Today, nearly forty million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled or other people who need assistance. One fourth of these are millennials; half were under the age of 50. These caregivers lose income, take time off without pay, their workplaces suffer through absenteeism and caregivers are stressed by the extra burden and out of pocket expenses incurred.
On the medical front, there are many services designed to help manage care.MyFitnessPal, AliveCor, Withings and CellScope are just a few that can be used via Bluetooth to monitor vital signs. Simple pill reminder apps (Mango Health andPillJogger) remind loved ones to take medication.
New telepresence doctor visits from companies like Heal, Doctor On Demand,MDLive and Bright.md deliver house calls via your mobile phone or computer, eliminating the need for the elderly to travel to a doctor. eCaring and CareZoneboth help caregivers with the complexities of coordinating care management.Show more
Robert Herzog, CEO of eCaring, speaks of the people who attended to his mother and the countless other sick and elderly who utilize home care every year. “While there are many terrific, talented aides, their computer and language skills are often limited.” eCaring was developed to bring a solution to caregivers, patients, family members, and physicians alike with the touch of button.Show more
A leading NY Health Plan was able to use the eCaring solution to enhance the level of quality of care for its highest risk members (those with chronic illnesses that historically lead to costly admissions, readmissions, and ER visits) that resulted in 54% decrease in hospital length of stay (LOS), and 17% reduction in medical expenses and medical loss ratio (MLR) with over $400 savings per patient per month. eCaring improved overall care coordination processes and empowered home health aides to share real-time information from the home, while increasing patient outcomes and satisfaction.Show more
A Manhattan company that focuses on managing chronic conditions in the home is working with Verizon to provide broadband to low-income patients. The firm, eCaring, contracts with payers and home care agencies to provide care management software to reduce avoidable readmissions among their patients. The company supplies patients with a Samsung tablet and a Verizon data plan so that home health aides can send alerts and communicate with care managers. But many patients don’t have high-speed Internet access.
Robert Herzog, eCaring’s chief executive, sees the service as an important method of keeping patients out of hospitals. For instance, one home aide encountered a patient with slurred speech. A manager was alerted, and sent a nurse to the home to make sure the patient hadn’t suffered a stroke. The incident actually was a diabetic episode, and the nurse was able to administer insulin. “That returned the person’s blood sugar to a normal range and avoided a trip to the emergency room,” Mr. Herzog said. “We do that kind of thing every week.” The company’s clients include managed care organizations, Metropolitan Jewish Health System and several home care agencies, including Premier, Best Care, Allen and All Metro.Show more
To ensure the best possible care for its clients, LifeStyle Options, Inc., one of the Chicago’s leading home care companies, has signed an agreement with eCaring to provide its unique cloud-based care and disease management systems to LifeStyle’s clients. LifeStyle Options marks eCaring’s initial expansion into the private pay market, which includes more than 2.4 million families in the U.S. Show more
eCaring and Samsung Business Services™ today announced delivery of technology and services that enable healthcare providers to reduce costs, while enhancing the quality of patient care. eCaring’s care and disease management solutions will use Samsung’s advanced tablet technology and enterprise services to ensure 24/7 peak performance of all Samsung devices in the hands of patients and their healthcare aides. Show more
Just recently, Robert M. Herzog discussed how eCaring’s technology can be customized to help patient populations with congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Monitoring and reporting unstructured patient data, eCaring, using its pre-set algorithms, can immediately pick-up the information and alert the patient’s care team, whether it be a care manager, primary doctor, or family member, so that steps can be taken to avoid small problems from becoming big.
eCaring keeps people out of the hospital by transforming essential unstructured human touch point data from home aides, patients and caregivers into meaningful, actionable data in real time. eCaring has saved an average of over $4,000 per patient per month by reducing ER visits, hospitalizations and readmissions, substantially lowering patient costs while enhancing care quality.
eCaring’s CEO Robert M. Herzog will be interviewed live on iHeart Radio’s HealthTech Talk Live hosted by Ben Chodor and broadcasted nationwide on iHeart Radio/ Clear Channel Atlanta Studios – 640 WGST AM this Saturday at 3:30pm ET. In this exclusive double-segment interview, Mr. Herzog will discuss the company’s unique cloud-based system which integrates significant behavioral, clinical and medication adherence data to manage and monitor seniors and people with chronic conditions. Show more
Real-time health monitoring including the patient’s home continues to gain importance as pressures come from a variety of sources to reduce risks and costs of readmissions and hospitalizations. The Centers for the Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), enforcing the 2012 Medicare Readmission Reduction Program, the States and managed care organizations have to deal with tighter budgets, rising costs of service, and stricter capitation rates. Show more
Population Health: Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) and eCaring developed an innovative partnership, capturing real-time information about a patient’s care, activities and clinical data derived from home care.