For the second year in a row, Erin Karam, Prepared Health’s chief technology officer, has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s top Female Health IT Leaders. Karam heads the strategic and technical direction for the company's enTouch network, leading a product team of nine, including engineering and data science. She talks about the importance of recognizing and mentoring women, and how her earlier career at IBM helped shape how she leads.
enTouch helps hospitals build, digitize and manage their preferred post-acute, home and community-based preferred provider networks.
Caring for an elder family member can be stressful. According to a recent study, there are nearly 15 million unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in the U.S. Half spend nearly 30 hours a week providing care to relatives, many of whom have dementia. The work takes its toll. Here are five tips to help manage the load:
Flagship Medical is the first durable medical equipment provider to join Prepared Health's enTouch network. The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania-based company hopes referrals from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities will follow.
When Clare Medical dispatches their clinicians and other healthcare professionals to house-bound seniors across New Jersey, it relies on technology to connect its mobile team and track patient progress.
Gloria Shields knows that some hospital networks have hundreds of providers to choose from when they discharge patients who need at-home care. As director of transitional care at Bowes In Home Care, she wants the Crystal Lake, Illinois home health agency to stand out in a crowded field.
Lillian Funk, co-owner of Assisting Hands, an in-home care provider in Ashburn, Virginia, believes in the power of family connections. “When the family is engaged, we can deliver better care and provide a better patient experience,” she says.
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) logs 60 to 100 patient referrals a day, mostly from well-established hospital partners who want to pair newly discharged patients with home-based health services.