Hurlbut™ Care Communities

Network Assessment for a Secure Path Forward

At a Glance: Since opening the doors of their first nursing home in 1969, the Hurlbut family, and Hurlbut Care Communities has provided quality care to residents in a nurturing environment while preserving their dignity and self-respect.

Organization Background:

  • Offers the highest quality long-term skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation care
  • 12 homes with 992 nursing home beds in New York state; one home in Florida
  • Approximately 1,500 employees

Issues:

  • Wanted to prepare for expected Meaningful Use (MU) Directive -- using and exchanging data for enhanced care
  • “We want to be ahead of the game when it comes to patient records and technology”

Solution: Network Assessment

Benefit: Prepared for Meaningful Use directive, and any future IT needs

Situation
Hurlbut Care Communities, a skilled nursing provider, was anticipating the adoption of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Meaningful Use (MU) directive. The directive requires electronic health records (EHR) to be tested and certified, while providing incentives for using certified EHR technology to achieve specific objectives designed to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency. Hurlbut Care Communities engaged the assistance of Dox, and their assessment services, to prepare for the MU directive.

“Dox gives us a sense of comfort. The company’s engineers have the unique ability to understand our business requirements.”

- Bridgett Reed, CFO of Hurlbut Care Communities

The Solution
Our engineers visited multiple Hurlbut Care Communities locations to provide a top-to-bottom review of the company’s network and design, analyzing the system hardware and system capacity. We provided an overall assessment of the current state of the company’s network.

Results
According to Bridgett Reed, Hurlbut Care Communities is better prepared for the MU directive, and for the future. “Prior to utilizing Dox for this network assessment, we felt handicapped in moving forward with IT equipment purchases -- we didn’t want to buy new technology and then regret it down the road if it didn’t meet our needs a year or two from now,” she said. “This assessment gave us the confidence that our current design and purchases were consistent with the needs we have today and where we need to be in the near term future.”