Brightree Panel to Explore Effective Readiness Assessment Methods and Key Indicators for Implementation of Technology

Hospice care experts to define organizational characteristics for when to deploy electronic medical record systems

ATLANTA –  May 8, 2017Brightree®, a leading provider of cloud-based software to improve clinical and business performance of post-acute care companies, announced it will lead a panel examining how to effectivlely utilize readiness assessment methods and characteristics for when an organization is prepared to implement or replace an electronic medical record (EMR) system at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health and Hospice’s annual conference in Dillon, Colo. on May 18 at 10:40 a.m. CST.

To better educate hospice providers on how to leverage healthcare technology, Brightree’s upcoming panel, “Hospice Agency EMR Readiness Assessment,” will examine effective assessment methods and key characteristics of organizations ready to embark on an EMR implementation or replacement. Panel attendees will learn how readiness assessments reinforce best practices related to organizational efficiency, staff adoption and the successful utilization of technology.

Panelists include:  Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, CEO of Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care;  Rachel Taylor, hospice manager of Canyon Home Care and Hospice;  Nick Knowlton, Brightree VP of Business Development and CommonWell Health Alliance board member;  Kim Weddle, BN, BSN, Brightree clinical specialist; and  Melissa Polly, Brightree product marketing director (moderator).

“In order to effectively utilize technology, hospice organizations need to assess their technological needs and willingness to undertake an EMR implementation project,” said Taylor. “Readiness assessments are essential in providing agency leaders with an overview of the resources available to them and what steps they need to take in order to successfully adopt and implement an EMR system.”

“The benefits of electronic medical records go beyond the simple ability to access and coordinate patient care, but rather all activities completed through EMRs are aimed at improving quality of care for patients,” said Knowlton. “To move forward with an EMR system, hospice agencies must understand the key characteristics for project readiness and how to identify areas of improvement. This is a vital step in any EMR implementation.”

About Brightree

Brightree is a leading provider of cloud-based software to improve clinical and business performance of post-acute care companies. Ranked one of the top 100 health care IT companies in the U.S., Brightree serves more than 2,200 organizations in the HME, home health, hospice, orthotic and prosthetic, HME pharmacy, home infusion and rehabilitation home care segments. For more information, visit or call 1.888.598.7797. Brightree is a registered trademark of Brightree LLC.