In the changing landscape of care human service agencies in Pennsylvania, and across the country, are facing new challenges. Providers are being asked to confront new federal and local mandates while also facing greater scrutiny of their agency operations and outcomes.
AWARDS is a web-based electronic record for human service providers and behavioral health EHR in Pennsylvania that can simplify all aspects of your agency operations (from intake and admissions to billing and reporting) and help you meet regulatory expectations.
Click any of the topics below to find out how Pennsylvania agencies are using AWARDS to streamline agency operations and ultimately improve service delivery for their clients.
AWARDS Electronic Record
Benefits for Human Service Agencies in Pennsylvania
Foothold Technology’s AWARDS helps your organization thrive by offering:
- Standardization of agency data collection & charting procedures
- More staff accountability through reporting, audit trails & reminders
- Easier access to your data, accessible from any location at the agency
- Increased efficiency allowing staff more time to provide supports & services
- Easy audits available through AWARDS robust reporting functionality
- Standard workflow for all agency employees
- Safe, secure & HIPAA compliant data storage
- Web-based cloud technology, eliminating hardware & infrastructure maintenance costs
With AWARDS, we can meet our regulations across two different states,
all in one database.
Many Regulations, One Electronic Record | Keystone Community Resources
Services: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Housing, Day and Vocational Services, Health Services, Clinical Services
Year Founded: 1964
Consumers Served: Over 600 annually
Annual Operating Budget: $30 million
Using AWARDS Since: 2013
The Situation: An agency faces the challenge of different regulations for different programs
For over fifty years, Keystone Community Resources has been serving the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Pennsylvania. The agency offers a wide range of services including day and vocation programs, respite care, and over 50 group homes. Keystone also supports residents in New Jersey through a group home and oversees a Supports Coordination Program in eight northern New Jersey counties. Like many agencies managing multiple programs in different geographic locations and supported by different funders, Keystone faced the challenge of operating efficiently, while maintaining unique reporting and regulatory standards for two separate and distinct jurisdictions. To tackle this challenge, Keystone turned to Foothold Technology’s electronic record, AWARDS.
The Solution: Unique workflow for employees in each state using AWARDS FormBuilder
Keystone staff were originally documenting agency data on paper forms accessed through an online shared drive. Step one toward a better solution was achieved when the agency made its transition from paper forms to AWARDS. Reporting became easier and increased agency efficiency allowing staff more time to provide support to consumers. Step two required a solution that could address the unique regulatory needs of each state, but still support the overall operational, quality assurance and reporting needs of the agency. For this step, Keystone staff and the Foothold implementation team partnered to use AWARDS’ FormBuilder tool to create state-specific forms for data collection, reporting and analysis. Through FormBuilder, Keystone created a unique workflow for staff in each state.
The Result: Addressing the challenge of multiple regulations is no longer an obstacle
Once the program-specific forms were launched in AWARDS, staff began documenting their work specific to program and location. Because each username and password corresponds to its appropriate program, nurses and clinicians are automatically directed to the forms appropriate for his or her program. This has been especially beneficial when it comes to documenting psychiatric reviews, which carry different requirements for the two different states in which Keystone operates. In Pennsylvania, psychiatric reviews are required every twelve weeks, and in New Jersey, reviews are required every six months, at a minimum. By integrating AWARDS into its agency operations, Keystone has not only adapted its method of documentation to achieve more efficiency for the entire agency, but because the regulatory requirements for two different sets of programs are captured in one centralized database, reporting is less of a burden and ensures both flexibility and compliance across multiple programs.
Frank Koerber, Executive Director, Typical Life Corporation
David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology
The changing policy landscape means vital programs benefiting individuals with disabilities and their families are facing new challenges. Organizations in Pennsylvania, and across the country, are being asked to confront new federal and local mandates while also facing greater scrutiny of their organization operations and outcomes. Managers need new tools, agencies must operate more efficiently, staff are seeking new skills, and outcomes are measured by efficiency and success rather than volume.
Feeling overwhelmed? Join Foothold Technology for an interactive conversation featuring Typical Life Corporation of Pennsylvania, sharing examples of how organizations are adapting to change and finding clarity by combining great leadership, enhanced workforce development, and quality data. Presenters will share concrete tips on how an electronic record can help you prepare for an uncertain future, and can provide you with strategic tools you need to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. This is not a demo of technology, rather a conversation based on best practices from provider organizations using technology.
Our Footprint in Pennsylvania
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Keystone Community Resources
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MHY Family Services
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Threshold Rehabilitation Services
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Typical Life Corporation
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