COVID Driving Tech Innovations in Hospice

Hospices have increasingly leveraged technologies to support their clinical and business operations as they face challenges brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic may be accelerating a digital shift in operations as providers absorb COVID-19 impacts on technology utilization, with the business of hospice anticipated to run more virtually in coming years. The […]

Telepallative Care Benefits Patients, Helps Staff Achieve Work-Life Balance

Telehealth utilization has skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic, with hospice and palliative care providers increasingly exploring new avenues of care. Prior to the pandemic, staff burnout was among the factors that helped to drive telehealth forward as it slowly emerged from a few early adopters to become virtually essential during COVID-19. In March of this […]

Hospices Employ Screening Tools in Fight Against COVID-19 Spread

Hospices have ramped up screening procedures as the coronavirus pandemic continues sprawling across the country. Technology has played a key role in the fight against COVID-19 as new resources and methods become available to providers. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently announced a partnership with Atlanta-based WellEntry to develop a health […]

Hospices Increasingly Supplement Bereavement Care with Phone Apps

Hospices are embracing digital memory sharing platforms that are emerging worldwide to help support patients and their families through the dying process. These evolving technologies have made it possible for families and friends to memorialize loved ones through videos, audio recordings and various other media forms. Hospices are required by the U.S. Centers for Medicare […]

EHRs Help Providers Demonstrate Value-Based Hospice and Palliative Care

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are increasingly being tailored specifically to providers of end-of-life and seriously ill care as these industries move toward value-based care in the coming year ahead. Many hospice and palliative care providers have ramped up efforts to integrate electronic systems to stay competitive in a crowded marketplace and provide data-backed reporting […]

Alive Hospice Doubles Telemedicine Presence

Nashville-based Alive Hospice expanded the scale of its telemedicine programming as tornadoes and the coronavirus pandemic took the area by storm this spring. Technology has become an essential tool for many providers to continue caring for hospice patient populations at highest risk of coronavirus infection. Alive Hospice launched the Henry Hooker Alive Connect telehospice program […]

TPG Capital, Leonard Green & Partners to Share Ownership of WellSky

Health technology company WellSky and its parent company, the private equity firm TPG Capital, have signed a definitive agreement to bring on Leonard Green & Partners as a capital partner. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but TPG Capital will make a new equity investment in WellSky.  Leonard Green is a Los Angeles-based […]

Hospices Leverage Technology to Improve Client Relationships

Hospice providers are increasingly embracing customer relationship management (CRM) solutions to streamline communications with referral partners and improve connectivity to prospective patients. With communications and connectivity strained amid social distancing during COVID-19, the pandemic has impacted hospice provider relationships with both referral partners and patients. Hospices have increasingly turned to technology to reach patients sooner […]

Hospice Savannah Implements Virtual Reality Program for Patients

An increasing number of hospice providers are incorporating virtual reality (VR) technology into patient care to help reduce pain, anxiety and feelings of isolation. Hospice Savannah worked with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to create a VR program that has had positive impacts on patients and students alike. In collaboration with SCAD […]

Compassus Uses Tech to Speed Practitioner Onboarding, Reduce Costs

Post-acute care company Compassus has built new efficiencies into its onboarding procedures for newly hired nurse practitioners in its palliative care service line, accelerating the process and reducing costs. Compassus, which provides hospice and palliative care in addition to home health, has a national footprint. During the COVID-19 pandemic Compassus found it necessary to conduct […]