Deaconess Health RPM programs make its cost reduction for care by $7.4 million

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Deaconess Health RPM programs make its cost reduction for care by $7.4 million

The remote patient technology has also been very helpful in the drop of the health system with its 30-day readmission rate from 14% to 6%.

Deaconess Health System has been an early adopter of the RPM programs when it got introduced first. But the manual data extraction has left a significant impact on the program, which is quite difficult to quantify.

The Evansville, Indiana-based health system includes 11 hospitals with more than 900 beds and 96 locations. There are a large 538 providers for the multispecialty group that serves the patients in 26 rural counties in Southwestern Indiana, Western Kentucky, and Southwestern Illinois. From 2018 the legacy of the RPM program are ageing out.

Dr. Amnda Bohleber has reviewed this program. It was not the RPM itself, only where the failure took place. It was the way it got implemented and executed when it came to select the patients.

Their target was the patients with 20% of the higher risk of readmission. They are the ones who may not follow the plan of the car that the hospital had given them closely. They can make a quick shift to their old habits.

Also, they believed that if they can keep those patients on track, they can even make a real difference in keeping them healthy. At the same time, they can avoid readmission within 30 days. Accomplishing both of the monitoring can have a positive impact on the financial and on the health system.

Dr. Bohleber and the Flowers have shown their figures for leadership to the Deaconess. It has come to an agreement that the health system must give the RPM a good try. This decision got spurred through the fact that the readmission rates of the Deaconess at that time were constantly running in the upper 20s. It was unacceptable.

The previous system eliminated immediately as it lacked the integrated videos and the product’s advancement in features. Rather they decided to look into something new and feature-rich, which had been gaining more popularity in the interim.

The Deaconess team understood the population of the patient and how the RPF platform is working with COPD and CHF. The program expanded to include a committee of 11 pathways. Deaconess has launched the program with the RN and 50 kits for targeting the higher risk of readmission of the population. It has expanded the patient inclusion who frequently visit the emergency departments and the ACO population.

After launching the program, they have monitored 342 unique patients. Their readmission has dropped from 14% to 6%. The total cost also is under control as Deaconess has made $ 7.4 million of cost reduction in the total cost of care.


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