pMD, a provider of health care technology, has added automated hospital discharge alerts to its mobile and web apps that improve follow-up care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital.

The real-time alerts also allow physicians to increase their financial performance for scheduling timely follow-up appointments with patients.

pMD CEO Philippe d'Offay said: "The riskiest period of transition for patients is often directly after they are discharged from the hospital.

 "pMD's real-time alerts are designed to improve collaboration among the health care team after patients leave the hospital, and reduce costly readmissions by addressing their illnesses proactively. It's helping the patient and it's also helping the practice's bottom line."

pMD's mobile charge capture software enables doctors to record billing and lightweight clinical information into their phones at point of care. It sends an automated alert to the patient's care team immediately after a patient is discharged. The alert includes pertinent information about the patient, including a discharge summary, medication changes, care coordination notes, or other follow-up information.

David Doane, director of reimbursement at Dallas Nephrology Associates, spearheaded the implementation of pMD's discharge alerts among his team of over 75 physicians.

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Doane said: "A lot of patients get readmitted because they don't get the right follow up care.

"Doctors just don't have the tools to do it. It is our true belief that with pMD, we will see significant decreases in the overall expense to the system and will improve the quality of care to the patient."