Private Duty market with a scalable, easy to use solution that offers immediate return on investment." The package includes:

  • Caregiver management (candidates and active workers)
  • Comprehensive Care Planning
  • Scheduling and assignment management
  • Telephony & Mobile Resource Tracking
  • Real-time escalation of Care Concerns
  • Work Tracking & Reporting
  • FamilyConnect to keep distant family members in the loop
  • Billing with Quickbooks Integration
  • Payroll with ADP integration

According to Kim Stoneking, Executive Director for the National Private Duty Association, "The National Private Duty Association is very pleased to have Ankota as a supporter and an associate member of the NPDA. We believe the services they offer for the betterment of care givers will be of interest to the membership."

About Ankota: Ankota is the pioneering company in the field of Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM), focused on improving the quality and efficiency of health care outside of the hospital. HDM is a process-centric, technology-enabled approach to managing the "delivery model," automating complex scheduling requirements and optimizing scarce resources such as people, time, equipment, and supplies.

Ankota's Private Duty offering adds to the company's suite of solutions that help companies plan, coordinate and deliver care outside of the hospital setting. Ankota's HDM suite already serves Home Health, Medical Equipment (HME/DME), Respiratory Therapy (RT) and Infusion. HDM solutions are integrated, scalable for small to large businesses, and available via subscription.

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

Topics: Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, Will Hicklen, NPDA, Home Care Scheduling Software

ANKOTA NAMED AS FINALIST FOR "THE INNOVATOR AWARD"

Posted by Ken Accardi

Feb 23, 2011 11:16:00 AM

By the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council

Baltimore, MD, February 23, 2011 -  Ankota was named as a finalist for "The Innovator Award" for 2011 by the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council.  The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWQ which is located at 1110 Old Elkridge Laning Road in Linthicum Heights MS 21090.

This award program, initiated in 2005, honors the regions top technology companies.  To learn more about the award program, including sponsors and past winners, click here.  To see the complete announcement of finalists, click here.

CRTC 2011 Tech Award Finalist Ankota

Ankota CEO, Will Hicklen, commented, "It's an honor to be named as a finalist for this prestigious award that has recognized innovative and successful technology players from our region.  Our innovations in the delivery of healthcare are bearing fruit and allowing better care to be delivered at lower cost, which is a reward unto itself."

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.

Topics: Elderly Care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Announcements, Will Hicklen