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Ankota CTO to Speak at Medtrade on HME Technology Strategy

Posted by Will Hicklen

Oct 26, 2011 1:18:00 PM

Medtrade 2011

October 26, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia:  Ken Accardi, Ankota's Chief Technology Officer and noted visionary, will present today on immediate opportunities and the role that HME / DME providers will play in rapidly evolving healthcare delivery models. With Competitive Bidding, Health Care reform, and the rise of Accountable Care Organizations, HMEs must adapt now to survive and grow. There are immediate and substantial savings available to those that do, effectively positioning them for integrated healthcare delivery models that rapidly approach.

Included in Mr. Accardi's presentation is the "HME Technology Booster Shot," which outlines specific steps that HMEs can take today to cut operating costs, scale operations, and position themselves to be relevant in Accountable Care models. Ken will also be featured on a Medtrade discussion panel titled "What can GPS Technology do for Your HME Business?" 

9:15-10:15am: HME Technology Booster Shot, room B305

10:30-11:30am: What Can GPS Technology Do For Your HME Business, room B305

For a copy of the presentation or to learn more about how technology can immediately improve your HME Business, click this orange button

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Topics: Care Coordination, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Scheduling Software, Leadership

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 will.hicklen@ankota.com

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

Ankota Announces Telephony Solution for Caretinuum

Posted by Will Hicklen

Sep 15, 2011 1:34:00 PM

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Ankota and Mediware  (NASDAQ: MEDW) announced today immediate availability of Ankota Telephony for Caretinuum, offering the software FREE OF CHARGE to current Caretinuum customers until October 31, 2011. Telephony usage fees apply are discounted for Mediware’s customers.

With the industry’s most advanced telephony solution, Ankota is the exclusive provider of telephony technology that is fully integrated with Caretinuum.  Customers use Ankota’s telephony for time tracking and interoperability with care plans, including checklists, full visit reviews, missed arrival alerts, and more.

Caretinuum customers can request more information or activate telephony features by contacting Ankota directly will.hicklen@ankota.com

 

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 www.mediware.com .

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Checklists, Home Care Mobile Solutions

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 EXHIBIT TO THE HME INDUSTRY AT MEDTRADE – BOOTH 230

Posted by Ken Accardi

Aug 23, 2010 1:07:00 PM

November 15th – 18th in Atlanta GA

Baltimore, MD: Ankota looks forward to exhibiting at the MedTrade Conference and Expo from November 15th – 18th.  The conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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MedTrade prides itself on “Connecting the HME Industry.”  Their conference, entitled THE NATIONAL HOME HEALTH CARE EXPOSITION TM continues to be the leader in serving the home health care marketplace by providing a forum to bring buyers and sellers together while offering educational development programs.

“Ankota’s solution is exactly what the HME industry needs at this time,” explained Ankota CEO Will Hicklen.  “Ankota offsets the extreme reimbursement pressure DME companies are facing by giving them the tools to increase their delivery capacity without increasing cost.”  Ankota’s software solution achieves this by providing delivery schedule optimization that saves the agency money in five different ways:

  • Assignments and routes are automatically calculated, saving each driver 45 minutes or more per day
  • Delivery routes are optimized, reducing driving miles, driving time, fuel costs and vehicle costs
  • Real-time changes to schedules can be accommodates with a drag-and-drop interface and simple tools to deal with emergency deliveries throughout the day.
  • Status is tracked in real-time, allowing back office workers to manage by exception rather than needing to follow-up on each delivery.  Ultimately this enables each back office worker to manage more field resources and can enable the agency to increase territories or product lines
  • The hosted solution with a growing number of automated integrations to inventory and billing systems eliminates the need for ongoing IT staff support

You can download an Ankota DME product brochure here.

Please visit Ankota at booth 230.

About MedTrade

Medtrade and Medtrade Spring are produced by Nielsen Business Media, a part of the Nielsen Company.  Nielsen Business Media is a full service event management company that professionally operates, arranges, organizes and sponsors trade shows, expositions, conferences, conventions and meetings for associations, corporations and government entities. Nielsen is also one of the world's largest leading publishing and information companies and has leading marketing positions in consumer magazines, directories and information services, business information as well as educational publishing.

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: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Scheduling Software, Product Information

ANKOTA RELEASE PRODUCT SUITE FOR HME, DME and RT

Posted by Ken Accardi

Oct 5, 2009 5:28:00 PM

Homecare Efficiency Software Now Optimized for Medical Equipment Delivery  

Baltimore, MD --(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - Ankota, Inc. a Baltimore, MD-based software company, announced today the release of the Ankota Healthcare Delivery Management (HDM) software suite for Home Medical Equipment (HME), Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Respiratory Therapy (RT).  The software helps these organizations improve the efficiency of their deliveries, saving up to 30% in delivery costs, greening the environment by using less gasoline, and increasing customer satisfaction through increased responsiveness.

This new solution brings the same caliber of scheduling capability to home medical equipment that consumers and businesses experience when they get packages via FedEx or UPS.  The Ankota solution is optimized for health care, where urgent delivery needs can arise at any time and need to be integrated with the rest of the work.  The system also offers a care planning capability so when, for example, an oxygen patient requires monthly supplies and periodic inspections of their equipment, each of these visits can be planned well in advance.  Then each time a new appointment is scheduled for a delivery, the system knows when a driver is already going to the same neighborhood and schedules the delivery accordingly.

"Ankota will help thousands who are sick, recovering from hospitalization, or fighting an everyday battle against chronic illness at home" explained Ankota CEO Will Hicklen.  "Adding the coordination of equipment delivery into our product is another key step in fulfilling our mission to improve care coordination at home."  The Ankota product for HME, DME and RT complements existing Ankota products for home care and private duty nursing.

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 http://www.ankota.com/.

Topics: RT, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Ankota Product Release