More than four million Americans have mental retardation or developmental
disabilities. In the early part
of the 20th century, they received services in large
public institutions or were cared for by their families
with very little financial and social support. More recently,
states have responded to the needs of people with developmental
disabilities and their families, with more options of care.
Independent living settings are increasingly replacing
institutional care with community-based services. However,
community care settings require that states provide a
wide range of
support areas, including mental and physical
healthcare, crisis response, housing assistance and income
support. This has been difficult as providers are challenged
to continually improve the quality of the programs they
offer on smaller budgets.
Fiscal challenges, and the desire to increase the level and quality of support
to people with disabilities, require a focus on cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
Part of that strategy should be a review of your organization’s information
management systems to gain an understanding of how technology can have a dramatic
effect on I/DD agencies' ability to adapt to this challenging environment and a positive
impact on your ability improve the lives of those you serve.
Netsmart offers a full range of I/DD solutions, including the most comprehensive practice
management system, Avatar
PM, and clinical solution, Avatar
CWS, in the industry to help address key areas of concern, which include:
- Reduction of budgets and staffing
- Constantly changing and increasing reporting requirements
- First-time automation of clinical processes
- Interest in applications that are tailored and easily
- Desire for data analysis and sharing
Avatar Mobile is an optional module to Avatar PM and Avatar CWS that offers staff access to important decision-support tools away from the office. Electronic health records are accessed and managed at the point of service, providing the worker with vital information and eliminating the need to re-enter service records and related data upon their return to the office. Recording events at the time of their occurrence improves data accuracy, saves time and allows the work to focus on the person needing care, instead of the paperwork.
Netsmart’s comprehensive Avatar software suite
can also be delivered as a hosted application, Avatar ASP, for organizations that want to eliminate the need
to maintain servers locally and reduce upfront costs.
In addition to practice management and clinical system, Netsmart offers other solutions to help you effectively manage your business. Avatar Executive Reporting System (ERS) is a powerful data warehouse environment and reporting infrastructure that helps resolve daily reporting requirements, while optimizing the Avatar system to convert data into actionable information and identify areas of improvement.
In addition, to help manage training needs and staff turnover issues, Netsmart
offers Netsmart University. Netsmart University is powered by Continued Learning, a comprehensive
suite of learning tools, including online classes, in-person classes and customized
Web portals to manage all corporate training to support accreditation
efforts, gain staff CEUs, and assist in training new employees.
Netsmart has a deep understanding of the issues faced by I/DD organizations.
Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion about your organization’s
unique challenges and requirements.
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