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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 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).

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

Ankota CTO to Speak at Medtrade on HME Technology Strategy

Posted by Will Hicklen

Oct 26, 2011 1:18:00 PM

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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 CTO Ken Accardi Featured in Babson Fast Track MBA

Posted by Will Hicklen

Oct 12, 2011 4:16:00 PM

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Ankota's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder, Ken Accardi, was featured today in a session with prospective MBA students, hosted by Babson's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

"It is my pleasure to give back to Babson however I can and I enjoy helping prospective students discover what a Babson MBA can do for them," said Accardi. Ken Accardi is known by fellow "Ankotians" and Ankota's customers and partners as a real technical visionary who knows how to lead a team and operationalize a mission. He just gets the difficult things done, and that is one of the many great characteristics of a Babson MBA.

For more information about the Babson Fast Track MBA, contact Karena Paukulis MBAadmission@babson.edu or 1-781-239-6191

 

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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

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 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.

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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