I just finished reading an article from Managed Healthcare Executive about "20 Ways to Reduce Readmissions". While I'm not sure they actually mentioned 20 ways, the article nonetheless had merit in that many of the issues they mentioned could be resolved by improving access to patient data (because it lives in various disparate systems) and collecting good quality data at the point of care.. It mentioned that Medicare patients alone costs $26 billion annually, with $17 billion paying for trips that could be prevented upon patients receiving the right care.
My thoughts went directly to the space that Afoundria focuses in - post-acute care (PAC) - and how a majority of those readmissions are coming directly out of these facilities and back into the hospital. Some of this is due to the lack of information that the clinician in the PAC setting is able to get his/her hands on! You also need to recognize that a large majority of clinicians in the PAC setting still rely on paper charting! This is surprising to most - but definitely a reality of how far behind in technology this care setting is today.
Think of some of the challenges that these clinicians face every day:
They see patients across multiple facilities - each facility having their own set of systems and processes for the clinician to follow.
If there is an EHR or some form of technology available to capture patient encounters at the facility, you can bet that it is different from one to the next.
An exorbitant amount of time is spent by the clinician at their first patient visit to simply locate the patient chart, understand their current condition, and then chart their first note after the visit.
These are just a few of the challenges the PAC clinicians deal with on a daily basis!
We hope to make a change in this area and help these PAC clinicians by connecting them with the data they need to provide the best patient care and allowing them access to this information from any facility that they have patients. We want our charting tool, ChartPath, to allow them to spend more quality time with their patients so that they can provide them with the best care possible - therefore, REDUCING READMISSIONS.