Ankota, CareCentric Ally to Offer Software Solution
Joint offering will combine delivery management with business optimization.
- By David Kopf
- Dec 09, 2010
Healthcare deliver management firm Ankota and longtime healthcare software company CareCentric have formed a strategic alliance to provide home health provider organizations with greater efficiencies geared to drive immediate cost savings and increased productivity.
Under the agreement, CareCentric will sell and support a solution combining its Caretinuum software product with Ankota’s technology for managing the delivery of care, and Ankota’s technology will be integrated with CareCentric’s capabilities for managing the business side of care. Ankota will provide optimization of staff schedules and travel plans, provide mobile work management capabilities to home medical equipment (HME) delivery workers and bring voice response telephony capabilities for nurses, paraprofessional home health aides and delivery staff. This will be joined with CareCentric’s patient billing, medical equipment inventory and point-of-care nursing documentation in package that aims to deliver reductions in operating costs and increases in capacity to provide care for homebound patients.
“This strategic alliance brings together CareCentric’s decades of market-leading healthcare solutions in key market segments with Ankota’s cutting-edge innovation and technology to provide a new level of efficiency and coordination of post-acute care services,” said Ankota CEO and founder Will Hicklen. “Customers who take advantage of our combined product will dramatically increase productivity right away while continuing to fine-tune their coordination, distribution and mobile delivery models.”
A statement from Ankota says the package can result in 25 to 35 percent fewer miles driven, increased delivery capacity of 10 to 20 percent and a savings of $800 to $1200 per vehicle per month. Key product features include optimized scheduling and route planning, real time delivery reporting and GPS tracking, configurable care plans and an easy-to-use Internet interface. The Caretinuum software tool is scalable, modular, integrated and patient-centric, and it is backed by consulting, education and training, management and technology support services.
“CareCentric and Ankota have a shared desire to deliver high-quality solutions on a single platform,” said Darrell Young, President and CEO of CareCentric. “Both companies are focused on improving the quality and efficiency of home healthcare to help drive success for our customers, so naturally we are excited about the impact this partnership will have for our customers and the industry.”
David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.