The healthcare system has been on the front page of every newspaper practically every day for what seems like forever now. Obama’s overhaul of the way Americans pay for our medical treatment is complicated, controversial, and can be pretty confusing.
But what’s going on out there in the field? Whether or not Obamacare comes to pass (in whatever final form it ends up), doctors and nurses are still working tirelessly every day in hospitals and clinics across the country.
But doctors and nurses in hospitals aren’t the only people who are caring for the sick. Outside of the clinics and hospitals there are legions of individuals who provide in-home care for those people who need more long-term help that can’t be provided in a hospital.
Home care providers have a truly mobile job but, up until now, they’ve had to work with antiquated systems that include faxing, phoning, paper charts, shredding in order to protect privacy. Basically, piles and piles of paper that can be a serious pain in the ass to keep track of, not to mention potentially deadly for a patient if an important form goes missing or wires get crossed somewhere in all of the madness.
But, as is the case with every problem under the sun these days, there’s a startup who wants to come to the rescue: ProHealth. Touting itself as one of the first fully integrated cloud-based home care services, ProHealth aims to help in home health care providers cut out the clutter and improve the lives of their patients.
This means no more missed appointments, no more searching through paperwork for just the right for, and instant updates on every visit, accessible by the entire team. This system is designed with two things in mind: making the provider and the patient’s life better. Sounds like a win to me.
Filing cabinet in the the sky.
ProHealth allows providers to store all of the information, from clinical patient charts to schedules to reporting in the cloud, meaning that they have constant access to everything they need, from any mobile device.
A lot of businesses are choosing to go paperless these days, so why should the home care system be any different? ProHealth makes it so providers can cut out the paperwork something that, as a former social worker, I can definitely state is the worst part of any job in the care industry.
Scheduling and sharing.
Keeping track of everything you have to get done in a week can be daunting even for someone who has only a few commitments, so imagine how it is for a provider who has multiple patients with multiple caregivers. The cloud system employed by ProHealth means that every caregiver can update their own schedules and see when everyone else will be visiting. It also means that the boss can keep track of what’s going on in real-time, further integrating them into the action in the field.
It also means that everyone on the patient’s team has access to the most up-to-date information at all times. If there’s a major change to a patient’s routine or health, providers can make sure that critical information reaches the entire team almost instantly.
Easy to use, easy to integrate.
So many systems require expensive technology or a week long course on how to make it work. With ProHealth, all of your back-end systems and existing software are integrated without any extra work on your part. All you need to do is sign up and get to work!
Complete privacy protection.
Confidentiality is obviously a huge thing in the health care industry and some people might be a little squeamish about whether or not taking everything digital is actually safe. ProHealth uses advanced data encryption standards that take their safety past HIPAA requirements.
They also make it easy for you to manage your own security, all while making sure your data is stored on encrypted, high-security hard drives.
Basically, ProHealth is doing what any good startup does: seeing a problem and taking it down. Just so happens that fixing this problem may actually save lives.