How Augmented Reality Helped AccentCare Improve Patient, Staff Satisfaction

AccentCare’s augmented reality (AR) hospice program has led to improved patient satisfaction and symptom management, along with benefits for staff. Augmented reality experiences can have spiritual and emotional impacts on terminally ill patients, as well as help alleviate anxiety, isolation. It can also help manage pain and other symptoms, according to Allison Ostashen, senior clinical […]

Telemedicine Linked to Health Care Cost Savings, Improved Quality

Research has found links between greater telemedicine utilization and improvements in health care access and quality, particularly among chronically ill populations. A recent Health Affairs study has dug into the quality and cost impacts of telehealth utilization during the pandemic. Researchers examined more than 5.5 million beneficiaries with continuous enrollment in traditional Medicare who received […]

How Coastal Hospice Improved Clinical Outcomes with AI

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care recently began exploring ways to improve clinical outcomes during the last days of life, an important quality measure in end-of-life care. Established in 1980, Maryland-based […]

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Develops Virtual Reality Hospice, Palliative Training Partnership

Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently partnered with the tech company Jolly Good Inc. to develop a virtual reality training program aimed at improving communication skills among serious illness and end-of-life care professionals. The ability to communicate with seriously ill patients and their families is an important part of providing quality care at various points […]

Understanding Policymakers’ Frame of Reference Crucial to Hospice, Palliative Care Advocacy

Axxess founder and CEO John Olajide discovered a passion for both business and technology at an early age, and in time, saw opportunities to leverage those interests to help modernize health care. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajide’s first job involved handling money for his family’s wholesale and retail distribution business. Consequently, matters of management and […]

Avanlee Care Joins Forces with Major Retailer on Caregiver Support

Avanlee Care has teamed up with a national retail company to allow families in certain markets to order groceries, health or pharmacy products through its caregiver support mobile app. Beginning in February, the app also will include curated shopping lists specific to seniors’ health needs, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium or diabetic-friendly groceries, or post-surgery […]

Studies: Virtual Reality Shows Promise in Palliative Care

More providers are investing in virtual reality (VR) programs as a growing body of research shows that it can ease pain symptoms and improve outcomes for palliative care patients. Virtual reality technology can reduce the use of high-cost pain therapy services and medications, according to Dr. Joseph Shega, executive vice president and chief medical officer […]

Rural Providers Weigh Telehealth Investment Against Regulatory Uncertainty

Hospices are leveraging expanded telehealth options to maximize access for hard-to-reach rural patients despite lingering regulatory uncertainties. Case in point, the Providence Institute for Human Caring last year launched a tele-palliative care program aimed at addressing rural patients’ unmet needs. Thus far, the initiative has yielded positive results, but the process hasn’t always been easy, […]

Hospices Wield Technology in Recruitment ‘Ground War’

As they battle it out for new hires, technology is proving essential to hospices’ recruitment arsenal. The pandemic accelerated shifts in the ways hospices use tech solutions, like telehealth for patient care or video conferencing to connect with remote-working employees. A similar trend is developing around recruitment and retention. And to maximize the results, investing […]

Snowline Hospice Leverages Tech Partnership to Drive Patient Engagement

California-based Snowline Hospice is entering a collaborative partnership with tech company CareFlash LLC to provide patients and their families with enhanced supportive care. The collaboration is designed to allow for greater connectivity and help patients and families navigate logistical aspects of end-of-life care. Hospices have increasingly leveraged technology to ramp up family and patient support. […]