Cardinal Health subsidiary naviHealth has acquired healthcare technology firm RightCare Solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

RightCare Solutions is specialised in providing hospital discharge planning software and readmissions management. Its discharge decision support system (D2S2) technology was developed in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The firm’s evidence-based technology is used by nurses, discharge planners and case managers to enhance the discharge planning process.

The company provides its proprietary software to hospitals and health systems to evaluate patients for post-acute care needs, determine risk of readmission, and coordinate patient discharges to high-quality post-acute care providers.

"The newly proposed CMS conditions of participation … makes the acquisition of RightCare very strategic at this point in time."

RightCare also offers its software to post-acute care providers, allowing them to manage referrals from nearby hospitals.

Navihealth CEO Clay Richards said: "As the evolution toward value-based care and new payment models continues to gain momentum, health systems are increasingly recognising the need to embrace new technologies that can help achieve lower costs and improved patient outcomes.

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"Moreover, the newly proposed CMS conditions of participation focused on quality and timeliness of discharge planning makes the acquisition of RightCare very strategic at this point in time."

Established in 2012, RightCare currently offers its post-acute management solutions in 28 US states.

Based in Philadelphia, the company serves around two million health plan members and more than 75 hospitals and physician groups.

RightCare Solutions co-founder and CEO Eric Heil said: "naviHealth is a leader in value-based care and is highly regarded within the post-acute care management space as a first-mover and a pioneer in combining leading technology with top clinicians."

NaviHealth collaborates with health plans, health systems, physicians and post-acute providers to manage their post-acute care operations.