Remote monitoring to cut readmissions by 75%

A pilot program at Central Indiana Beacon Community that focuses on remote video conferencing between nurses and discharged hospital patients cut readmissions by a dramatic 75 percent, according to Alan Snell (pictured), chief medical informatics officer at Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health and panel speaker at the upcoming FierceMobileHealthcare breakfast roundtable on Dec. 4 at the mHealth Summit. Seven St. Vincent's hospitals and seven partner hospitals participated in the program with 300 patients who were being discharged with diagnoses of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"We went after patients that were in capitated populations our self-insured, employed population for the hospital and their dependents so that we could establish baselines on their cost of care before and during the monitoring," he said. "We're finding some pretty dramatic drops in that cost of care."

For instance, a patient with 13 admissions for CHF last year cost St. Vincent's health plan $156,000, but with 11 months of monitoring, she had no admissions. --Read the full article and find out more by registering for the mHealth event