Grant funding from Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership will increase home health workflow efficiency and care management
Rockville, MD, March 10, 2014 — Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County (VNA), a Pennsylvania home health care provider, selected Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) to provide an integrated Direct messaging solution to improve workflow efficiency and patient care management. VNA is among the awardees of a Home Health Grant program administered by the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority. The funding is designed to drive adoption of Direct messaging by home health agencies with the goal of improving efficiencies and patient care.
VNA selected Secure Exchange Solutions (SES), a certified Health Information Service Provider (HISP) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to provide Direct messaging and integration services to achieve the goals of the grant program.
By implementing electronic messaging, the VNA aims to replace slower and costlier phone calls, fax and paper communications. SES Connect is also being integrated into the VNA’s health record system, Allegheny Software, streamlining patient information exchange required for reimbursement, enabling a seamless user experience and facilitating expedited payments.
“There are many exciting implications for the VNA and the home health industry as we move forward with this new technology that connects home health nurses with the physicians with whom we share patients,” said Marion Nugent Cowan, President of the Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County. “We are very excited about the potential to improve our quality of care as well as our efficiency over time as a result of our collaboration with Secure Exchange Solutions and Allegheny Software that was made possible by the grant funding provided by the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership.”
Using SES products, the VNA is now able to share patient data, reports, forms and other time-sensitive information among staff, with primary care physicians, and with other healthcare providers.
“Home health care providers need non-proprietary communications that they can take with them to each patient’s home on their laptops, smartphones and tablets,” said Dan Kazzaz, CEO of Secure Exchange Solutions. “By integrating SES Online, SES SMTP and SES Connect, the VNA has equipped their employees with the tools they need to communicate information rapidly and securely, improving workflows and expediting the information exchange required for reimbursements.”
About Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County
Comprised of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and our sister organization, VNA Extended Home Care (VNAEC), the Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County provides supportive, compassionate home health, hospice and palliative care, and extended home care that recognizes patients as valued members of our community family. VNA has received the Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction, and was the 2013 winner of the Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction for the third consecutive year. For more information, please visit www.vnaindianacounty.com.
About Secure Exchange Solutions (SES)
Since 2007, Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) has been delivering simple, scalable and cost effective solutions for exchanging healthcare information. As a Health Information Service Provider (HISP) and a committed member of the Direct Project, SES helps healthcare stakeholders meet the requirements for Meaningful Use. SES products expedite healthcare communications, improve quality of care, optimize care transitions, and reduce reliance on costly and complex communications. For more information, please visitwww.secureexsolutions.com.