Mitigating healthcare staffing crisis through technology leads discussions at 2022 Forcura CONNECT Summit

Experts say interoperable technology is more crucial than ever to prepare for changing demands including value-based care, higher patient acuity levels and greater patient volumes.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Forcura, a healthcare technology company that enables safer patient care transitions and coordination, recently hosted its 2022 Forcura CONNECT Summit, where nearly 600 healthcare professionals attended to learn where the post-acute care sector stands in competing in a value-based care economy.

Key Takeaway: Complex Care Requires Connected Technology and Partnerships

Nearly all of the 30 speakers framed their talks around the healthcare staffing crisis and the escalating complexities of and solutions for caring for sicker patients in home-based settings.

For example, Merrimack Valley ACO, a Medicaid ACO based in Massachusetts, drove down overall costs and reduced rehospitalization rates for their patient population by coordinating home health and behavioral care as part of a ‘medical neighborhood.’ According to Dr. Christine Rooney, chief medical officer of Merrimack Valley ACO, monthly costs dropped from $80 per member to just $8.

More panels discussed why leveraging analytics at the point of care doesn’t just improve operational expenses but can also enhance the provider experience. Speaker Nick Knowlton, vice president of strategic initiatives at ResMed and board chairman of CommonWell Health Alliance, expanded on this point and stated technology systems must overcome the friction for stakeholders to share, collect and act on information, saying, “if you want to manage patients with multiple co-morbidities and improve their outcomes…you have to have multiple stakeholders engaged. You can’t do that without interoperability.”

“As more and more healthcare professionals – business administrators, policy leaders, technologists, clinicians – reach across the line and cross-train in other sectors, the better we will be able to understand the business and care objectives of each other, and the better we will serve the patient. These partnerships really help to drive innovation,” said Forcura Chief Strategy Officer Annie Erstling.

Forcura CONNECT Award Winner and Donation to Patients and Employees in Need

Forcura also honored Amedisys with its first-ever Forcura CONNECT Award, which recognizes a post-acute care provider organization for their exemplary approach or achievement in empowering better patient care. As part of its recognition, Forcura gifted $5,000 to the Amedisys Foundation, which provides financial assistance to home health, hospice and personal care patients as well as employees.

Session recordings are now available on demand by visiting https://www.forcura.com/2022-connect-recordings.

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About Forcura

Forcura, a leading healthcare technology company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, facilitates continuity of care via technology, analytics and a deep commitment to enabling better patient care. The Forcura suite of tools is powered by Forcura Connect, a proprietary framework for standardizing interoperability and integration among post-acute health care organizations, physicians, electronic health records (EHRs) and other supporting technology vendors. Through our technology and analytics solutions, we are a step closer every day to elevating the opportunities of post-acute care. The company has been recognized in 2021 as the Best Healthcare Technology Solution by the SIIA, ranked for the fifth consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 and is a top-20 ranked Fortune Best Small & Medium Workplaces™. For more information visit http://www.forcura.com, call 800-378-0596 or follow Forcura on LinkedIn.

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