Ringful Health Provides Technology for CMS Innovation Grant Awarded to CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

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Ringful Health provides technology, strategy, and implementation support for a new $1.6MM CMS grant to CHRISTUS St Michael's Health System, which is expected to generated $3.5MM in healthcare cost savings over three years in the hospital.

Today, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the CHRISTUS St Michael's Health System has been awarded $1,600,000 for an Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program. Ringful Health provided the technology strategy and grant development support for this application.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System and its project partners were selected for the grant to implement the Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program (INTM) in Texarkana, TX, according to Mike Finley, M.D., Chief Regional Medicare Officer for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System.

“The INTM Program will help generate a potential savings of $3.5 million to CMS over the next three years by training nurses to recognize early warning signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) and sepsis among Medicare beneficiaries in nursing home facilities and patients in hospitals, who are vulnerable for certain preventable conditions,” said Finley. “We expect to experience reduced hospitalizations and readmissions due to CHF and sepsis, which simultaneously benefits patients and decreases costs. The INTM training, in combination with computerized clinical decision support systems loaded on mobile device tablets, is anticipated to result in a 20% reduction in readmissions from nursing home facilities for CHF and sepsis and fewer failure-to-rescue situations for those patients who are admitted to the hospital. The mobile devices, loaded with evidence-based protocols, will guide nurses through further patient assessment and actions once symptoms are detected. Ringful Health is a key partner in this effort helping support nurses with effective technology that enhances care.”

Kim Johnson, Ringful Health’s Chief Operating Officer stated: “We are pleased to be the technology partner on this project. We believe that we are entering a new era where technology can provide enhanced support to nurses who are on the front lines of providing quality health care and proud to work with an innovative organization such as CHRISTUS St. Michael to make this a reality.”

Dr. Finley continued, "We are excited to receive the opportunity to enhance training and care in the Texarkana area for patients who are among our most vulnerable population. Being selected for a health innovation grant speaks volumes about CHRISTUS St. Michael’s dedication to advanced health care for the citizens of the Texarkana region, a tradition that reaches back to 1916, when the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were invited to Texarkana to open Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital. Moreover, we are honored to be selected as an innovator in the delivery of health care with our efforts to strengthen disease management while reducing costs.”    

"Through innovations in care delivery, CHRISTUS St. Michael is working proactively to reduce health care costs while improving quality and increasing efficiency," CEO Chris Karam emphasized. "Today's announcement by the CMS Innovation Center will advance our ongoing efforts to build effective public-private partnerships, strengthen the nation's health care system, and put care within reach for all Americans."

About Ringful Health :

Ringful Health is the leader in providing patient-centered and evidence-based teamwork solutions to help hospitals and communities improve healthcare outcome, patient safety, and reduce cost through mobile and decision support technologies. Ringful Health is an early stage health technology company based in Austin, Texas.

Background of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System:

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as the Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital, today serves residents of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. With a mission of “Extending the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ,” CHRISTUS St. Michael provides patient-centered quality care through the Center for Joint Replacement, our designated Primary Stroke Center, a Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), a Level III Trauma Center, as well as day surgery, open heart surgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic radiology, therapeutic and wellness programs. CHRISTUS St. Michael is a recognized regional leader for surgery, heart care, heart surgery, and cancer care. The St. Michael Emergency Department treated over 70,000 patients in FY2011, more than any area ED, with care and compassion. CHRISTUS St. Michael is nationally recognized as a “100 Top Hospital” in 2011 and again in 2012 by Thomson Reuters, honored with a Women’s Choice Award as a trusted referral source among women in 2011 and 2012, named the #1 “Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work,” for large organizations in 2011, and most recently received “Magnet Recognition” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an achievement realized by only 7% of U.S. hospitals.

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