Outsourcing your agency’s information technology (IT) roles can save it tens of thousands of dollars, a significant savings in indirect costs in the wake of years of regulatory cuts to the industry.
Remodeling a stagnant or flawed telehealth program can turn a failure into a success and ultimately reduce your agency’s rehospitalization rates.
One simple solution has helped an agency save more than $100,000 a year: Being able to fax electronic medical records to doctors through its computer system, without needing to print or mail anything.
Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, Inc. didn’t start to recognize the full benefits of cloud computing until last February when the agency’s managers provided its nurses, therapists and clinicians with Verizon Mobile Hotspots.
Agencies that have made the switch to storing information in “the cloud,” or a remote server rather than on an in-house client server, are recognizing the benefits of secure data and  reduced costs in maintaining IT departments and servers onsite.
Costs are becoming less of a barrier for agencies looking to shoot and post videos on their websites.
A recent study shows that the push toward reducing readmissions has led to an increase in telehealth use among home health agencies.
For those agencies using Windows XP, now is the time to purchase new computers, buy new operating systems or contract with a third-party vendor to provide future patches to protect your patient information.
As the cost of smartphones continues to drop as low as $25 per phone, it’s becoming more affordable for some agencies to reap the benefits of providing smartphones to clinicians.
Agencies’ use of iPads or other tablets as point of care (POC) devices will continue to increase in 2014, and software vendors will become more capable of handling the technology, experts predict.


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