Aunt Bertha Makes Connecting Patients and Members to Social Programs Easier with Epic

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Austin, TX, November 08, 2017 — In an effort to connect patients in need to social service programs, today Aunt Bertha announced it has launched an application in the Epic App Orchard. Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people facing social needs – and those who help others – to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more. In addition, the platform serves those working in healthcare, education, government, child welfare and more.

Leveraging Aunt Bertha, users can gain instant access to comprehensive, localized listings with hundreds of programs in every zip code in the United States and close the loop on referrals that are made. Epic community members can leverage Aunt Bertha content to deepen their understanding of the needs faced by the communities they serve.

“We’re living in a fascinating time in the healthcare sector. More and more health systems have reached out to us over the past couple years to better understand what they can do to help address non-medical needs,” said Erine Gray, Aunt Bertha’s Founder and CEO. “When Epic announced their App Orchard was open for applicants, we jumped at the chance because of their reach. We’ve also enjoyed getting to know the team and are excited by their focus on addressing these important issues.”

Judy Faulkner, CEO of Epic recently proposed replacing the industry term “Electronic Health Record” (EHR) with “Comprehensive Health Record” (CHR). “Because healthcare is now focusing on keeping people well rather than reacting to illness, we are focusing on factors outside the traditional walls,” Faulkner told Healthcare IT News.
“Whether it’s access to food, transportation, financial services or education, addressing social determinants is a critical component of both quality of care and quality of life. Aunt Bertha is deploying this comprehensive approach, powered by technology, to help lead the way for patients in need and the people who serve them,” said Alan Hutchison, Epic Vice President of Population Health.

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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