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October 17, 2012

US healthcare system installs new technology to reduce preventable readmissions

UMass Memorial Healthcare (UMMHC), a healthcare system in the US, is installing a data integration technology to reduce preventable readmissions under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Readmissions Reduction Program.

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UMass Memorial Healthcare (UMMHC), a healthcare system in the US, is installing a data integration technology to reduce preventable readmissions under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Readmissions Reduction Program.

UMass Memorial has joined forces with Informatica and MedCPU to develop a complete Readmissions Reduction Initiative, which covers the inpatient and ambulatory environments of UMMHC, along with its affiliated physicians, their outpatient offices and their patients.

"With the Readmissions Reduction legislation recently coming into effect, it is imperative that UMass Memorial Healthcare have access to the most accurate and trustworthy data to ensure the best patient care possible."

Commenting on the project, UMass Memorial Healthcare senior vice president and chief information officer George Brenckle stressed the importance of being able to monitor patients’ clinical status and identify any administrative or clinical deficiencies in patient care that might increase the risk of avoidable readmission.

"There’s so much information about the patient, spread over multiple systems and multiple formats, that only with advanced technology that can consolidate it all into an accurate discrete snapshot of the patient’s clinical picture, we can provide significant assistance to our clinicians and case managers in maximising our efforts for better patient care," Brenckle added.

The technology, which collects all administrative, discharge, admission and scheduling information, is designed to provide administrative and clinical support to providers, care managers and patients in managing avoidable readmissions.

The platform captures the clinical information that enters into UMMHC’s inpatient and outpatient EMRs in addition to the data flowing from any other ancillary sources of clinical information at the organisation.

Captured information is analysed to ascertain whether any clinical or administrative deficiencies have arisen that might lead to an avoidable readmission.

Messages and prompts are sent through email/SMS text messages, alert manager and an advisor button to alert providers, patients and care mangers.

Informatica chief healthcare strategist Richard Cramer said, "With the Readmissions Reduction legislation recently coming into effect, it is imperative that UMass Memorial Healthcare have access to the most accurate and trustworthy data to ensure the best patient care possible."

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