Essex Valley VNA Chooses Power2 Technology Web-based Clinical and Financial Management System to Bring New Efficiencies

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Developed by Thornberry Ltd. And FGA Software Solutions, Power2 is a clinical Point of Care and financial information management system for home care agencies. Essex Valley VNA, Newark, NJ converted to power2 from a paper based clinical system and electronic financial software.

Thornberry Ltd. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and FGA Software Solutions of Piscataway, New Jersey today announced that Essex Valley VNA has officially adopted and begun using power2, a clinical Point of Care and financial information management system for home care agencies. Essex Valley VNA is part of the New Community Corporation in Newark, NJ and provides home healthcare services to Newark residents.

Twenty-five Essex nurses and therapists are now using new touch screen notebook computers to chart in their patients’ homes. Previously Essex Valley was using a paper-based clinical system in combination with FGA’s standalone financial management application PROPHIT. Staff were required to manually enter data into the financial system.

Recently appointed Executive Director of Essex Valley, Janet Cavallo says she joined the agency with a mandate to introduce modern practices and new technology.

“Like all homecare agencies facing Pay-for-Performance, we need to create new efficiencies and drive productivity. The agency already had a financial component that staff were very satisfied with and that worked well. Deciding to consider power2, the new combined POC and financial system from FGA and Thornberry, was not hard.”

“We were particularly impressed by the multidisciplinary problem list that power2 offers, and we expect that function alone to considerably improve communication and performance by clinical staff.”

“We had the opportunity to talk with several other users of the technology, as well as conducting a site visit. The response was overwhelmingly positive, not just in terms of the product but also, very importantly, in terms of customer service.”

“Existing customers of Thornberry and FGA also mentioned their ongoing involvement in product development. Clearly the ability to actively influence which functions and capabilities will be developed next is highly desirable.”

“We are very pleased to continue helping Essex Valley to grow as part of the Thornberry-FGA client family and equally excited at the benefits we know power2 will bring to their agency,” said Frank Giannantonio, President of FGA Software Solutions, Inc.    

Tom Peth, Thornberry President, noted that Essex Valley can expect to reap significant returns on their investment in a new clinical and financial information management system.

“Beyond the more obvious savings in paper and forms, and mileage savings that will stem from nurses and therapists being able to input and access data in the field, Essex Valley can also expect to reduce start of care (SOC) to RAP claim time, increase patient visits without increasing clinical staff, and greatly reduce the amount of staff time involved in data entry and chart review.”

For further information:

Ed Bowersox

717-431-2222

Fran Lowe

717-391-6712

About New Community Corporation

NCC is based in Newark, NJ. The NCC Network provides a range of housing, training and health care services for local residents that includes the Essex Valley Visiting Nurses Association. NCC was founded in 1967 by a group of Newark residents led by Monsignor William J. Linder, following the Newark riots that took place that same year. New Community Health Care employs 900 professionals and has an annual operating budget of $31 million.

About Thornberry Ltd

Thornberry Ltd is based in Lancaster PA, and is a provider of information systems to the health care industry, specializing in clinical documentation systems since 1992 and home health point-of-care since 1996. Thornberry systems, including NDoc and Power2, are designed by health care providers as well as information systems professionals, and are thoroughly user-tested. They combine advanced web-based technology and progressive design for truly dependable, truly flexible, state of the field performance. Thornberry has also developed a number of telehealth interface solutions that link it's POC software with a number of different telehealth vendor solutions,including Honeywell HomMed.

About FGA Software Solutions, Inc.

FGA Software Solutions is a health care consulting firm that specializes in financial software products and support services for the home care industry. Based in Piscataway, NJ since 1989, FGA has worked with clients as a partner to streamline operations for enhanced cash flow and long-term success. With decades of administrative, financial and clinical management skills, the company has helped design products and services, including PROPHIT and Power2 that are used by many of today’s leading health care agencies.

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