Four Seasons Launches Hospice Telehealth Pharmacy Program

North Carolina-based hospice and palliative care provider Four Seasons has launched a pilot telehealth-based pharmacy program that will include a virtual pharmacist system for patients who live in rural areas of their home state. Four Seasons will be collaborating with pharmacy benefit manager Delta Care Rx on the project. Telehealth is becoming increasingly important for […]

Predictive Analytics Can Help Hospices Reach Patients Sooner

Predictive analytics systems are gaining ground in the hospice and palliative care fields as a means to identify patients in need of service earlier in the course of their illness. Providers and payers are increasingly using these systems to build their census and ensure that patients and families receive the right care at the right […]

Emmanuel Hospice Unveils Virtual Reality Program

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Emmanuel Hospice has launched a virtual reality program to bring patients additional relief and to differentiate their hospice from its competitors. Using a combination of virtual reality headsets, a handheld device and smartphone applications, patients can use the system to explore accurately depicted locales such as Paris or Amsterdam, as well as […]

Hospices Leverage Social Media Marketing

To compete in the increasingly competitive digital marketplace, hospice providers must become more sophisticated in their use of social media, experts say. Using these tools effectively helps develop and promote your brand, identify and attract prospective patients, and recruit good staff.  Social media offers marketing opportunities that few businesses can afford to underestimate or ignore, […]

As Technology Advances, Hospice Evolves

Hospice is in a state of flux. The industry is evolving with the changing health care landscape in terms of practice, payment models and the pervasive presence of technology. Hospices nationwide are leveraging technological advancement to improve their workflows, improve efficiency and enhance patient care. Technologies such as predictive analytics, telemedicine systems, artificial intelligence and […]

Hospices Engage Virtual Reality in Staff Training

An increasing number of hospice providers are incorporating virtual reality (VR) technology into their staff training. Hospice of Southern Maine is one of those organizations. In 2018, they were approached by Embodied Labs, one of the leading vendors of this technology in the health care space. The idea was to collaborate on a new VR […]

Brightree, CommonWell Partner to Improve Hospice, Home Health Interoperability

Health care IT company Brightree is partnering with CommonWell Health Alliance, an association of health IT companies, to improve access to hospice and home health patient documents and data via electronic medical record systems. Brightree is a wholly owned subsidiary of ResMed (NYSE: RMD). The partnership is designed to allow for speedier transfers of information […]

‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Hits 40% of Health Care Organizations

More that 40% of health care organizations have experienced a cyber attack involving the “WannaCry” ransomware cryptoworm within the past six months, according to a report by the cyber security firm Armis. Health care organizations, including hospices, continue to be the preferred target of cyber criminals who can glean patient names, insurance information, financial information, […]

Security Experts: Hospices Vulnerable to Cyber Crime

Health care organizations, including hospices, are the top target for cyber-criminals eager to obtain protected health information, insurance information, and patient identifiers. As technology is increasingly pervasive in hospice care, providers are seeking stronger methods to protect themselves and their patients, cyber security experts told Hospice News. A number of hospices have experienced serious data […]

CareCentrix, Turn-Key Partner to Expand Palliative Care

CareCentrix and Turn-Key Health are integrating their respective care management and predictive analytic platforms to help identify seriously ill patients in need of community-based palliative care. The companies are integrating the CareCentrix HomeBridge platform with Turn-Key’s Palliative Illness Management (PIM) application. The combined system will bring 200 million discharge records from the HomeBridge program into […]