Physicians Likely to Switch Hospice Partners for Greater Tech Interoperability

A rising number of physicians would switch their contracts to a different hospice provider if the organization had an electronic health record (EHR) that is interoperable with their own. Likewise, hospices and other post-acute providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of achieving interoperability with their referral partners. Nearly 75% of physicians indicated in a MatrixCare […]

Hospices Innovating with Robotic Therapies During Pandemic

Animated robotic pets are making rounds to hospice patients across the United States. Due to spread of the coronavirus pandemic, some hospices have brought robotic animals into the folds of their therapy programs to continue reaching isolated patients and their families from a distance. Animated robotic animals feature sensors and speakers in responsive technology for […]

Ohio’s Hospice, Ascend Innovations Partner on Boosting Tech Capabilities

Ohio’s Hospice and Ascend Innovations have launched a strategic partnership designed to leverage data to improve clinical and business systems in their hospice and palliative care programs.  Ohio’s Hospice is a regional partnership of hospice providers, founded in 2013 with three member organizations and in the intervening years expanded to 10 members, in addition to […]

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 […]