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AOD Enhances Its Answers? EHR with Industry-Leading Quality Improvement Tools

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10/30/2013 | 03:54pm CET

INTERACT to be embedded in AOD's software to improve quality of care and help reduce avoidable hospital readmissions

AOD Software, the leading integrated software solution for long-term care providers, will embed the nationally recognized INTERACT TM Quality Improvement program into its Answers TM electronic health record (EHR) solution through a license with Florida Atlantic University (FAU). AOD made the announcement today at the Leading Age Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas.

Created by Joseph Ouslander, MD, professor and senior associate dean for geriatric programs and interim chair for the department of integrated medical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, INTERACT was designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation and communication of changes in the status of residents in long term care facilities. With development supported at various stages by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Commonwealth Fund, INTERACT was implemented in 30 community-based nursing homes in Florida, Massachusetts and New York during a six-month period and documented a 17 percent reduction in hospital admissions among the residents.

"Providing superior service and unsurpassed quality is a top priority for organizations that use Answers," says Doc DeVore, director of clinical informatics and industry relations for AOD. "We are pleased to offer the proven functionality of INTERACT to help underscore our shared commitment to advancing the health and wellbeing of residents living in long term care facilities."

"Concerns surrounding efforts to reduce readmission to hospitals continue to escalate," notes Charles George, chief technology officer and vice president of research and development for AOD. "In many cases, residents could be more effectively and comfortably cared for in their long term care facility--but only with the early identification of, and response to, changes in status that might lead to hospitalization. With INTERACT embedded within the clinical workflows of Answers EHR, care providers will have access to this early detection program to identify these situations."

DeVore adds that the combined functionality of Answers EHR and INTERACT could result in improved care for residents, fewer complications due to unnecessary hospitalization and significant savings in healthcare spending.

About AOD Software

AOD is the industry's leading provider of integrated clinical, financial, operational and point-of-sale solutions to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. With more than 45 modules, AOD's software solution, Answers TM, is the most comprehensive solution in the industry, offering single-point access to robust, enterprise-wide functionality, including electronic health records (EHR), MDS, care plans, assisted living, home health, human resources, billing, payroll and financials (general ledger, accounts payable, facilities management and donor development). The software suite is the industry's only fully integrated system that maximizes the capabilities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Skilled Nursing Home Facilities (SNFs), Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Home Health Agencies. AOD is the first software system certified for long term care under the CCHIT Certified 2011 LTPAC program. For more information, please visit www.AODsoftware.com.

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University was established in 1961 and officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges including the recently established Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The INTERACT TM Quality Improvement program was created by Dr. Joseph Ouslander, professor and senior associated dean for geriatric programs, and interim chair, department of integrated medical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. For more information about INTERACT, visit http://www.interact.fau.edu

Dodge Communications
Emily Fehn, 770-776-4995

© Business Wire 2013
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