Home Health Business Briefs: Forcura, Home Care Institute

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry:

Home Care Institute and iTacit Healthcare Announce Strategic Partnership

Boston-based iTacit Healthcare and Johns Creek, Georgia-based Home Care Institute (HCI) recently announced a collaboration that will combine HCI’s education content for home care and hospice with iTacit’s compliance, training and connectivity software.

Both companies are committed to leveraging technology to cost-effectively support the training and education needs of a mobile health care workforce, they said in a statement.

HCI is a provider of education for the home health and hospice industries. It provides a comprehensive library of online training courses and resources for hundreds of organizations and thousands of end-users in all 50 states and Canada.

“We were looking for a technology partner who could take our services to the next level,” said Lu Post, president of HCI. “iTacit is so much more than just another learning management system. They have one of the best platforms I’ve seen in my 25-plus years in this business.”

iTacit’s communication technology connects a mobile and disconnected workforce to an agency’s culture and management expectations. Organizations can spread critical and time-sensitive messages to employees wherever and whenever they are working.

“We are excited to be collaborating with a leader in the home care education field,” said Mike Sandrock, COO of iTacit Healthcare. “iTacit is an ideal fit for the home care and hospice industries, as our software brings accountability, visibility and connectivity — all critical features when managing a mobile workforce.”

The partnership will extend iTacit’s presence in the U.S. home care and hospice sector. iTacit’s current customers will also benefit by having access to HCI’s library of course content.

B. E. Smith Expands Into Post-Acute Care

B. E. Smith, a full-service leadership solutions firm dedicated exclusively to health care providers, recently announced an expansion into post-acute care.

Specifically, B. E. Smith is placing increased focus on meeting the leadership needs of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals (LTAC/LTCH), skilled nursing centers, as well as home health and hospice agencies.

“As the experts in health care recruitment, B. E. Smith is the only leadership solutions firm capable of bringing the resources and expertise necessary to meet the immediate needs of post-acute organizations,” said Doug Smith, president and CEO. “Recent estimates show post-acute care facing a shortage of 2.5 million workers by 2030. Our success and proven results in interim and permanent recruitment within the acute and post-acute care market position us well to meet the increasing leadership needs of providers in the post-acute space.”

Medical Guardian Selects Essence Care@Home as New Monitoring Service

Medical Guardian, a provider of medical alert services, has selected Essence’s Care@Home personal emergency response system (PERS) solution for its new monitoring service. Essence is a provider of IoT, cloud-based connected-living solutions.

Essence has made a strong push into the home health care market over the last few years with Care@Home. Care@Home PERS is a comprehensive, active system that includes a panic button and a wearable pendant. It allows service providers to offer a customizable and upgradable PERS solution to their home care customers.

“As a national company, a big part of what we do is look for unique solutions that are technologically superior to those currently available in the market to provide the best services to our clients and maintain a strong competitive edge,” said Geoff Gross, CEO of Medical Guardian. “Partnering with Essence checks all our boxes. We serve the largest polyglot society in the world, the ultimate melting pot, and the multilingual features will drive us into new markets and provide peace of mind for seniors.”

Forcura to Implement Paperless Back-Office Workflow for Homecare Homebase Customers

Forcura, a document workflow solution provider, has announced integration with Homecare Homebase that will allow users to benefit from a paperless document workflow, tracking and communication system across their organization.

“We are extremely excited to provide world-class document workflow solutions to Homecare Homebase customers,” said Craig Mandeville, CEO and founder of Forcura. “The integration allows agencies to implement paperless document workflows, automate the check-in process, and provide a one-click automation of attaching documents directly to the patient chart. All of this allows the agency to focus more time on patient care.”

Forcura is currently working with Sta-Home Health & Hospice, Mississippi’s largest home health agency, to deploy the integrated Forcura solution to automate document processes and improve compliance throughout the organization.

Forcura’s auto-scanning engine allows agencies to quickly organize documents, create a custom workflow and seamlessly attach to the patient chart within Homecare Homebase.

In addition, paper-heavy processes outside of Homecare Homebase, like scanning and manual intake steps, are automated with the addition of Forcura’s integrated document workflow software allowing agencies to go 100% paperless.

Written by Emily Study