Do You Know When Your Patient Gets Admitted?

Why you need notifications

Providers are still often in the dark when patients get admitted or discharged. MU Stage 3 proposes requiring providers receive alerts upon significant care events. But it’s not happening in any meaningful way.

The fact is – it needs to. In the age of data overload, more data is not a priority in and of itself. Rather, targeted data, actionable data is what your staff want. Notifications upon care events are the type of data that should flow for effective change to be made.

The stats show a continued need for timelier follow-up post-discharge. According to a 2013 study by the American Hospital Association, patients lacking follow-up from their primary care physician are 10 times more likely to be readmitted.

Other post-hospital-transition statistics:

  • 49% – The rate of timely primary care physician follow-up.
  • 12% – The 30-day readmission rate of patients for the same medical condition
  • 10 times – Patients who have no follow-up from their PCP are 10 times more likely to be readmitted

Meanwhile, the current state of using notifications to keep providers aware of discharges and admissions is not desirable.

In 2013, less than half of hospitals routinely alerted a patient’s PCP inside their system when they presented to the ED and about one-quarter notified PCPs outside their system.1

While our regulatory framework clearly establishes transitions as priority in improving health care, it is still an area that needs much work. Are providers in your system assisted with notifications when patients are admitted or discharged? They should be.

 

1. Health Data Management. HIE Among Hospitals Grows, Still Needs Improvement. May 6, 2014. http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/HIE-Among-Hospitals-Needs-Improvement-47997-1.html

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