Supporting a Growing Industry: Home Health
Mar 15, 2017 TigerText
It’s no secret that the home health industry is growing. While our aging population plays a significant role, seniors are also choosing more and more to remain at home for longer. According to Home Care Daily, the industry is expected to hit $130 billion in revenue this year. Unfortunately the demand may also drive up costs for patients. “In 2016, a 65-year old man would need $72,000 in savings and a 65-year old woman would need $93,000 if each had a goal of having a 50% chance of having enough savings to cover health-care expenses in retirement,” according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. For providers trying to support the growing demand for home care services, balancing costs can be very challenging.
We recently teamed up with Interim HealthCare, a company that offers home care, hospice, and healthcare staffing services through their network of 300+ independently operated franchise locations across the country. Interim provides 25 million hours of home care service to almost 200,000 people per year, no small feat. At TigerText, we understand how critical the success of a team like Interim’s is to the nation’s health, and we want to do our part to ensure that the highest quality care and service are provided with every patient encounter.
So, how are we helping? Well, one of the biggest challenges in the healthcare space overall is communication. This is especially true for home and hospice care providers who nearly always work remotely and rely heavily on their smartphones to communicate with providers and coordinate care. TigerText’s product suite gives geographically disperse care teams a real-time channel for two-way communication, including sharing of information like patient data, images, and video, across field and office staff, nurses, and physicians. The transition of care, administrative tasks, and case management become easier with a comprehensive communication platform. Integrating with hospital networks and pharmacies, for example, makes home care much more effective. And because it can leverage both LTE networks and WiFi, communication is possible even in more remote locales.
TigerText helps further by replacing inefficient and outdated modes of communication that too often result in errors and potentially harm patients. Poorly planned transitions can increase re-hospitalizations while unplanned readmissions wreak havoc on a hospital’s bottom line. Sure, new software can be daunting, we get it, but with 97% of Americans texting regularly1, the learning curve for TigerText is practically non-existent. Given that it can streamline workflows and enable care teams to respond quicker with relevant information, we know it’s well worth the effort.
In April, Interim HealthCare is hosting a National meeting and TigerText has the pleasure of taking part. We are excited to speak directly with Interim Franchisees and General Managers about optimizing communication. Based on some of our initial conversations we are confident the relationship between TigerText and Interim HealthCare will only continue to grow.
Improving patients’ lives is the number one priority for care teams everywhere, and we’re proud to say it’s our number one priority too.
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