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Pandemic stresses long-term care’s abilities, Paycor survey finds

Fifty-six percent of long-term care providers say fear of contracting the coronavirus is disrupting their ability to deliver care, according to a new survey by human capital management company Paycor. In addition, the virus has put added pressures on the labor market, with 64% of respondents saying they are concerned about skilled staff leaving nursing…

Ensocare to support Central Logic’s post-acute transition coordination

Central Logic, a healthcare access and orchestration company, has acquired Omaha-based Ensocare, which automates inpatient referrals to post-acute care. Central Logic’s flexible technology currently focuses on referrals and transfers into a health system by uniting all available provider, facility and transportation resources to enable them to operate as one system of care. This approach enables…

Myndshft adds web app for benefits verification, coordinations

Myndshft Technologies, provider of integrated benefits-check and prior-authorization technology for post-acute care providers, launched Myndview, a web application that offers the same real-time solutions as those embedded in Myndshft API integrations. Post-acute care providers continue to be faced with growing demands to provide accurate and detailed benefits coverage and out-of-pocket costs at the point of…

PointClickCare adds antibiotic stewardship function

Senior care software provider PointClickCare has added antibiotic stewardship functionality to its Infection Prevention & Control solution, enabling staff to optimize the use of antibiotic agents via best practice guidelines — and avoid building resistance. The commercial release of Infection Prevention & Control workflow is designed to help customers manage and control the spread of infection…

Bluestream Health integrates language interpretation services

Telehealth provider Bluestream Health has announced an integration with LanguageLine Solutions to provide on-demand translation services. Serving more than 50,000 providers, Bluestream delivers over 100,000 virtual care visits. The new integration enables on-demand, one-touch access to more than 13,000 professional, medically trained interpreters in more than 240 languages. Connections are made in seconds, with no…

CMS study: Avera eCARE Senior Care reduces LTC costs

Avera eCARE Senior Care reduced the cost of providing healthcare for long-term care residents, according to a federally sponsored evaluation of Health Care Innovation Award projects. Avera eCARE won a three-year, $8.8 million Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award aimed at improving healthcare and lowering costs for LTC residents. The Senior Care program primarily…

Telememory launches pilot serving isolated memory care patients

Telememory, a telehealth startup using artificial-based digital reminiscence technology to share memories and track emotional responses, has launched an Alpha testing program at Delmar Gardens Enterprises. The monthlong program seeks to connect memory care patients and families to their legacies while promoting the psychological health and well-being of residents at the skilled nursing, assisted living…

AliveCor’s ECG algorithm gets FDA nod

The Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to AliveCor’s next generation of interpretive ECG algorithms, used in personal cardiology devices to support telemedicine. AliveCor’s KardiaMobile and KardiaMobile 6L devices, along with the Kardia app, allow users to take a 30-second ECG and receive instant determinations of multiple cardiac conditions. The FDA clearance provides detail…

Medline launching U.S. face mask manufacturing

Medline plans to manufacture face masks in North America for the first time, modifying its Lithia Springs, GA, plant to begin producing level-1 ear loop procedure masks in January. When the company adds a second production line later in 2021, it estimates producing 36 million face masks per month. “Throughout the pandemic, Medline has been…

LG Hausys Floors introduces Atmosphere sheet product

LG Hausys Floors is introducing Atmosphere, a homogeneous sheet solution created to meet the rigorous health, safety and design requirements for healthcare environments.   Featuring LG Hausys’s chip design, Atmosphere combines durability, anti-bacterial properties and ease-of-maintenance with a fresh color palette offering 16 coordinating colors. Manufactured with a highly dense web-structured coating, Atmosphere also features LG’s…

Cleaning companies join forces on COVID-19 safety initiative

Four professional cleaning companies are collaborating on Sodexo’s Safer Together program, recently launched to give consumers more confidence about the cleaning and safety of shared spaces in healthcare settings. The enhanced cleaning and disinfection program incorporates well-known brands from Sodexo, P&G Professional, Clorox Healthcare and GOJO to be used in conjunction with Centers for Disease…

Centauri acquires Ivy Ventures for referral services

Centauri Health Solutions, a healthcare technology and services company, has acquired Ivy Ventures, a Virginia-based healthcare growth solutions company focused on developing referral-driven service lines and improving care coordination. The addition expands Centauri’s offerings, which already include Medicaid and disability eligibility and enrollment, out-of-state Medicaid billing and revenue cycle analytics. The company also works with…

LeadingAge publishes ‘Pandemic Playbook’

LeadingAge this week introduced the Pandemic Playbook, an interactive collection of insight, tools and best practices for serving older adults during a catastrophic health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.  While originally conceived to help ensure that aging services providers could prepare for and mitigate the impact of a future pandemic, the playbook now serves as…

Rensair air scrubbers make U.S. debut at Gulf Coast Health Care

Gulf Coast Health Care has installed the nation’s first Rensair portable air scrubbers inside its Florida and Mississippi facilities. Rensair’s patented system of UV light and HEPA13 filter technology has been shown to destroy 99.97% of airborne pathogens, including the virus responsible for COVID-19. The system is already used widely in the U.K and Scandinavia.…

In harmony: pCare and Coro Health team up on therapeutic music

pCare and Coro Health have integrated therapeutic music and spiritual support into pCare’s Interactive Patient System. The new offering is available to any pCare client, including nursing homes, and will leverage Coro Health’ offerings including MusicFirst and CoroFaith. “One of the biggest challenges hospitals and healthcare systems face in caring for patients during a pandemic…

SmartLinx picks Ascentium Capital as preferred commercial lender

SmartLinx Solutions, which provides workforce management solutions for post-acute care and senior living organizations, is working with preferred third-party commercial lender Ascentium Capital to offer flexible financing. A national provider of business equipment financing, leasing and loans, Ascentium Capital offers solutions that can increase productivity, reduce costs and advance quality care. SmartLinx’s new contactless technologies…

Essity expands its Tork PeakServe production line

Hygiene company Essity recently expanded its manufacturing capacity for Tork PeakServe Continuous Hand Towels, which ensure staff or guests only touch the towel they use in shared restrooms. Paper hand towels play an important role in improving hand hygiene. According to a Tork survey conducted in April, 68% of people prefer hand towels over air…

New bed drains away fluids

The Easy Drain bed is a new, fully functional and multi-operational hospital and long-term care bed, designed to let incontinent patients rest without having to wear adult briefs. The bed is fitted with a waterproof mattress that rapidly channels and funnels urine and other fluids through holes into a self-contained hose before landing in a…

Clorox Healthcare adds first sporicidal solution for Total 360 system

Clorox Healthcare’s first sporicidal solution, Clorox Healthcare Spore Defense Cleaner Disinfectant, is now available for the Clorox Total 360 System, an electrostatic sprayer that provides disinfecting coverage in the hardest-to-reach places. The new disinfectant is a low-fragrance bleach that kills Clostridium difficile — in addition to 42 other pathogens — in five minutes. It can be…

GHD focuses on tracing, scheduling, early notification of COVID-19 trends

Professional services firm GHD has unveiled four new technology solutions aimed at increasing the safety of residents in long-term care facilities through contact tracing, appointment bookings and early notification of COVID-19 trends. GHD Digital’s technology solutions for long-term care facilities are: SimpleTrack, which allows facilities to track and report symptoms and virus exposure. As restrictions…
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