Hospitalizations account for nearly one-third of the total $2 trillion spent on health care in the United States. In the majority of cases, hospitalization is necessary and appropriate. However, a substantial fraction of all hospitalizations are patients returning to the hospital soon after their previous stay. These rehospitalizations are costly, potentially harmful, and often avoidable.
According to Medicare data, the United States has an 18 percent rate of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge and as many as 76 percent of these are preventable. It is estimated that as much as $25 billion and countless lives could be saved each year if these unnecessary readmissions were avoided. Sansio envisions “a world in which no person dies suddenly as a result of an acute, treatable medical event”.
Preventing these avoidable hospitalizations is a primary goal of home health care. A key prevention strategy for home health agencies is to employ predictive, intelligent, real time alerting for patients at high risk of hospitalization so they can proactively manage these patients.
Enter Sansio’s Hospitalization Risk Management tools, embedded in the HomeSolutions.NET EMR software.
These electronic tools enable homecare agencies to apply proven strategies to reduce avoidable hospitalizations such as patient/caregiver education, front loading visits with preventive interventions, medications management, telehealth, and fall reduction programs.
Several statistical views and dashboards accompany the HomeSolutions Hospitalization Risk Management functionality to identify a home health agency’s real-time Acute Care Hospitalization Rate, Monthly Hospitalization Rate, and Re-Hospitalization Rate.
From there, customers can drill down into the patient’s HomeSolutions EMR to audit the event and determine if anything could have been done to avoid it.
This is just one of the many features in the HomeSolutions.NET EMR software that can be a differentiator for home health agencies, and help realize the benefits of working in a paperless, electronic environment using real-time information.