Over 70 Percent of Respondents Fear Funding Will Not Meet Future Demand
Reston, VA. — October 4, 2010 – Harmony Information Systems Inc., the leader in integrated health and human services management, today announced the results of a survey that cited lack of funding, effective collaboration, lack of workforce talent and the ability to share data as the biggest challenges facing the industry. Despite these concerns, over 90 percent of respondents stated they feel prepared for an increase in the senior population over the next five years.
While the majority of those surveyed feel they are currently prepared for an increase in the senior population, an overwhelming 70 percent of survey respondents listed funding as their biggest concern for the future. As organizations prioritize their available resources, many are streamlining processes by leveraging technology to automate manual, time consuming tasks. This enables them to more effectively care for their customers, while reducing cost and overhead. In addition, over 80 percent of survey respondents listed the ability to collaborate with agencies, service providers, consumers and caregivers within their program area as their biggest priority.
“This survey of aging services professionals not only highlights the current challenges in the industry, it also illustrates the effect these issues will have on critical elder-care programs as the aging population increases,” said Joseph Sander, President and CEO of Harmony Information Systems. “Harmony is dedicated to helping these organizations proactively address these concerns by developing and implementing technology solutions that optimize operations, automate processes and reduce costs.”
Conducted at the 2010 Harmony Users Conference, the survey polled professionals from aging services and Adult Protective Services organizations nationwide about the biggest issues facing aging services professionals and their organizational priorities. Participating organizations included providers and state, local and county agencies that provide long-term care and services to seniors.
The Harmony suite of solutions is rapidly becoming the standard for aging services organizations throughout the country. Harmony for Aging is the most widely-used solution in the United States for home and community-based care and is relied on by the majority of agencies across the national aging network. Harmony for APS, which was introduced in 2009, is already live in three state-wide deployments. Together, these two Harmony products make up the only fully integrated suite of off-the-shelf solutions for aging services organizations and their web-based delivery model shortens implementation times, decreases upfront capital expenses and provides anywhere, anytime access by case workers.
Harmony Information Systems Inc., (Harmony), the leader in integrated health and human services management, provides comprehensive solutions that enable organizations to manage growing consumer case loads with existing resources. The company’s end-to-end solutions manage the delivery of care for elders and intellectually disabled persons, enabling organizations to maximize outcomes while increasing service delivery efficiency, ensuring compliance with funding requirements, and automating Medicaid waiver processes. Harmony products are used by more than 450 state, local, and private provider human service organizations to manage both traditional and consumer-directed models of service. For more information on Harmony products and solutions, visit www.harmonyis.com or call us at 866.951.2219.