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Thinking About Home Care Fuel Reimbursement Reductions

One Home Care traveling clinician, visiting between 5 and 8 patients a day might travel 100 miles in one day.  At $0.55 per mile she or he will submit a reimbursement request for $55.00.

$0.55 per mile x 100 miles = $55.00

If, through an optimized routing tool, the home care agency were able to reduce that route by 10 miles, the savings would look like this:

$0.55 x 10 miles = $5.50 saved for one day. This equates to a 10% savings.

Applied over every workday for one year that savings becomes:

$5.50 x 240 days = $1,320 savings per clinician per year.

How many traveling clinicians are there at your home care company?

10 clinicians = $13,200 savings per year

25 clinicians = $33,000 savings per year

50 clinicians = $66,000 savings per year

100 clinicians = $132,000 savings per year

The savings add up. 

  • So, think about how many driving clinicians, aides, and other service providers you reimburse for fuel. 
  • Think about the projected increases for fuel costs in 2012.
  • Think about a software tool that not only lowers fuel costs but improves productivity.
  • And think about the fact that a truly optimized route can reduce mileage traveled by up to 30% – not just 10% as noted above.

Think about it.

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The Optimized Route Defined

When choosing an on-line driving route, from point A to Point B, a web map application returns turn-by-turn directions based on 1.) The application’s internal route engine and 2.) The application’s underlying map data.  Across the Internet you will find variations in driving directions from application to application. The variation comes in part from differences in the route engine logic and from differences in map data source details. 

Some routing engines haven’t been updated in a while.  These are complex programs that can be expensive to maintain.  As map data options become more detailed, routing engines may need to be updated to take advantage of the new attribution in the map data. Thus some web mapping services become better than others. 

About two years ago, Google Maps began placing my home address inaccurately.  I know they changed some of their map data sources, so that might have been the cause.  I checked and it’s back to the right location today. At any rate, the accuracy of map data and routing logic is not static – it changes. And for the record, no map engine is perfect.  The best are about 95% accurate, the worst – well, you might be late for your interview.

An optimized route is generated by a route service that takes into consideration variables in the underlying map data; variables that reflect reality. Examples of these variables include: road speeds, road classifications (major highway, back road), turn restrictions, as well as one-ways and two ways.  An optimized route will provide a route that minimizes the distance or minimizes the time required to complete the route.  Not all web mapping engines offer an optimized route based on map data variables.  Some simply compile routes from various map engines and offer the shortest route option.

A multi-stop optimized route provides an optimized route across multiple destinations or stops. Multi-stop route functionality is rare within on-line services.  Make sure to ask if the optimized route is multi-stop.  The big advantage of multi-stop routing is that it removes human decision making from the route creation process and provides the best route, across multiple stops based on computer logic applied to map data.

Future optimized routing capabilities will include real-time routing optimization that considers traffic, construction, and emergencies.

Ad Alert. SpatialTEQ’s http://healthcare.mapbusinessonline.com/ provides a truly optimized route with multi-stop functionality. The maps are visually compelling, accurate and based on the latest up-to-date map data releases. We’ve added the ability to manage route stop ordering based on your client priorities, and options that incorporate customer work flows.

Esri’s www.ArcGIS.com  on-line maps, the source for SpatialTEQ’s Map Business Online web-map, take advantage of the latest map data releases from the major map data providers.  Esri’s web-map engine is meticulously maintained to provide accurate routing logic and the best cartographic map representation possible: http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0112/make-maps-people-want-to-look-at.html

Mapping, routing, GIS, and GPS tools are what Esri and SpatialTEQ do – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Business Map Tools – Ending the Map Geek Tyranny

You know the type – the GIS genius; the Map Geek. A wizard at converting seemingly random and disparate data sets into beautiful, graphic, and informative geospatial visualizations of your boss’ business data.  The boss loves it and that map geek just sits there, lapping up the praise.  “Why can’t I do that?” you ask yourself, and resolve to spend the next three weekends learning about mash-ups, GIS file formats, and shapefiles.

But life intervenes and your significant other expects real assistance like vacuuming, deck building, or snow shoveling around the house and you arrive at work on Monday no closer to spinning business data into visual gold; more map weak than geek.

I’ve put up with these intimidating map geeks for over a decade.  I know the smug look on their faces as they pull up “a quick PowerPoint presentation” that nails it.  Damn it!  This map intimidation ends now.

Calm down.  SpatialTEQ has a solution – an affordable and easy-to-use solution. What you need is the web-based mapping tool – www.MapBusinessOnline.com.  Consider MapBusinessOnline if you want to:

  • Visualize or display your sales data against a map – symbols, colors, zip-codes – the works.
  • Display a variety of resources on a map – organizations, building addresses, and territories.
  • Color-code your data for visual clarity by state, city, county, or zip-code.
  • Classify your data visualization by value or quantity. Show counts by zip.
  • Conduct a radius or polygon search of an area to select data just within that area.
  • Determine who is the closest to a given target, customer, or resource.
  • Create a target marketing list by geography and export that data as a spreadsheet.
  • Create map visualizations for Power Point Presentations, documents, or just on-line sharing.
  • Route a vehicle from point A to point B.
  • Print maps or save maps to graphic file formats for sharing.

I’ve been selling mapping, GPS and GIS tools for over a decade now. I’m no better at building an advanced GIS than you are. But I’ve learned what the average, decent, and good intentioned business person is looking for in an on-line mapping tool.  MapBusinessOnline goes a long way towards providing those tools:

MapBusinessOnline provides an accurate and beautiful web-map. It’s sourced from SpatialTEQ’s business partner www.Esri.com, the Big Kahuna of advanced mapping and GIS. Esri builds their web-map using the best and most up-to-date map data available from sources like Nokia Navteq, TomTom, and LeadDog. 

MapBusinessOnline is designed for the mapping novice. All you need to know is how to click a button and find your Excel spreadsheet on your PC.  The product includes an intuitive tool bar and an FAQ/Help button.  And you can email support questions at any time.  Any question is OK to ask.

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