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Hospice Dedicated Software

Hospice Dedicated Software

If you’ve been looking for software for your hospice, you’ve probably been a little frustrated.
What I hear from shoppers is that most applications are too home health-y for hospice use.
My own experience implementing software applications in hospice supports that observation.
However, there are a few applications out there (not many) that are dedicated to hospice only and I want to share some observations about one in particular today.

Consolo (www.consoloservices.com) is the original web-based hospice practice management application on the market.
Even though it is completely web-based, there is an off-line access to the application (meaning you can document in the application when you don’t have access to the internet).
You can use just about any hardware you want (even the i-pad!) including those $175 net books on the market now.
For your aides, you can capture their documentation with a plain old GPS-equipped cell phone.
In addition to the standard functions of clinical software (including IDG documentation, uploadable documents, scheduling, etc) they have a built in fax server. Remember when we were trying to figure out how to get our charting on the nursing home chart in a timely way? Remember carrying those little printers? With Consolo you can fax right from the application to the nursing home fax machine (once you determine that it is HIPAA compliant). Why didn’t I think of that?
The IDG document pulls from the clinical documentation from each discipline and then allows for entry of discussion and changes that result from the IDG meeting. Alot of agencies as well as software solutions use the IDG for care-reviewing, and not care-planning. This solution allows you to capture both the review and the plan going forward.
Surprisingly, Consolo is on the lower end of the pricing range. ZERO entry costs. (That’s ZERO dollars entry cost!) It runs about $500/month for up to around 20 patients and increases from there in small increments based on volume (not users).
Hospice agencies can also use the software for free until they are Medicare certified!
Training for the application is included in the price! (Note to other software vendors: DO NOT charge people to learn how to use your application!!!!) All training materials are included in the application and can be accessed at any time.

If you want to see a demo and discuss the finer elements of the application you’ll have to reach David Nicola at david@consoloservices.com

If you are a consolo user and have additional feedback about the application, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from people who switched from one software app to another and what that experience was like.



  1. Our semi-rural, home based Hospice has been using Consolo since August of 2008. Even with the learning curve allowance, WE LOVE IT.

    Consolo keeps us totally up to date on CoPs, they are responsive to our questions and requests for information and the biggest point for us was their billing and payroll service.

    After much research, it is the most cost effective application we found available. We all work smarter now.

    If we could get everyone who we work with, to “think” the Consolo way we would be very happy.

  2. As a hospice QA nurse, consolo software produces a vast number of elements for required reports. This is great whether your agency is Medicare, CHAPS or Joint Commission Accredited.

    The agency hired several new team members and are amazed at how much Consolo does. When using Consolo software there is a learning curve, but once the system is utilized and the staff master the finer points of Consolo software they love it.

  3. Julie Sanderbeck says:

    Our hospice agency has been using Consolo for three years and continue to be very satisfied with the program. We find the computer system to be very “user friendly”, especially for nurses that are sometimes resistive to change from paper (I was one of those).

    Consolo has scheduled releases that keep the system up-to-date on requests of consumers. Consolo staff is very attentive to their consumer needs and their educator, Lisa Nicola, is wonderful!

  4. Pam Chandler BSRN,DCS says:

    Our organization has been using Consolo since we opened in 2007. We are very satisfied with the company. Being a rual hospice, we could not run our program without the ability to web chart. We are in two states and 5 counties with one main office.
    Our charting time and costs have gone down by 50%.
    The QAPI reports are a needed in order to be compliant with NHPCO

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