Clarice Otminski, Director of PR & Community Marketing, Hospice Buffalo
HOSPICE BUFFALO RECEIVES GRANT FOR DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
(Cheektowaga, New York)
The James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. awards Hospice Buffalo $59,000 for DocuWare software.
DocuWare is a document management imaging solution that can be leveraged across the entire organization for clinical integration, medical records, processing and storing accounts payables invoices, human resources and payroll documents, etc.
The first phase of the implementation will focus on integrating DocuWare into Hospice Buffalo’s referral/intake center to expedite the collection of medical information for referrals and admission into our programs. This new system will significantly reduce the time from referral to admission. Not only will it help admit patients sooner, it will positively impact the quality of each patient’s end-of-life care.
The second phase will allow clinicians to view all information on their electronic devices in real time, while out in the field. DocuWare will allow Hospice Buffalo clinicians to view all documents wherever they happen to be seeing the patient, whether it be in their home, in one of the Hospice-affiliated hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or the inpatient unit on the Mitchell Campus. This access will enable clinicians to provide more informed and better care to patients. While Hospice Buffalo provides care to individuals of any age, Hospice patients are generally older adults, which fit the James H. Cummings Foundation goal of assisting aged and infirm persons.
Hospice Buffalo serves individuals with serious illness and their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness and bereavement. Hospice Buffalo, one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative care programs, cares for more than 600 patients a day in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. Hospice Buffalo helps patients make choices about their care, supports those who are grieving, and educates the professional and lay communities about end-of-life issues.