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Ankota CEO to Speak at National Transitions of Care Coalition Summit

Posted by Will Hicklen

Jul 10, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Ankota CEO Will Hicklen to Speak at National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) Summit in Nashville on July 18, 2013.

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"Collaborative Ecosystems of providers will emerge to better manage Care Transitions, and will rely on new, technology-led models of care. NTOCC and its member organizations are at the forefront of the design of these models," says Hicklen, adding, "and NTOCC Summits are a terrific forum for advancing them." Lessons from other industries will be presented that will help guide health care providers and technology organizations in the development of these new models.  

NTOCC News Release

On July 18, the National Transitions of Care Coalition comes to Nashville to host the Regional Nashville Transitions of Care Summit, a one day event that seeks to explore local challenges that present barriers to improved transitions, explore solutions in development by area organizations and highlight products and services innovative organizations are developing to improve transitions.

Summit sessions will feature representatives from Nashville-area quality and health care organizations, as well as nationally known experts in transitions of care issues.  Nashville Summit panelists and speakers include:

  • Betty DeBlasio, RN, Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist, QSource
  • Catherine Payne, MD, FHM, Chief Medical Informatics Officer & Chief of Internal Medicine, Erlanger Health System
  • Julie Appleton, AVP, HCA Physician Services Coding Operations
  • Will Hicklen, CEO, Ankota
  • Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, NTOCC Executive Director
  • Dr. H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, Asst. Professor, Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical

NTOCC's Regional Summits focus on TOC challenges and solutions within the region while also offering national insights into care transitions.  Next week's lunch presentation, Using Technology to Improve Transitions of Care, will provide an HIT perspective of care transitions:

Will Hicklen, CEO of Ankota, will talk about rapid shifts in technology and approaches to organizing and delivering care to support Care Transitions Initiatives as well as other cost and quality based programs. Hicklen makes the case that health care has already started on a path that is both predictable and necessary, and will discuss examples already proven in more complex industries such as aerospace and automotive. What do jets, cars and rockets have to do with health care? Find out here. The concept of leveraging “Healthcare Ecosystems” to better Plan, Coordinate and Deliver care will be clearly laid out and provide a framework that attendees can take back and build upon in their own Care Transitions Initiatives.

Limited space for the July 18th Summit in Nashville is available; visithttp://www.ntocc.org/Events/NashvilleTOCSummit/ScheduleAgenda.aspx for the full agenda andhttp://www.ntocc.org/Events/NashvilleTOCSummit/HowtoRegister.aspx to register today.  If you would like to download a one page PDF to share with your colleagues, click here.

Topics: Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, transitional care, Care Transitions

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 CTO mentors MedTech Entrepreneurs from France and Austria

Posted by Marc Ottinger

Dec 13, 2011 11:02:00 AM

When Ankota's CTO, Ken Accardi, asked for a day off last Friday I figured he was taking a long weekend vacation.  But no...  Ken travelled to New York city to mentor CEOs from European Medical Technology companies...

Ken worked at GE Healthcare with Mathieu Petitjean.  At the time, Ken was the ChiefMathieu Petitjean MedNest Information Officer (CIO) for GE's global service business and Mathieu was the Chief of Operations for Europe, the middle-east and Africa.  Today Mathieu runs the company MedNest which is an incubator for medical technologies, focused specifically on Convergence technologies that combine medical devices, pharmaceuticals and information technology.  One of MedNests programs assists medical technology companies from other nations to create partnerships and formulate market entry strategies for bringing their technology to the US.  The programs last week were organized in the New York metropolitan area and in Minnesota.  Ken previously worked with MedNest to organize a similar program for eHealth entrepreneurs in Boston (and with great help from Joe Ternullo from Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health).

Ken worked on Friday with CEOs from the Austrian Company Spantec, a maker of telehealth technology that is preconfigured so that installation in the home is just a matter of plugging it in.  Ken also worked with the French company Normind.  Normind has created a decision engine that can assist doctors in making the best possible medical decisions based on available case data.

"It's always great to work with intelligent entrepreneurs from around the world." explained Ken. "What a day is was, with meetings in the Austrian Embassy, the offices of Hodgson Russ overlooking time square, and the Maison de la Region Montpellier."

A press release issued today from the team in France is attached (click on the image below).


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: Health Care Reform, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, telehealth, Learning

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


Posted by Ken Accardi

Aug 9, 2010 4:40:00 PM

Combining Peer Support with Disease Management to Improve Drug Addiction Recovery Outcomes

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (August 9, 2010) -  Ankota, Inc., a Healthcare SaaS company, submitted an application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant.  The SBIR program was created, in the words of program founder Roland Tibbets: "to provide funding for some of the best early-stage innovation ideas -- ideas that, however promising, are still too high risk for private investors, including venture capital firms." For the purposes of the SBIR program, the term "small business" is defined as a for-profit business with fewer than 500 employees, owned by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the United States of America.

Ankota's grant application is entitled "Improving Peer Based Addiction Recovery Management through Information Technology." The premise of the research is that recovery from addiction is a long process that requires more than just addition recovery.  It also requires treatment of medical needs, and social needs to drive the lifestyle and behavior change that will ultimately lead to full recovery.  The approach combines peer support (such as  Narcotics Anonymous [NA]) and disease management techniques (used for acute issue recovery and chronic disease care).  This provides a framework for complete addiction recovery, but since it can take three to five years, automation is critical to keep things on track.

Collaborating with Ankota are the following:

  • Dr. J. Hunter Young, MD - Johns Hopkins
  • Dr. Maxine Stitzer - Johns Hopkins
  • The Center for Health Information and Decision Support (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland

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Ankota's mission is to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery outside of the hospital.  Ankota's commercial products are designed for home care agencies (private duty, home health, home physical therapy, home respiratory therapy, home infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, and medical equipment deliver including DME/HME).  This research extends home care to the new discipline of peer-based addiction recovery.

"It's exciting to apply our technology to leading edge medical research," explained Ankota Chief Technology Officer Ken Accardi.  "Plus we're confident that these models of care management will become both critical and prevalent when healthcare reform increases care coverage through Medicaid starting in 2014."

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: Home Care Industry, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Checklists