PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following its launch with Penn Medicine’s Penn Care at Home, Health Recovery Solutions is proud to announce that the software program has helped to reduce the 30 day readmission rate for 130 congestive heart failure patients by 53%, from 8.0% to 3.8%, over a period from July 2014 to February 2015.
The 3.8% readmission rate is dramatically lower than the national average of 19.5% for congestive heart failure patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged.
“Since launching with HRS, we’ve had our best CHF readmission performance to date,” says Anne Norris, MD, and CMO of Penn Care at Home. “In 6 of the last 12 months we have had zero thirty day readmissions, and our overall rate stands at 3.8%. There’s a secret sauce here, using this tool to engage patients in their own self-care.”
In the program, patients are provided a 4G tablet preloaded with comprehensive guidance on a maintaining a healthy lifestyle and personalized instructions for taking medication. The software also includes instructional videos and individualized care plans to assist patients in avoiding readmission during the critical 30-day post-discharge period. Patients use the tablet to record and transmit their progress to their care teams; data on vital signs, symptoms, and medication-related side effects are recorded and shared with a telehealth nurse who, in turn, collaborates with patients and providers to identify self-care goals and strategies.
On average, patients are enrolled in the program for 85 days, allowing them to receive quality care in the comfort of their own homes. The interactive tablet addresses multiple common causes of readmissions (which cost CMS $25 billion annually) and aims to increase, not only quality of care, but overall patient satisfaction with the post discharge experience.
The Penn Care at Home nurses are working with HRS to extend this platform to patients dealing with COPD, dementia, and cirrhosis.
About Health Recovery Solutions:
Health Recovery Solutions, a New York City based telehealth provider, supplies the nation’s leading medical centers and home health agencies with disease-specific platforms for advanced, real-time patient monitoring and communication. For more information visit www.healthrecoverysolutions.com