Homecare Homebase Develops Powerful PointCare Solution for Android Smart Phones and Tablets

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Homecare Homebase, LLC today announced the release of an Android version of its powerful PointCare Manager tool, used to complete patient visits by all mobile caregivers. This new Android version is just as comprehensive as the previous Windows® Mobile version of Homecare Homebase, with the added benefit of being compatible with the ever expanding number of Android smart phones and tablets. Homecare Homebase, a leading home health software provider, is one of the first companies in the home health and hospice industry to offer a fully integrated Android solution for the field.

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Homecare Homebase, LLC today announced the release of an Android version of its powerful PointCare Manager tool, used to complete patient visits by all mobile caregivers. This new Android version is just as comprehensive as the previous Windows® Mobile version of Homecare Homebase, with the added benefit of being compatible with the ever expanding number of Android smart phones and tablets. Homecare Homebase, a leading home health software provider, is one of the first companies in the home health and hospice industry to offer a fully integrated Android solution for the field.

The Android operating system presents one of the most robust development platforms on the market, offering many advantages specific to the home health and hospice industry including an intuitive, user-friendly interface and the availability of a wide variety of devices on virtually every major wireless carrier’s network, not to mention the ever expanding universe of complementary productivity and healthcare applications. Android, developed by Google¹, remains the fastest growing technology platform in the world, with availability in over 110 countries, over 300 devices to date and over 100 million Android activations since its inception just a few short years ago.

“The Android OS has exploded onto the marketplace, with developers and hardware manufacturers jumping to take full advantage of the flexible development tools and ever expanding applicable devices. For Homecare Homebase, Android enables us to increase the number and speed to market of the cutting-edge tools we offer our customers,” said Lee Fowinkle, CTO at Homecare Homebase. “Plus, with Android our customers have access to a wider range of device form factors, from traditional smart phones to 10-inch tablets, which gives them more options in deploying the Homecare Homebase software solution to mobile caregivers.”

Homecare Homebase recently completed a successful beta program for the Android-based PointCare Manager solution with seven large and diverse agencies, including Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice in Jackson, Michigan. Field staff participating in the trial reported that the Android-based PointCare Manager and its user-friendly interface significantly reduced the time required to input patient data.

“We were excited when Homecare Homebase approached our agency to participate in the beta program for Android,” said Carry vandenMaagdenberg, Vice President of Operations Management at Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice. “Android presents a great opportunity for our team to expand the device options we use in the field, giving us more choices than ever before at a very reasonable price point. We expected to see good results from the operations side due to the flexible nature of Android, but little did we know the response from the clinical staff would be so overwhelmingly positive. The results of our initial tests clearly demonstrate and increase in productivity, which have the down-stream effect of increasing satisfaction among field staff, both huge benefits to our agency as we continue to refine our operations to best care for our patients and caregivers.

Homecare Homebase, developed by home health and hospice professionals, is the most comprehensive, web-based software solution available, allowing users to decrease costs and streamline agency operations, without compromising care. This powerful, wireless solution uses proprietary compression technology to sync visit data in less than two minutes and its store-and-forward feature ensures that even caregivers in the most remote locations can still perform visits and document patient status without interruption. Homecare Homebase keeps the patient’s circle of care connected in real-time all the time.

“The move to Android further enhances Homecare Homebase’s ability to provide the kind of tools home health and hospice agencies need to remain successful in the future and ensure a solid ROI from their software solution” said Tom Maxwell, COO at Homecare Homebase. “With a price point of less than $200, a variety of device sizes and availability on every carrier, our customers now have almost limitless options on how to best equip their mobile caregivers to provide the best, most comprehensive care to their patients.”

About Homecare Homebase, LLC
Homecare Homebase, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading healthcare software company serving the technology needs of the fast growing homecare and hospice industry. Named 2010 Best in KLAS for Homecare by KLAS in the “2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services” report, Homecare Homebase offers a comprehensive integrated web-based software solution to improve the clinical, operational and financial success of homecare and hospice agencies. Homecare Homebase enables real-time, wireless information exchange and communication between office staff, field staff and physicians; automates workflow processes; enables accurate billing through numerous integrated checks and balances; and, provides powerful management reporting via a back-office data analysis tool that ties together all agency operational information. Founded by industry veterans in 1999, every aspect of the Homecare Homebase system was developed to be user-friendly, flexible and customizable to specific agency needs. For more information, visit http://www.hchb.com or contact us toll free at 1-866-535-HCHB (4242).

Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice
Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice currently employs over 950 healthcare professionals in over 19 offices providing superior quality home health and hospice care every day to over 5,000 patients throughout the Midwest. This superior level of quality care drives over 2,000 physicians to entrust their patients’ care to Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice, which currently serves patients and their families in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

¹Information released by Google during Google I/O Conference, the annual developer conference, held in San Francisco, CA Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

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