Tech Beat: WellSky Launches Hospice Applied Insights, Brightree Releases New App

WellSky Launches Hospice Applied Insights

WellSky has launched a new solution that equips hospices with meaningful data to deliver smarter care at the end of life.

WellSky Hospice Applied Insights uses predictive intelligence capabilities to alert hospices when patients are nearing the end of their lives. The goal of the tool is to make sure patients are surrounded by family members and caregivers when needed.

WellSky, a portfolio company of TPG Capital, is a technology company that utilizes software to help businesses, organizations and communities solve challenges, improve growth and achieve better outcomes through predictive insights. WellSky serves more than 10,000 customer sites, including hospital systems, home health agencies and hospice franchises.

“WellSky Hospice Applied Insights demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative, intelligent solutions built to help our customers elevate the care they provide and succeed into the future,” Bill Miller, CEO of WellSky, said in a statement. “We worked directly with customers to develop this solution, so they can better meet the needs of their patients and families.”

The Hospice Applied Insights uses a database of 600,000 previous hospice visits captured in WellSky Hospice medical records to identify trends and risks that precede the need for end of life care.

“WellSky Hospice Applied Insights allowed us to increase the hours we spend with patients in the last seven days of their life by 61%,” Darren Bertram, CEO of Infinity Hospice and a WellSky Hospice Applied Insights early customer, said in a statement.

WellSky is investing about $50 million in research so its customers can lead their industries with innovative machine-learning solutions, according to the company.

Brightree Launches BrightreeCARE App for Home Health, Hospice Aides

Brightree has released a new BrightreeCare app that allows home health and hospice aides to document their visits using a smart device.

Brightree, a subsidary of ResMed (NYSE: RMD), is a provider of cloud-based software to improve clinical and business performance of post-acute companies. The company serves more than 2,500 organization in home health, hospice and rehabilitation home care segments.

“Supporting a bring your own device strategy, the application helps agencies incorporate aides into the EMR making them more productive and compliant to the patient’s care plan,” Bob Dean, vice president and general manager of Brightree’s Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty business, said in a statement.

The app is free on the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

Rectangle Health, VGM partnership Provides Payment Solutions for Home Health Market

A new partnership between Rectangle Health and VGM & Associates will provide Rectangle Health’s payment solutions for VGM’s membership community of home medical equipment providers.

Valhalla, New York-based Rectangle Health is a health care payment and premium processing company. It works with over 50,000 health care providers in the U.S. and processes around $5 billion in patient payments annually.

Waterloo, Iowa-based VGM, a division of VGM Group Inc., is a member service organization that provides business solution to durable medical equipment providers throughout the U.S. The organization has about 3,100 members.

“We are excited about our partnership with Rectangle Health,” Scott Owen, senior vice president of contracting for VGM, said in a statement. “Their platform and payment technology is one of the best we’ve seen for the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies industry, and we’re certain this partnership will enhance our members focus on what they do best — helping others.”

LTCG Launches Database of Long Term Care Provider Information

LTCG has launched its new Unified Provider Database (UPD).

LTCG is a provider of administrative solutions and clinical services to the long-term care and life insurance industries. The company manages over one million policies and serves more than 90 carriers across the U.S.

The product contains detailed information of more than 100,000 senior care providers included non-skilled home care, skilled home health, memory care and hospice agencies. The information in the database is used to locate the right care providers for policyholders and to verify the provider is eligible to provide care, according to the company.

“Whether a claimant requests a specific care provider or asks for our recommendations, the UPD facilitates the determination of care provider eligibility under our policies,” Paul Forte, CEO of LTCG, said in a statement. “The upshot is faster benefit payments, better claims decisions and an improved customer experience.”

Written by Kaitlyn Mattson

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When not writing about home health topics, Kaitlyn can be found kayaking on the Chicago River or taking pottery classes.

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