CHICAGO – Encompass Home Health and Hospice is hoping a partnership with health care engagement company PreparedHealth will lead to fewer hospitalizations, fewer emergency room visits and better overall quality outcomes for their patients.
“We are continually looking for innovative ways to deliver care in the home, and we believe PreparedHealth’s technology will help us deliver more targeted interventions and better care coordination,” said Bud Langham, chief clinical officer at Encompass Home Health, which operates in 28 states across the country.
PreparedHealth’s enTouch social network for health care connects patients, providers and payers to the best options for care in the home. DINA, the network’s digital nursing assistant, uses a blend of machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to proactively identify necessary interventions and close gaps in care.
The technology mines much of the monitoring data that caregivers are already collecting and compares a baseline set of predictive models against that data, looking for moments to drive evidence-based interventions, said Ashish Shah, CEO and founder of PreparedHealth.
“It’s really an assistant to caregivers,” he said.
Langham said that enTouch and DINA will help Encompass identify key interventions and reduce the overall cost of care, while finding ways to drive patient satisfaction at the same time.
“More tightly coordinated care within that ecosystem will help us do that,” he said. “We can leverage the enTouch network and harness the power of DINA to help us step up our game.”
With the Encompass partnership, PreparedHealth formally enters the home health care market after three years of building and piloting enTouch and DINA.
“Now we begin to scale the company and help families in the U.S., then globally,” said Ashish Shah, CEO and founder of PreparedHealth.