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Netsmart Enables Ohioans Home Healthcare to Improve Operations, Enhance Patient Care and Satisfaction
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 8, 2018 — Ohioans Home Healthcare (Ohioans), a Perrysburg, Ohio-based home healthcare agency, has enhanced both staff and patient satisfaction through solutions delivered by Netsmart. Clinicians and providers at Ohioans migrated from an inefficient paper-based clinical documentation approach to an easy-to-navigate electronic health record (EHR) solution designed with the unique needs of home healthcare delivery in mind.
“When we first became Ohioans, we were toting around cumbersome documentation bins from place to place, which was neither HIPAA compliant nor efficient,” said Kimberly Schmeltz, director of operations at Ohioans. “Now our nurses can digitally document and access important health information on the go with tablets. Because we spend less time digging for history, documenting on paper and then entering the data into another system, we’re able to devote much more time during our visits to do what we’re there to do – deliver care.”
Ohioans staff are able to take advantage of streamlined, role-based workflows with customizable documentation along with mobile accessibility that enables clinicians to document easily and accurately at the time care is delivered. These workflows provide nurses and clinicians with quick and simple access to vital information to facilitate effective care delivery and coordination.
Digital documentation has led to increased recruitment and retention of employees as well as the overall growth of the company. Since 2011, Ohioans has seen its staff grow from seven to more than 350 employees, serving around 2,500 individuals.
“It’s improved staffing and retention for us,” said Schmeltz. “We make it feasible for our clinicians to do what they love most and not only are our staff staying with us, they’re putting the word out that others should work with us too. We have a great team. We don’t feel strained on that front.”
The satisfaction is not limited to Ohioans’ staff. Improved productivity and care delivery have created a positive reaction among patients. CMS Home Health Compare patient satisfaction surveys indicate that when asked, patients rated the overall care from Ohioans at 91 percent compared to the 82 percent Ohio average.
“There is a strong correlation between satisfied patients and satisfied clinicians,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “The impact technology can have on an organization’s operations also has an impact to the individuals they serve and it’s this reason that drives us to continue to innovate the solutions that earn the approval of provider organizations across the healthcare continuum.”
About Ohioans Home Healthcare
Ohioans Home Healthcare, Inc. is committed to providing excellence in everything we do. Our mission is to help individuals lead healthier, more independent lives by providing the highest standard of care. We strive to respectfully and compassionately meet the needs of our patients and their families, by listening, planning, educating and delivering the highest standard of individualized care.
Netsmart designs, builds and delivers electronic health records (EHRs), solutions and services that are powerful, intuitive and easy-to-use. Our platform provides accurate, up-to-date information that is easily accessible to care team members in behavioral health, care at home, senior living and social services. We make the complex simple and personalized so our clients can concentrate on what they do best: provide services and treatment that support whole-person care.
By leveraging the powerful Netsmart network, care providers can seamlessly and securely integrate information across communities, collaborate on the most effective treatments and improve outcomes for those in their care. Our streamlined systems and personalized workflows put relevant information at the fingertips of users when and where they need it.
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Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDayMatters® Foundation, which was established for behavioral health, care at home, senior living and social services organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories.