d-Wise Technologies Partners with Futrix Health to Deliver Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence Platform for Population Risk Management

d-Wise Technologies, a leading life science and healthcare technology solution provider and Futrix Health, a leading healthcare business analytic software solution provider, announced today that they have signed a formal partnership to provide consulting, implementation and integration services for Futrix Health - a Risk-Management Solutions Platform - throughout the United States and Europe.

Futrix Health is a revolutionary data analysis solution for payers, providers, and other healthcare organizations that require population-based metrics for analyzing complex and disparate healthcare data. Data analytics for population risk management and business intelligence (BI) remain a primary focus for the healthcare industry—both in terms of delivering effective outcomes and getting ever-escalating costs under control.

The Futrix Health platform features flexible, “drill-anywhere” self-service business intelligence coupled with an analytic engine that empowers users to create virtually any kind of measure, grouping, or viewpoint and then freely analyze it across all relevant data sources. d-Wise specializes in delivering technology solutions and services to support data management, data warehousing, programming, analytics, and reporting. Over the past decade d-Wise has earned a reputation for exacting quality through numerous technology implementations by leveraging an extensive knowledge of SAS, systems implementation, integration and validation.

The ACA allows and encourages states to create health insurance exchanges (HIE) designed to make health insurance more competitive and affordable. These health exchanges provide a treasure-trove of primary data. To leverage that data asset, states can create their own business intelligence (BI) platform, utilize third-party self-service analytics, or make a substantial investment in one of the major solution providers of business intelligence and predictive modeling. The d-Wise/Futrix Health Risk Management solution provides a unique and affordable alternative that can rapidly deliver new insights and business value.

“Futrix Health’s Risk Management solution platform’s business focus, ease-of-use and affordability made a formal partnership quite attractive for d-Wise,” said Jack Shoemaker, VP Healthcare Practice, d-Wise. The platform has many advanced features that make it ideal for the analysis of population-based metrics. “We’re excited to be partnering with Futrix Health to help deliver this solution to the healthcare market, where we can leverage our extensive knowledge of SAS as well as our experience with healthcare systems, processes and data to deliver a complete self-service business intelligence platform.”

“The combination of d-Wise’s healthcare and risk management domain expertise along with the Futrix Health’s game changing healthcare analytic functionality provides a powerful solution for the healthcare industry,” adds Jack Duncan, CEO of Futrix Americas.

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Kinnser Begins Major Product Expansion with New Software for Hospice

Kinnser Software, creator of the most widely used software solutions for home healthcare, announces a major product expansion that begins with a completely new solution for hospice. Kinnser Hospice™ has been developed in collaboration with a select group of successful hospices and post-acute consultants. It is the company’s latest addition to an increasingly comprehensive set of solutions that increase efficiency and improve patient care. Kinnser Hospice leverages the proven features of Kinnser’s popular solutions Agency Manager™ and Therapy Manager™, but is specifically designed for hospice. The software includes patient-centric intake and scheduling, comprehensive clinical charting, Medicare billing, and many additional tools to help hospices focus on compassionate care without sacrificing their need to be successful businesses.

“We’ve been asked countless times – ‘Why can’t you do for hospice what you’ve done for home health?’” says Chris Hester, president and founder of Kinnser Software. “Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing – with the same ease of use, efficient workflows, and unshakeable commitment to quality care. Whether a hospice is struggling with a poor solution or is considering software for the first time, they shouldn’t make a move without seeing the innovation Kinnser will introduce in a few weeks. They’ll be glad they waited.”

Demand for hospice care is high, with more than 1.65 million people receiving services annually. This demand is reflected in the growing number of hospice programs, which increased from 4500 in 2007 to more than 5300 today. Despite this growth, hospices continue to struggle with software solutions that are not designed for them.

Most currently available solutions for hospice were originally designed for other parts of healthcare and poorly adapted for hospice. This has resulted in awkward workflow, frustrated users, poor financial performance, and a less than optimal experience for patients and families. Kinnser took a different, discovery-based approach by collaborating with successful hospices and knowledgeable consultants to create the definitive software for hospice.

Diann Verdugo, RN, Clinical Supervisor of Sea Crest Hospice, Inc. is one of the participants in this process. “We are thrilled to be working so closely with Kinnser to create Kinnser Hospice, a solution we truly believe will help our agency be more efficient and productive,” says Verdugo. “We can’t wait to get some hands-on experience with it as part of Kinnser’s early access program.”

Kinnser Hospice begins an early access program with a select group of customers this month. The solution will be available to the general market later this year.

“Kinnser’s approach to designing and developing their new hospice solution is unique in the industry. Through my involvement with Kinnser in the discovery phase of development, I’ve provided industry insight and guidance that I am confident will help Kinnser Hospice become a very impressive solution,” said Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C, Founder at Provider Insights, Inc. Kinnser Hospice is part of a major product expansion by Kinnser to support the success of healthcare businesses and improve patient care.

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Yarmouth Argyle Leverages Mobile Application Platform to Support Rapid Growth

Yarmouth Argyle Leverages Mobile Application Platform to Support Rapid Growth

  • Nova Scotia Home Health Leader Increases Direct Care with Mobile Technology Solution from CellTrak™.

Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services (YAHSS) is a non-profit service provider funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, serving people who need ongoing care outside of hospital, either on a long-term or short-term basis. The talented and caring team at YAHSS cares for an average daily census of approximately 300 clients and completes approximately 60,000 visits to their clients each year.

The goal of YAHSS is to support clients in their own homes to maintain their independence as long as possible. YAHSS has been rapidly expanding their agency to address the growing demand for their services. Management has been steadfast in growing direct client care, with little increase in administration or overhead. Importantly, YAHSS needed immediate access to data on an easy to use and cost effective mobile platform to provide security and real-time communications for YAHSS’s Continuing Care Assistants that could interface with their own homegrown EMR system. YAHSS selected the CellTrak VisitManager™ solution with its real-time GPS -location services, and also found the added benefits of administrative efficiency through the elimination of paper-based schedules, time sheets and expense reporting.

Jan Morrow, retiring Executive Director commented, “Our staff work extremely hard and have become an essential part of so many lives as we assist our clients in their homes. YAHSS is pleased in the results they have already seen with the use of CellTrak. We have new tools that give us access to improved data and real-time insight for the safety and security of our staff. Having real-time data has improved productivity and patient outcomes. Electronic documentation has sufficiently increased efficiency and workflow. Working on a mobile platform has kept us connected within our rapidly growing organization”

Heather MacDonald, incoming Executive Director, commented, “Though we expected to see a degree of improved efficiencies in our procedures, we did NOT anticipate that it would eliminate 60% of our first-level workload assignments tech work. This is the level at which scheduling can easily become buried and we need to “talk schedulers off the ledge”! We have established a number of procedural steps, and while working with our own IT supports as well as those from CellTrak, our data sorting capability has now become much more user-friendly as a working tool. We’re further looking to be able to use these tools more effectively in our monthly reporting and data management.”

MacDonald added, “The Agency has needed this savings in paid time for more sophisticated data work, though now it means we won’t need to increase our FTE’s for tech proportionately to our workload increase. This will allow the Agency to look at much needed RN support with the increased volume of service authorizations being received. We attribute this “miracle” to CellTrak!”

Michael K. Wons , President and CEO of CellTrak shared “YAHSS have shown themselves to be a caring and thoughtful organization putting their people first,” Wons added, “we are pleased to be working with YAHSS staff to improve lone worker safety and provide mobile access to real-time scheduling, client information and electronic care documentation using BlackBerry smart phones across Nova Scotia.” CellTrak is the industry leader in mobile applications for home healthcare workers providing a full suite of workforce management capabilities.

In addition to the GPS features that keep workers safe, integrated visit verification and automated mileage tracking and expense calculations streamline administrative workflow saving time and increasing accuracy of results. Real-time access to data collection and documentation allow for better patient outcomes all from an easy to use solution running on a mobile device. The CellTrak Portal provides supervisors and managers with a real-time view of the organization; enabling data-driven quality measures, visit compliance and staff performance management.

About Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services

The mandate of the Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services Committee is to deal with any concerns that arise within and concerning Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services (YAHSS) and to ensure that YAHSS is equipped with the necessary resources to provide the following support services to the residents of the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipalities of Yarmouth and Argyle; Personal Care, Meal Preparation, Light Housekeeping, Sometimes Errands, Respite Visits, Palliative Care in clients’ homes. The goal of YAHSS is to support clients in their own homes to maintain their independence as long as possible.

About CellTrak Technologies

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patented software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly via our secure cloud based services making the data available real time where instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end scheduling, billing, clinical systems and the payer networks. Healthcare Workers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom deliver millions of successful visits every month via CellTrak. For more information please visit: www.celltrak.com

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