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MEDai Launches Patient-Specific Early Warning System for Hospitals
Date:4/3/2009

Saving Hospitals Money, Improving Care

Hospitals stand to benefit from Pinpoint Review, especially because CMS announced that as of October 1, 2008, it would no longer pay hospitals for treating at least eight conditions not present at admission. Known as "never events," these conditions include catheter- and vascular- associated urinary tract infections, decubitus ulcers and mediastinitis after coronary artery bypass graft.

Such infections and complications are costly to both hospitals and patients. For example, the average bill for Pennsylvania residents who contracted infections during their hospital stay was almost five-and-one-half times more than patients who failed to contract infections, according to a 2009 study from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

"The availability of Pinpoint Review complements the Department of Health and Human Services' program to fight the healthcare-associated infections that kill some 100,000 citizens annually and add $20 billion in healthcare costs," said James Lederer, M.D., Medical Director of clinical improvement at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health. "With Pinpoint Review MEDai is supporting hospitals and physicians committed to prioritizing and implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on averting and controlling infections."

Pinpoint Review is also aligned with federal initiatives such as the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, which champions partnerships between federal, local and state governments, promotion of best practices and patient education on how to prevent infections.

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