Recently, a long-time customer came to us looking for an innovative, cost effective way to reduce readmissions. Like many organizations, they have processes in place to identify a small percentage of discharges that are at risk for readmission. They strongly believed, however, that there was an opportunity to further reduce readmissions but did not have the resources to reach everyone or the tools to risk stratify the population.Read More
The average consumer now owns about four devices that are internet enabled - all of which are capable of taking in and transmitting data to and from other sources. However, not all of these devices can "talk" to one another. Having smart devices that are capable of communicating with each other is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). We are on the cusp of a future where all of our smart devices work together to create a seamless ecosystem that transmits information to control various household items.Read More
Chronic ailments are a critical health issue in the United States - from diabetes to asthma, millions of Americans suffer from chronic conditions. While there is no cure for many of these diseases, proper and consistent treatment is the key to managing the symptoms allowing individuals to live long, productive lives. An engaged patient - one that knows what to do and when to do it - is the key ingredient to managing chronic conditions. Healthcare organizations need to make engaging and activating these patients a top priority. One communication channel that must be part of any chronic condition management strategy is text messaging. Here's a brief examination of the role texting can play in managing chronic ailments.Read More
Patient engagement and positive outcomes go hand-in-hand—it is hard to have one without the other.
When providers work to keep healthcare consumers engaged, the consumers respond in kind: they become actively involved in their respective treatments and do their best to adhere to prescribed treatment plans and stay informed. In fact, when healthcare consumers are fully active in the treatment process, hospitals end up saving time and resources.Read More