Reducing hospital readmission rates is a major priority for U.S. healthcare organizations.

According to MedPage Today, one in seven Medicare patients can expect to be readmitted into a hospital within a month of having been released from surgery. In order to reduce readmission rates and improve surgical recovery, healthcare providers should concentrate on boosting communication efforts with recovering patients.

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Topics: Population Health, Prep and Recovery, mhealth, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

Thanks to cutting-edge breakthroughs in medical technology, Americans now live longer than ever before. In fact, recently the average American’s life expectancy increased to 78.8 years—a new record. However, as the nation’s overall life expectancy continues to rise, our elderly population is also steadily growing as well. As of 2014, there were over46.2 million people aged 65 or older in the U.S. By 2060, that number will jump to 98 million. Currently, people over the age of 65 make up 14.5 percent of the population, but by 2040, that percentage will grow to 21.7 percent. 

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Topics: Population Health, Mobile, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

This week, Ken Saitow, president and CEO of CareWire, was featured as a contributing writer for McKnight’s, a publication recognized as the pre-eminent magazine for long-term caregiving professionals.

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Topics: Mobile, mhealth, Patient Journey

As providers continue to evolve away from fee-for-service healthcare and towards a value-based care system that emphasizes results over volume, patient education is becoming more important than ever. Value-based healthcare’s focus on outcomes and, consequently, on what happens outside of the “four walls” of the healthcare organization, requires a renewed focus on patient education to help combat chronic illnesses, increase preventative care, reduce readmissions and lower expenses.

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Topics: Population Health, Text Messaging, Patient Journey

One size does not fit all...

Health care leaders across the country are focused on optimizing health system performance. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed a widely recognized framework for performance improvement, known as the Triple Aim. This framework posits that “new designs must be developed to simultaneously pursue three dimensions”: improving the patient experience (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. A key ingredient to achieving these goals is strong and consistent patient engagement.

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Topics: Population Health, Mobile, Patient Compliance, Text Messaging, Patient Journey