Using remote patient monitoring technology, the hospital has anticipated a record of zero readmissions on patients with liver failure band to decrease readmissions for liver failure patients by cutting them down by 50 per cent. Caregivers had always a long-time interest in the potentials for remote patient monitoring and later turned to telehealth technologies to address the mandate.
In a conversation with Richard Kalman the MD and assistant professor of medicine SKMC, he said that the problems encountered by the hospital administration included issues with all patients suffering from a severe chronic illness and needs to be addressed periodically as and when required. He is the head of the department of digestive disease and transplantation a division of herpetology at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia.
Despite the continuous cautioning to all patients for attending a follow-up appointment within two weeks of admission, the readmission rate is approx. 40 percent only. The institute uses remote patient monitoring technology provided by Vivify Health while other vendors of this technology are Biotronik, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare, LifeData, Medtronic, Philips Healthcare and Spacelabs Healthcare amongst the famous.
Telemedicine technology helps the liver team to easily locate small problems before they grow and develop as major issues that might require hospital admission in the future. The team constantly uses blood pressure pills, diuretics and medications for the regulation of high ammonia levels that can ultimately lead to hepatic encephalopathy. The remote patient monitoring technology not just have an impact on patients and readmissions, it also has an impact on value-based healthcare systems.
“The impact of this technology on value-based care will allow the hospital to gather more data about the patient’s sufferings and status thus allowing more efficient and timely attention and precaution to allow less frequent office visits and also betters the communication levels between the hospital faculty and the patients to help speed recovery and aid.”