Mobile access to the full patient chart truly actuates the concept of virtual medicine.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 02, 2015
Newly-formed healthcare company Connected for Care will publicly introduce its CARE Telemedicine solution today at the LeadingAge annual meeting in Boston, MA. Together with strategic software partner HealthMEDX®, Connected for Care will demonstrate the benefits of pairing telemedicine tools with a comprehensive EMR platform in non-acute care settings.
Connected for Care’s debut follows a 10-month pilot with Lexington Health Network, a leading post-acute provider in the Chicagoland area. During the project, Lexington’s care providers utilized a prototype CARE Telemedicine solution to remotely evaluate sudden acute changes in condition for more than 250 seniors in Lexington’s LTPAC facilities. Of that group, three out of four patients were able to be treated in place and thus avoided a return hospital visit, saving the Health System an estimated $2.5 million in transfer and direct care costs. Even beyond monetary savings, the readmission measure is a key quality metric and business differentiator in Lexington’s market, where providers have been penalized for avoidable hospital readmissions at 20 percent higher frequency than the national average.
Driven by the Readmission Reductions Program and IMPACT Act, the Connected for Care founders sought a way to extend the clinical quality improvements achieved by Lexington through enterprise EMR implementation and usage. The resulting solution is a custom telemedicine cart, complete with secure HD video, a digital stethoscope, touchscreen control center and full chart access via the HealthMEDX® iCare mobile app. The leased units allows bedside nursing staff at long-term and post-acute care organizations to facilitate direct physician-patient assessments, while concurrently reducing provider travel, encouraging remote rounding and elevating collaborative care.
“We are excited by the potential for quality care improvements,” said Paul Knight, who co-founded Connected for Care with fellow Lexington executive Jason Samatas. “As operators ourselves, we designed our suite of products to help practitioners and their partners offer more high-quality transparent care delivery options for patients. Partnering with HealthMEDX to provide mobile access to the full patient chart truly actuates the concept of virtual medicine.”
“This technology is poised to make a major impact on readmission avoidance efforts in our industry,” said HealthMEDX CEO Pam Pure, a long-time proponent of telemedicine’s potential to improve care across non-acute settings. “It has far-reaching implications for organizations seeking to better manage patient events, condition changes and care transitions. Telemedicine is becoming a powerful tool for connecting physicians and patients in a way that improves their quality of care, and ultimately their quality of life.”
Further details of the partnership will be announced at LeadingAge Boston during a 2 p.m. event on Tuesday, November 3 at HealthMEDX booth #1631. Connected for Care representatives will also be present in the HealthMEDX space over the course of the four-day event.
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Connected For Care
The company was founded to elevate long-term care quality while enhancing the connections between LTPAC facility operators, their patients and care partners. 2012’s Readmission Reduction Program and the IMPACT Act in 2014 spurred lasting changes in the non-acute care landscape, shifting focus to detailed reporting of standardized patient assessment data. We are committed to designing a comprehensive telemedicine platform that helps LTPAC organizations adapt to population, regulatory and market changes, while increasing the capabilities of remote providers to deliver high-quality care.For more go to http://www.connectedforcare.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 844.873.8246.
HealthMEDX is the leading developer of EMR solutions for providers in the long-term, post-acute, home care and hospice settings. Our integrated HealthMEDX Vision® platform streamlines clinical, financial and reporting for organizations of any size, while innovative mobile and analytics functionality delivers operational value for end users, executives, and physicians. For more information, go to http://www.healthmedx.com or follow HealthMEDX on social media sites LinkedIn,Twitter, and Facebook.