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Hospital Bedside Technology Solution Results in 74 Percent Reduction in Heart Failure Readmission Rate
Date:6/22/2009

Study Demonstrates Impact of Patient Engagement on Quality & Service Outcomes

BETHESDA, Md., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A significant study was released today demonstrating the efficacy of Interactive Patient Care technology on improving outcomes in heart failure care.

GetWellNetwork, the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care solutions, released a White Paper reporting significant improvements in heart failure readmission rates, average length of stay and patient satisfaction, achieved by leveraging the company's bedside technology to more fully engage patients in their care.

One year following the implementation of GetWellNetwork's Heart Failure Interactive Care Plan, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (SVBGH) reported a 74 percent reduction in heart failure readmission rates 30 days post-discharge (2007 vs. 2008).

Other noteworthy outcomes include:

  • A 13 percent reduction in heart failure average patient length of stay
  • An overall readmission rate of only 5 percent for heart failure patients, compared to the national average of nearly 21 percent
  • A 43 percent improvement in patient satisfaction with the quality of their education regarding their illness

These outcomes also result in significant cost savings. When applying the national average hospital cost/day for heart failure patients (Source: Agency for Health Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project [AHRQ HCUPnet], 2006) to these changes in performance, results are projected at an annual cost savings of $831,000 due to the reduction in length of stay alone.

"The GetWellNetwork Team, from their senior leadership to onsite staff, collaborated with the SVBGH Cardiac Team to quickly begin development and formalizing of a cohesive plan to improve outcomes," said Audrey Douglas-Cooke, dir
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