CHICAGO – PreparedHealth is deploying and expanding the use of its enTouch digital network at two health providers.
Homewatch CareGivers is integrating enTouch into its Hospital to Home program, enabling greater visibility into patient care in the home for their partners, which include hospitals, skilled nursing and home health providers.
The enTouch digital network connects everyone involved in a patient’s post-acute care, enabling real-time communications. With the technology, care providers are seeing an increase in referral acceptance, faster transition times and reduced readmissions for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, said Tim Coulter, COO of PreparedHealth, in a statement.
Julie Smith, president and CEO of Homewatch Caregivers, said the organization prides itself on pushing for growth and change within the health care industry.
“With more emphasis placed on home care by Medicare, we’re excited to provide innovative tools that can enhance patient care and allow us to build stronger relationships with our partners across the care continuum,” Smith said.
Homewatch CareGivers is a provider of home care for people of all ages in more than 190 locations in seven countries and 33 states.
“We are thrilled to partner with Homewatch CareGivers and expand the enTouch network with their strong footprint,” said Coulter. “We continue to add high quality providers to help extend care into the home and close the loop as we push toward our mission of allowing our loved ones to age where they prefer.”
Another provider who has deployed enTouch is expanding its use of the network.
Centegra Health System, who, after seeing significant results with their high-risk population, will start onboarding all of their preferred post-acute partners onto the enTouch network.
The next phase of Centegra’s partnership with PreparedHealth will be focused on streamlining discharge management to increase efficiency with post-acute partners and steer patients to the correct care setting for more cost-effective care.
“We’ve seen such tremendous success over the last 18 months using enTouch for our complex case management,” said Astrid Larsen, director of care coordination at Centegra Health System, in a statement. “Expanding access to all of our care managers and our preferred post-acute network will help us gain efficiencies, lower costs and increase quality of care for our patients.”
Centegra originally partnered with enTouch in late 2016 to manage their Bundled Payments for Care Improvement population, lowering readmissions and capturing a $1 million net swing in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revenue. The health system provides medical care to people in McHenry and Kane counties in Illinois through multiple hospitals and care locations.
“Centegra Health System is pushing boundaries by using enTouch to connect with their post-acute partners and increase communication beyond their facilities,” Coulter said.