Costs are rising for the Berlin Nursing Department, but the answer may lie in a
change in technology and partnership with the town and grants from the Berlin
Visiting Nurse Association.
Members of the Berlin Town Council on Tuesday will determine whether to move
forward with a motion that would allow for a system conversion and training,
waiving the town’s bidding procedures and approve a one-year medical software
contract with Brightree Software in an amount not to exceed $34,119 for the
2014-2015 fiscal year and accept a donation of $13,397 from friends of Berlin
VNA for training.
“The Nursing Department is requesting to change medical software companies from
McKesson to Brightree. McKesson is implementing several mandatory updates in
2014/2015 that will add a tremendous financial burden to our agency,” Berlin
Town Manager Denise McNair said in memo to council members.
“The homecare staff have struggled with this software for years, it is a
difficult system to learn. It is a system more for hospitals than homecare
nursing. With our current cost we are provided the basics and any extra options
are an extra charge,” she said.
the major changes is requiring every staff member including per diems to be on
laptops, a stipulation that comes with no exceptions. If maintained, the current
system and provider would require costs in the range of $97,642, according to
Linda Colella, Berlin VNA Administrator.