Case Study

mhealth App For Coordinated Care Reduces Preventable Readmissions

May 5, 2014 | Adam Turinas

Lowering preventable readmissions is a universally high priority issue for US healthcare systems.

This issue is part of a goal to improve outcomes and reduce cost by enabling providers, clinicians, care coordinators, nurses, home health workers and patients to work together more effectively to keep patients healthy. Inefficient communications is seen as a critical obstacle to achieving this goal. Healthcare systems are experimenting with multiple ways to improve communications workflow, often including the use of secure mobile technology.

Barriers to adopting mobile health solutions

Barriers to adopting mobile solutions to prevent readmission include a lack of broadly recognized research to measure outcomes, and uncertainty about how to pay for and encourage the use of cost-effective technology. As research and pilot programs become more widespread, secure mobile communications technology may play a key role in reducing preventable readmissions by helping to deliver real-time clinical data into the hands of providers, and by facilitating consultation throughout the healthcare continuum.

This paper proposes a model based on the four pillars of simplicity, security, structured workflows and strong support as an effective approach to developing mobile solutions that help reduce hospital readmissions.

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