PointClickCare Technologies to Acquire Collective Medical

PointClickCare, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, has announced its intent to acquire Collective Medical, a leading network-enabled platform for real-time cross-continuum care coordination. PointClickCare Technologies is a leader in cloud-based software technology and serves more than 21,000 long-term and post-acute care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies.
The acquisition is said to create the largest combined acute and post-acute care network in North America. In "PointClickCare To Acquire Collective Medical for Reported $650 Million in Care Coordination Play," Senior Housing News reported the acquisition price at just under $650 million.
Now, due to the pandemic, many senior living companies are working more closely than ever with other types of health care providers, and things that hamper the flow of information between settings are more noticeable, said the article.  In addition, many senior living provider companies are pivoting toward operational models more rooted in strong clinical capabilities, including through closer partnerships with physicians, hospitals, and other partners across the continuum.

BlueOrange Compliance Promotes Ransomware Resilience Assessment

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned ransomware into a household name, said LeadingAge CAST Supporter BlueOrange Compliance in a recent press release. Hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities navigate a daily maze of maintaining easily accessible patient care records while avoiding cyber security pitfalls. 

Hackers are ramping up attacks. In 2020, ransomware attacks have risen by 715% compared with just last year alone, according to newly released data from Bitdefender's Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2020.
Over the past few months clients of BlueOrange, a well-respected thought leader on cyber security and HIPAA compliance, have asked at an alarming rate for help in the area of cybersecurity and specifically ransomware. In Response, BlueOrange has created what it calls the most in-depth product in the ransomware defense space: the Ransomware Resilience Assessment. This service will help plan, guide, and implement changes into an organization that will lower the fundamental risk if and when a ransomware attack occurs. 

O’Hern Writes on Importance of Continuing Video Visits

A guest column by Karen O'Hern, vice president of product management at LeadingAge CAST Supporter iN2L, shares the importance of continuing video visits long term. The article, “3 reasons to keep offering video visits even after the pandemic,” appeared in McKnight’s Senior Living and presented the following reasons:

  • More opportunity for regular, meaningful social touchpoints. Video calls can strengthen connections by letting residents and their loved ones see faces on screen and feel more assured that the other is looking and doing well.
  • Control in residents’ hands. Using a simple device that makes video calling easy helps reinstate independence for residents, especially in assisted living, who often feel loss of control over their lifestyle. 
  • Telehealth for provider appointments. Research shows that telehealth can be just as effective as an in-person visit. With the increased demand for telehealth during the pandemic, industry experts are saying we are at a turning point; there is no going back.

Patel Shares Tips on Ensuring Your EHR Is Built for the Future

Nick Patel from Asbury Communities, a LeadingAge CAST Patron, has published a guest column in McKnight’s Senior Living. “Is your EHR built for the future?” presented three key questions that form the backbone of a strong evaluation process.

  • Do the vendor’s vision and product development plans align with your strategic plans? Patel included questions for providers to ask potential vendors.
  • Does the platform cover all care settings in an integrated, interoperable and secure fashion? Make sure that what claims to be a fully integrated system actually is – and that it covers all levels of living and care settings.
  • Do you have the right technology architecture to support your organizational needs? Having a rock-solid IT foundation means having the requisite bandwidth, strong Wi-Fi and a plan for full coverage, and multiple layers of security, including ID management. 

Burns Presents on Cybersecurity

Chip Burns, chief information officer for LeadingAge CAST Patron Sun Health Communities, presented on cybersecurity at WESTMARC’s recent West Valley Pipeline Industry Spotlight. WESTMARC is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community, and the educational sector in the West Valley of the Greater Phoenix region. West Valley View covered the talk.
Burns emphasized the reality of cybersecurity, especially in health care. “At Sun Health we (defended) an average of 8,000 attacks every week … and we log all the attempts. We have cyber security audits every year to look at improving our system and how much we’re getting into that,” Burns was quoted as saying.
Burns is a CAST Commissioner and was co-founder and sponsor of the HackFest event for LeadingAge. He has more than 44 years of experience in information technology and has specialized in senior living technology since 1997.

Fully Managed Launches New Platform and Partnership

CAST Business Associate Fully Managed (formerly CareWorx), a leading North American managed IT provider and technology supplier to the senior care sector, has announced the launch of its Stay Open Digital Screening Platform.
Fully Managed Stay Open helps senior care facilities automate screening processes for staff and visitors, helping to minimize risk, support enhanced infection control, and reduce manual, administrative tasks that detract from providing care. The platform helps organizations prioritize safety for residents and staff, especially now as they deal with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The press release appeared on AFV News.
Fully Managed also announced a new partnership with Link-age Solutions as a preferred supplier for IT services. Link-age Solutions is the group purchasing arm of Link-age, an Ohio-based member organization serving the needs of over 450 senior living communities across the United States.