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CareAnyware and Cornell University Partner to Help Reduce Rehospitalizations by 39% in Clinically Depressed Home Health Patients
Date:5/23/2013

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

CareAnyware, a Brightree company and leading provider of home health and hospice software solutions, and Cornell University announced today results of a recent study that showed significant reductions in rehospitalization rates for clinically depressed home health patients treated with Cornell’s Depression Carepath protocol incorporated into CareAnyware’s EMR system. Based on the successful clinical results of the study, which included a 39% reduction in rehospitalization rates among this group, CareAnyware and Cornell are now entering a second phase of the study with expanded protocols and scope.

“This study demonstrates how modern technology and training can make a real difference in clinical outcomes and quality of care,” said Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D., M.P.H, professor of sociology in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. “The Depression Carepath improved the quality of patient care, reduced patient depressive symptoms, and lowered rehospitalization rates.”

Clinical depression occurs in approximately 25% of home health patients. This study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), took place over a period of several months across multiple home health agencies using the CareAnyware EMR system. By following the Depression Carepath provided in the software, clinicians were presented with proper clinical content that allowed them to proactively identify depression symptoms in patients before conditions worsened. These symptoms typically would have resulted in a hospital readmission.

According to Dave Cormack, president and CEO of Brightree, “As more acute care providers recognize the critical role home health agencies and hospice organizations play in the continuum of care, many agencies are turning to modern techn
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