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Posted by fivebyfive on July 01, 2012

Readmissions News

Q. If you had to pick the top two factors affecting an unplanned hospital readmission, what would they be?

“I believe there is one primary factor, not two: home care providers must be able to identify which patient populations are at highest risk of readmission — if they can’t identify who’s in danger, they can’t prevent readmissions. NAHC data shows that reducing readmission rates by just two percent among home care patients would help 928,000 people avoid re- hospitalization and save upwards of $500 million in costs. Not to mention ease plenty of heartache for patients and their families. When I owned and operated a home health care agency, keeping patients, especially older patients, out of the hospital was a key challenge that we faced on a daily basis. So we started Medalogix in 2009, which uses predictive modeling to analyze a home health care agency’s own clinical data, isolating and flagging known medication risks that account for up to a third of all geriatric patient re-hospitalizations. In its first real-world application Medalogix was able to identify, with 90 percent accuracy, those most at risk patients. With this understanding, care providers are able to focus their attentions and help avoid rehospitalization.”

Dan Hogan

President and CEO Medalogix Nashville, TN

   

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