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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

ANKOTA AND CARECENTRIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Posted by Will Hicklen

Dec 6, 2010 12:12:00 PM

 Ankota Care Centric Partnership

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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 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, INC. NAMED HOT STARTUP

Posted by Ken Accardi

May 5, 2010 11:50:00 AM

Ankota's rapid rise and relentless focus on ROI for its customers is recognized in SmartCEO Magazine's Annual Circle of Excellence Awards
 
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - "We are thrilled to be named the HOT STARTUP by SmartCEO Magazine," said company CEO and co-founder, Will Hicklen. "SmartCEO follows the most dynamic companies in the Mid-Atlantic region-this is an exciting recognition that we are growing a successful company that addresses immediate needs for home healthcare companies," said Hicklen. SmartCEO's Circle of Excellence Awards event will be held on May 12, 2010 at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore from 6:00-9:00p.m. Several customers and leaders in the healthcare community will join Ankota in the celebration.

SmartCEO Awards Ankota Hot Startup of 2010

"The secret to Ankota's early success is its relentless focus on immediate ROI for its clients-something the struggling healthcare industry can embrace," writes Jeanine Clingenpeel in the May 2010 feature story. Ankota's technology is usually self-funding in the first quarter of use. Customers typically see immediate reductions in certain operating expenses, increase their capacity with existing staff, and accelerate billing by days or even weeks.
 
"Circle of Excellence winners are not only selected and honored for their accomplishments, but for demonstrating success in applying unique leadership attributes that significantly benefits their business and the community," said Craig Burris, Publisher at SmartCEO Magazine. "We are honored to recognize Will Hicklen as one of Greater Baltimore's standout leaders." The full article is available online http://www.smartceo.com/content/digitalba0510
Hicklen credits the company's early success to an all-star leadership team that includes Dr. Hunter Young, a physician at Johns Hopkins and the company's Chief Medical Officer, Ken Accardi, Chief Technology Officer and veteran CIO from GE Healthcare, and Marc Ottinger, formerly of Anderson Consulting, who is COO. Ankota is Hicklen's fourth software startup, the last, iLumin, was successfully sold to Computer Associates.
 
The idea for Ankota came to Will while helping his wife, Sandy, during her three year battle with cancer. Hicklen's frustrations over coordinating her care illuminated an inefficient system with tremendous opportunity to improve care planning and execution.
 
His 20+ years experience with supply chain technologies and business performance management gave him a unique perspective. "There are great people in healthcare who are very committed to what they do, but they are saddled with a system that forces them to spend time doing unproductive things. This is incredibly inefficient and costly to the system." Adding, "These are problems that we have solved in other industries."
 
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.

Customers include Home Health Care, Private Duty, Home Infusion, Respiratory Therapy, Home Medical Equipment (HME/DME) providers, and more.

Founded in 2008 and launched in 2009, 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: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Health Aide Software, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Announcements, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care Scheduling Software, Home Care Dispatch

ANKOTA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ANKOTA HDM FOR PRIVATE DUTY HOME CARE

Posted by Ken Accardi

Jan 20, 2010 10:09:00 AM

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (January 18, 2010) -  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million people are currently employed in the Private Duty Home Health Care market and it is expected to add more than 400,000 jobs over the next ten years.  One of the major challenges facing these professionals is the lack of a comprehensive software solution that can cost effectively and efficiently address the specific needs of their industry.   Ankota, Inc. now provides a specific management system for this segment of the healthcare industry and they will be unveiling it at the 5th Annual Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit and Expo taking place January 24-26 in Phoenix.  (They will be located at booth 21 at the conference.)

"Private Duty companies have been technology-starved for many years and we wanted to help them improve their systems and therefore improve their patient care ," 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:

  • Comprehensive Care Planning
  • Scheduling and Resource Optimization
  • Telephony & Mobile Resource Tracking
  • Real-time escalation of Care Concerns
  • Work Tracking & Reporting
  • A Virtual Logbook for Distant Family Members
  • Billing

Hicklen added, "To thrive in this growing market, the companies with the tools to deliver operational excellence will be the ones who win. Every company we talk to is concerned about their ability to grow profitability, and we can help that immediately."

According to Bill Dombi, Esq., Vice President of Legal Affairs of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and Director for the Center for Health Care Law in Washington, DC, "We are in a new environment that demands companies become more efficient and coordinate care better, with increasing levels of accountability.  We are excited about the emergence of new technologies to improve productivity in our industry and pleased to welcome Ankota to the 5th Annual Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit & Expo."

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: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Home Care Scheduling Software, Ankota Product Release, NAHC