From an evolution standpoint, the methods for information transfer and communication have come a long way from the days of the telegraph. Up until the 1990s, the fax machine was the most widely used communication device in almost all industries. The 21st century ushered in a new age of mobile and web-based communication tools. The American healthcare system, however, remains stuck in the past. As it stands, approximately 75% of all medical communication still takes place via fax. While an overwhelming majority of clinics, hospitals, and post-acute care (PAC) providers have digitized their patient records, the means to share this electronic information across different healthcare settings proves difficult.
Collaborating across the continuum of care is becoming increasingly important, a point crystallized by one health care technology company’s rapid growth—and success in bringing together some of the nation’s largest home health and private duty providers, as well as rehabilitation companies and health systems.
enTouch continues to expand network across Chicago to enhance care in the home
PreparedHealth today announced that Crystal Home Health Care has joined the enTouch Network. Crystal Home Health Care is a Medicare Certified, Joint Commission Accredited company specializing in skilled home health services to Chicago and surrounding suburban areas.
Progressive nursing facilities are evolving to operate more similarly to hospitals due to growing engagement in bundled payment arrangements and a devotion to improved patient outcomes. This shift in outcome ownership and shared financial responsibility has led to a need for more efficient patient transitions and increased visibility after the point of discharge. With a national presence, a predominate SNF partnered with enTouch to drive real-time communication with their internal service lines and downstream partners to focus on these goals. Within one year, the project’s primary skilled nursing facility saw rehospitalizations reduced by half.
Centegra Health System opted to participate in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. But at first, it wasn't sure how it was going to track, chart and monitor a patient's progress throughout a full 90-day episode of care.
Join us for an inside look at the enTouch implementation at Centegra Health System. Centegra began using enTouch for improved communication with post-acute providers around their high-risk BPCI patients.
Expands the New Jersey market and brings new tools to enhance communication and visibility across the care continuum
With the burgeoning aging population in America, the number of people living with chronic and complex medical conditions continues to rise. A higher disease burden translates to an in increase in hospitalizations as these seniors are at greater risk of developing acute illnesses. But what happens after the hospital stay?