Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Philips introduced their latest telehealth software at the annual meeting of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice held in Las Vegas October 1-5, 2011. The new telehealth clinical application includes features enabling customers to more efficiently care for chronically ill patients.

The software to be broadly available in December will help to improve workflow by building on intervention management capabilities to provide for closer collaboration among care team members. The system will also help to keep patients under closer watch by multiple clinicians until the patient is stable.

Specifically, the software expands disease management capabilities to include diabetes, hypertension, and co-morbidities, enhances higher levels of patient workflow tracking and analysis, improves clinical data collection, and provides clinical outcome and patient population reports.

Philips in trying to help leading providers find ways to reduce hospital readmissions and healthcare costs has just signed new remote patient monitoring contracts with eight large healthcare providers. These health organizations include Advanced Home Care, Atrius Health, Catholic Healthcare West, HealthPartners, Henry Ford Home Healthcare, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare (VNA Nazareth Home Care), South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, and THA Group.

The health organizations agree that telemonitoring can reduce hospital readmissions. According to Gerrie Leppert, President/CEO of VNA Nazareth Home Care, “Telemonitoring is a key component for our success. Philips technology delivers patient education and monitoring devices like ECG and the steady scale. Results to date show a dramatic reduction in re-hospitalization rates.”

To contact Philips Healthcare in Andover MA, call 1-800-934-7372 or go online at