CareConnection's SMART*Reports and deliver the technology, information and tools clinicians need to prompt early intervention and prevent the cascading effect of a minor health crisis that can rapidly escalate into hospital readmission status.
The average readmission results in revenue loss of nearly $5,000 bottom line dollars, impacts the provider's ability to recoup their 2% withhold, and negatively affects those all important hospital referral relationships. In this new world of payment initiatives, penalties and accelerated narrowing of the provider networks, skilled nursing providers must become "best in class" performers by reducing unnecessary readmissions--and utilizing every tool available to improve the early diagnosis and intervention that prevents readmissions. Medline's CareConnection Vitals Integration solution gives your team the tools they need to achieve these goals and to AVOID DEFICIENCIES in the 30 day QA reviews by providing SMART*Reports that identify the opportunity for improvement.
Alerting Safety Net: Entrusting vitals capture to our caregivers requires a leap of faith as well as considerable training and supervision to ensure out of threshold measurements are recognized and acted upon. CareConnection's Alerting Safety Net takes the guesswork out of threshold breaches and puts care plan intervention triggers into the hands of the team on the floor.
- Bedside Alerts: The caregiver is notified of an out of range condition BEFORE being allowed to save the measurements to the EMR. High visibility screen warnings suggest that the caregiver take alternative action (e.g., call a nurse, retake the vitals)
- Pop Up Alerts: Should the caregiver choose to save an out of range measurement, CareConnection sends an immediate notification to the MedCart Laptop and/or Nursing Desktop indicating that a breached condition has occurred and has been documented to the EMR. The nursing staff on the floor now has an immediate opportunity to intervene and redirect the care of a resident in crisis
- eMail Alerts: The DON, NPs and Physicians can opt to receive email alerting of out of range vitals for individual residents, groups or the entire census. These HIPAA secure email alerts can be picked up on cell phones when the decision makers are off campus, allowing them to direct intervention remotely.
SMART*Reports: Vitals captured through CareConnection (for auto-transmission to the EMR) are subjected to the predictive analytics of CareConnection's SMART*Technology which scrubs the daily measurements to analyze those combinations of subtle changes in condition that are indicative of potential sepsis, pneumonia, infection, dehydration and other conditions.
The DON and/or NP receives a daily email identifying those markers and their potential to escalate. Inter vention is triggered almost before the resident even knows they are ill--certainly before any health deterioration occurs which might require re-hospitalization. SMART*Reports clearly defines the potential diagnostic concerns which are revealed by the trended presence of these combinations of changes in condition. SMART*Reports also serve as a QA "improvement opportunity" tool that can help your team avoid survey deficiencies!
Here's how Medline's CareConnection Customers have prevented readmissions through early diagnostic interventions:
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