Cary, NC (PRWEB) July 30, 2010
CareAnyware, the leader in clinical and business software solutions for home care and hospice organizations, announced today that the company will be collaborating with Weill Cornell Medical College for a critical study on clinical depression in home care patients sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D., M.P.H., is leading the study to evaluate the occurrence and severity of depression in home care patients as well as to determine the best clinical strategies for addressing the causes and symptoms. Initial research has indicated that depression in home health is largely untreated, and can negatively affect patient clinical outcomes and satisfaction. Because many home health clinicians have not been trained to deal with depression, the study aims to develop and better equip RNs and other home health professionals with the tools needed to detect, diagnose, and treat at-risk patients.
CareAnyware, in collaboration with Weill Cornell, is providing several clients with new specialized assessment tools and management reporting through its web-based point- of-care software. Patients needing extra care are flagged, and assessment information is collected in a format to be shared with MDs through tools that are commonly used to diagnose depression in primary care settings. CareAnyware clients are able to leverage powerful clinical data that goes beyond the mandatory OASIS data collection, as mental health has emerged as an important target for performance improvement in all home health organizations.
“Our initial research highlighted that the mental health needs of geriatric patients receiving home care services have gone largely unnoticed,” says Dr. Bruce. “Weill Cornell is pleased to work with CareAnyware in order to pioneer approaches using decision support at the point-of-care and web-based tools to help organizations provide comprehensive care for depression in the home.”
An earlier Weill Cornell study found that geriatric major depression is twice as common in patients who are receiving home care than in those who are receiving primary care. In addition, 78 percent of the depressed patients who were studied were not receiving treatment, and of those who were taking antidepressants, nearly 31 percent had been prescribed sub therapeutic doses. “At Weill Cornell, we recognize that home care has become a vital source of health care, especially for older adults, and that trend is only going to continue as the ‘Baby Boom’ generation reaches retirement age,” adds Dr. Bruce. “Using the right technology solutions to make better decisions can help organizations deliver superior patient care in the home.”
“Participating in the Weill Cornell study was a natural decision for us,” says Rich Guerin, CEO of CareAnyware. “We are committed to being the leader in powerful clinical technology for home care and hospice while also providing unique learning opportunities for our clients and contributing to the industry’s growing knowledge base. We will continue to do our part by supporting meaningful clinical research, sharing valuable information across the industry, and developing educational resources for CareAnyware University, our industry-leading learning center for clients.”
CareAnyware, Inc., based in Cary, NC, is the leading provider of web-based home care and hospice software solutions. By streamlining and integrating point-of-care and administrative activities—data entry, payment information capture, billing, reporting, and information exchange—CareAnyware clients can focus time and energy on providing higher quality care, improving patient outcomes, and managing business performance. And, unlike traditional home care and hospice management software, CareAnyware’s comprehensive web-based solution is offered as a monthly subscription service that accelerates implementation times, reduces ongoing maintenance, and keeps the focus on patient care. Find out more by visiting http://www.CareAnyware.com or calling 866-260-4630.
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