eCaring: a Home Care Management & Monitoring System

From Press Release…

eCaring™ Develops Breakthrough Home Health Care Management System

eCaring Creates Easy To Use Web-Based Home Care Management And Monitoring
Systems For Families, Home Health Care Workers, And Doctors

Contact: Robert Herzog, (917)-743-4347 or (347)-946-0080; info@ecaring.com

NEW YORK, Dec. 7th 2011 – eCaring™ LLC today announced the launch of its new home health care management and monitoring system that enables home care recipients to live at home longer, with better quality of care, at lower cost.  eCaring’s breakthrough web-based system enables everyone involved with home health care—from family members to home care providers to doctors—to receive up-to-date, useful information on the care, conditions, activities and status of home health care patients.  eCaring also announced today that it will offer a 75% discount for life to those families accepted into its beta test.

eCaringRobert M. Herzog, eCaring’s CEO, says: “Family members, health care providers and all concerned parties can finally view and use home health care information from their computer or mobile device, anywhere, anytime.  For the first time, home health care recipients can enjoy the benefits of digital records.”

“Over 60 million Americans are involved with home care situations,” Herzog notes.   “But until now, despite the growing emphasis on helping people stay at home longer to receive better quality of care, no system has provided the answer to the most basic of questions for family members who can’t always be by their loved one’s side:  ’What’s going on?’  But that’s all changed with eCaring.”

“eCaring is a first of its kind,” said Carol Rodat, New York Policy Director for PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of care by improving the quality of the jobs in long-term care.  PHI provides consulting and training services to long-term care providers, curriculum development, and policy  research and advocacy at the federal and state level.  “eCaring’s health care system is designed for the family caregiver, the home care aide and members of the care management team,” continued Rodat.  ”By providing necessary and critical information on a timely basis, eCaring can improve the health outcomes of those who wish to remain at home.  It is an important addition to the home care process.”

eCaring’s patent-pending system enables home aides and caregivers, regardless of their language skills or computer literacy, to enter extensive amounts of vital information in real time about the care being received by home health care recipients.   “I know from first hand experience how terribly difficult it is to have to make the transition to coping with home care, emotionally, logistically and financially, which led me to use digital media tools to develop a simpler and better way,” Herzog stated.

“We’ve created an icon-based system that users can learn in minutes, which is what makes it so innovative and powerful,” says Herzog.   “That allows home caregivers to quickly and easily provide people outside the home with up-to-date comprehensive information about how their loved ones are being cared for: How well are they eating, or taking their medications?  What are their vital signs? What are their activities, their bodily functions, their physical and mental condition? All these essential concerns can now be tracked in a very detailed way using eCaring.”

eCaring enables family members and healthcare providers to spot trends and sudden changes, so they can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones.   Doctors can look at patterns over weeks or months, utilizing the kind of electronic record keeping that can save lives and money.  With this in mind, Herzog announced today that eCaring will offer 200 families with home healthcare needs the opportunity to beta test the Company’s service.

“This way families can experience first hand the ease, simplicity and importance of using the eCaring system.  People in these situations deserve peace of mind and the improved care that their loved ones will receive.  We want people to enjoy the benefits of using eCaring, so we’re offering a limited number of people a 75% discount of just $20 per month to try the system out.”, said Herzog.   Interested users can sign up at http://ecaring.com/become-a-beta-user.

In addition to providing support for general home care, eCaring provides a crucial communications link among hospitals, agencies, community care providers and families to manage post-discharge care and reduce hospital readmissions, a potentially enormous cost savings.   As Rodat noted, “ eCaring is the first health care application that makes use of the training and experience of home care aides in a manner that is both timely and comprehensive.  eCaring helps integrate the home care aide into the clinical team – a step that has long been needed.”

To download and share this press release, please visit: http://ecaring.com/news

About eCaring:

eCaring is a privately held New York company.  It believes that home care can be better. To achieve that, it uses the best systems and technology to deliver timely information and effective communications among family members, care managers, and home health providers regarding the daily care and management of seniors and those with chronic conditions. In doing so, it can greatly improve the quality and cost effectiveness of home health care services while reducing the stress of caregiving.

eCaring was started by family members with first hand experience in coordinating and planning 24 hour home care for their elderly parents.  Responding to the difficulties and challenges of providing such care, they reached out to find the best professional and practical expertise of health care-industry and digital media professionals.  Please visit www.ecaring.com

PHI – Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

PHI works to transform eldercare and disability services.  Our goal is to foster dignity, respect, and independence– for all who receive care, and all who provide it. The nation’s leading authority on the direct-care workforce, PHI promotes quality direct-care jobs as the foundation for quality care.

PHI works to strengthen our nation’s long-term care direct-care workforce, which includes nearly 3 million home health aides, certified nurse aides, and personal care attendants.  PHI’s program activities develop recruitment, training, supervision, and client-centered caregiving practices—along with the public policies necessary to support those practices.  PHI believes that creating quality jobs for direct-care workers is essential to providing high-quality, cost-effective services to long-term care consumers.  http://phinational.org/

 


 

Our Reaction: Modern Health Talk would like to hear from eCaring Beta test users (reply below) since we have no personal experience with the system. The website left us with more questions than answers, so we sent a reply asking about their telehealth plans, such as interfacing with My Family Health Portrait or other EMR/PHR systems, medical & environmental devices & sensors to eliminate the need to manually input data, and the ability to bring the family and care team together in video conferences. We’re also anxious to see the tablet they’re working on and learn about its underlying technology. In general, we have a harder time endorsing products built upon proprietary technologies since they cost more to develop and to grow with new apps and device support, so we hope their future plans embrace open standards.

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One Response to “eCaring: a Home Care Management & Monitoring System”

  • When I posted this eCaring press release I added a comment asking to hear from people who’ve used the system, and I was glad to get a call from company CEO Robert Herzog who provided a personal demo of his unique home health care system and answered my questions. That was 10 days ago, and I should have added this update earlier, but I lost my notes and now write this from memory.

    What I didn’t understand until the demo is how eCaring’s CareTracker system can complement EMR/PHR systems or systems that interface directly with medical devices. As seen in the video at http://ecaring.com/care-tracker, CareTracker is designed as a tool for home health care workers of all skill levels, including those who have trouble speaking English. Its iconic user interface can easily be used by a team or family and paid caretakers speaking different languages and even includes a journaling function (video at http://ecaring.com/care-journal) to track daily activities such as eating, bathing and toileting, conditions, and mental and physical states of patients, highlighting special problems, so you and the medical team can keep track of what’s going on and intervene if necessary. It even keeps time sheets for health aid payroll systems.

    eCaring currently works on a home computer, but they’re also developing a tablet that I’m told is based on open standards, satisfying my early concerns. The eCaring tablet is intended as a shared device used by the entire caring team, rather than software for individual smartphones and tablets. Given the company’s vision and system design, that approach makes sense.

    Positioning – I envision eCaring as a physician-prescribed solution that’s implemented locally from each doctor’s office or healthcare facility, at least initially. It has the potential of becoming a nationwide standard if early trials go well.

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