Sathish John, a senior software engineer for a healthcare company in Wisconsin, decided to start his own enterprise. It was 2005.
He moved to Atlanta with his wife and their two young children. And he arrived with a vision: Create new tools to help the budding industry of home health care agencies manage their businesses better.
Drawing on his previous 12 years in healthcare software design, Sathish spent six months developing the first platform. He named it Alora, a word meaning “better than best.”
In January 2006, the owner of a home health agency in Florida came calling. He’d learned what Sathish was developing and offered to purchase the first license. Sathish declined – he felt Alora wasn’t ready. “I had it in my mind that it needed to be more complete,” he recalls. “It didn’t have the full scope of features to benefit agencies.” The agency owner said he’d buy another solution elsewhere if he wouldn’t let him use it.
“I said, ‘Give me two weeks.’”
Sathish worked non-stop to enhance the platform – and the Florida agency remains an Alora customer today. By the end of that first year, Alora had six clients. Two years later, it had 50 agencies of all sizes.
In those early days, Alora shipped CDs to its agencies. By 2010, the platform was web-based and it was stored in the cloud.
In 2013, Alora was tablet-ready.
Alora became the very first homecare, hospice and home health software platform to be 100% mobile-ready – meaning its entire interface was auto-optimized for all kinds of devices, including smartphones.
Sathish John continues to serve as Alora’s President and CEO. But today, he has a lot more help from people who have worked in home health care agencies — as well as experienced software engineers who constantly evolve the Alora platform to meet new regulations and to make work life easier for you and your staff.