FamilyConnect is developed by the team that helped create eCaring’s award winning software that enables home care workers to communicate a patient’s health data in real time, and has been proven to enable healthcare organizations to reduce their patient’s hospital and ER use. Now, the team has worked to develop a version of their software to help the 70 million caregivers living in the U.S. who oversee the care of their aging parents.
“Caregiving isn’t easy,” said Robert M. Herzog, founder and CEO of FamilyConnect, “as anyone knows who’s experienced it, or expects to. No one is prepared for it, emotionally, logistically, even financially. Yet as an AARP study notes, over 80% of seniors and their loved ones want to be able to age in their homes, to avoid the hospital or nursing home.”
The team wanted to bring the benefits of real time impactful health care information and communications directly to caregiver consumers and for employee assistance and insurance company wellness and prevention programs, with an intuitive easy to use system to support the tens of millions of American seniors who want to age in place in their homes and their families who want to stay connected and ensure their parents receive the best care possible.
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Six digital health companies have been selected for this year’s New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a four-month program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City(Partnership Fund) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). The 2016 NYDHA Class includes BMIQ, Diameter Health, eCaring, Healthify, Somatix, and Spring. The NYDHA supports growth-stage digital health companies in developing their products and technology. The companies were nominated and then selected to be part of the 2016 Class through a rigorous process by top industry healthcare providers and payers.Show more
eCaring unique cloud-based system integrates significant behavioral, clinical and medication adherence data to manage and monitor seniors and people with chronic conditions. That information is filtered for care managers and providers, hospitals and health plans, generating actionable alerts that enable timely interventions which keep small problems in the home from leading to big ones in the hospital.Show more
New York City-based eCaring, a population health management company, set out with the goal of enabling people to live in their homes longer, better and healthier, CEO Robert Herzog told HHCN. With that goal in mind, eCaring created a mobile app designed to be used by any home care worker, regardless of his or her literacy, mastery of the English language or computer skills, Herzog said. Borrowing from social media, the app, which is installed on a Samsung tablet, uses an icon-based language to track a patient’s activities, such as sleeping or card playing, and a patient’s mental state, such as being confused or happy. There are also icons depicting falls, slurred speech, wandering and other medical issues.Show more
eCaring, is aimed more squarely at home care aides and their agencies. The company’s software allows aides to note a patient’s well-being hour by hour, using colorful icons, such as a toothbrush for recording personal care activities and a happy or sad face for documenting their mental state. It, too, uses the information to predict which patients might be at high risk and send an alert back to a care manager.
“It’s a portrait of what is going on in the home,” said Robert Herzog, CEO and founder of eCaring, a privately held firm that has contracted with home care agencies in New York to use its software programs. “It transforms the home from a black box into a data-rich environment.”
Another firm, eCaring, is aimed more squarely at home care aides and their agencies. The company’s software allows aides to note a patient’s well-being hour by hour, using colorful icons, such as a happy or sad face for documenting their mental state. It, too, uses the information to predict which patients might be at high risk and send an alert back to a care manager.
“It’s a portrait of what is going on in the home,” said Robert Herzog, CEO and founder of eCaring, a privately held firm that contracts with home care agencies in New York to use its software programs. “It transforms the home from a black box into a data-rich environment.”Show more
One of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health insurance providers offers preventative care and medical oversight for at-risk members with chronic diseases. Along with patient education and routine health screenings, this provider offers home health as a service for many of its members. Seeking to enhance its home care services, the provider looked for a system that could enable home health workers to capture previously inaccessible in-home patient data and share it with care managers to coordinate medical treatment and intervention.Show more
VillageCareMAX Health Plan Chooses eCaring to Enhance Patient Care and Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations for Chronically Ill Members throughout New York City
Verizon and Samsung Help Make the Nation’s First and Only Real-Time Home Health Data Monitoring Platform, one of the most powerful new health tech tools aimed at Managed Long-Term Care Coordination
NEW YORK—(February 8, 2016) — VillageCareMAX Health Plans, serving New Yorkers with chronic long-term health care needs, has partnered with eCaring, Inc., to use eCaring’s unique population health management system to enable its members to live longer and better in their homes. eCaring generates comprehensive real-time actionable health data from the home. Village Care is deploying the powerful new health technology system with its home care workers and care managers to its vulnerable high-risk patients, to enable them to live independently at home, keeping them out of the hospital and nursing home.
eCaring‘s platform features easy-to-use, intuitive icon-based data collection software that allows home care workers, regardless of computer skills or language literacy, to track and report previously inaccessible unstructured human touchpoint data, delivering a robust portrait of each patient’s current health status and conditions from their home.Show more
Crain’s New York Business February 9, 2016
VillageCareMAX, the managed long-term care plan run by Village Care, announced a deal with eCaring, whose product is a population health management system. Up to 400 health plan members in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens will receive Samsung tablets preloaded with eCaring software during the next several months. VillageCareMAX plans to use the software to gather data on vital signs, physical and mental states, and adherence to medication.
Home care workers will be able to enter information and communicate with a care manager about how to handle a given situation. The product “gives home care workers, who are on the front line of knowing the most about patients, a genuine, effective voice in care management,” VillageCareMAX Vice President Karl Dehm said in a statement. The technology has also been adopted by MLTC plan and home care agencies. In July, the company announced a deal with Verizon to offer patients broadband on their tablets.
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