Catawba Regional Hospice Launches Referral App to Improve Access to Care

Catawba Regional Hospice recently premiered its new patient-referral app for smartphones as part of a continuing and dedicated effort to improve health care through technology.

As a community-based health care organization, Catawba Regional Hospice often hears that people wish they'd known about hospice earlier in order to maximize services for loved ones. The CRH Referral app puts knowledge directly in the hands of users and allows them to make informed decisions for individuals challenged by advanced illness.

The app is designed to enhance access especially for physicians. It offers details about who can benefit from hospice services based on their particular medical diagnosis, and it shares the appropriate admissions criteria and levels of care based on a patient's condition.

The general public may also use the app, which provides an overview of Catawba Regional Hospice's programs and facilities, letting people explore what Hospice offers from the comfort of their own homes.

Ultimately, the app invites users to contact Catawba Regional Hospice and set up a consultation to see how a patient who's recommended might find relief and gain better quality of life.

Dave Clarke, Catawba Regional Hospice President and CEO, lauds the referral app for helping simplify the process of referring a patient for medical, spiritual, and emotional support.

"The CRH Referral app joins our telehealth program in enhancing the care we can provide to patients and families through technology. With a few taps of the screen, folks can reach out to us for information, for photos and video, and to request support. Our primary objective is to bring comfort to those we serve, and this app offers yet another innovative way to achieve that goal."

The CRH Referral app was created in collaboration with Caring Foundations, whose relationships with health care organizations across the country are helping ensure the long-term success of community-based hospice providers.

The app is available by searching for 'CRH Referral' at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It's a free download.