JACKSON, Miss., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American HealthTech, the ultimate connectivity partner in skilled nursing care, announces a strategic partnership with COMS Interactive, LLC, the leading provider of disease care management solutions in the post-acute market. American HealthTech will integrate the COMS Daylight IQ™ product suite into AHT workflows, allowing mutual customers to stabilize high-acuity patients, boost clinical outcomes, and gain efficiencies.
A major emphasis of healthcare reform involves transitioning patients to the lowest-cost care settings as quickly as possible. As a result, more critically ill patients are being admitted to skilled nursing facilities in increasing numbers, challenging clinical staffs to handle unprecedented levels of acuity, while preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
According to Edward J. Tromczynski, Chief Executive Officer, COMS Interactive, "On average, today's skilled nursing patient has one primary and up to 8 secondary diseases, creating an incredibly complex care environment."
The Daylight IQ™ disease management functionality will be integrated into American HealthTech workflows. Developed by physicians and nurses, Daylight IQ™ detects changes in condition, and guides clinical teams with proactive interventions to stabilize patients.
"The integration helps us understand what's going on in our facility at a glance in AHT, our master health record," explains Cheryl Jenkins, ADON, Traditions Management's Carrington Place at Botetourt. "We're working more effectively and cross-functionally as a team because staff without access to COMS assessments, like our dietitian, can view them in AHT. We're keeping closer tabs on residents."
Likewise, Eli Quinones, CEO, Alliance Nursing Centers, adds, "The Daylight IQ™ Automated Disease Care Guide Library, Dynamic Nursing Assessment and Clinical Rules Engine, combined with AHT's Outcomes Reporting, outstanding bedside care and advanced training, have contributed to two months of single-digit readmissions to the hospital. We are pleased with these outcomes and look forward to the combined AHT/COMS offering to facilitate our staff working even more effectively and efficiently."
As healthcare reform moves forward, providers who can create measurably better clinical outcomes, including reduced readmissions, will be on the forefront to market their success, justify census and stabilize residents in the facility.
Teresa Chase, President, American HealthTech, concludes, "AHT's integration of Daylight IQ™ combines smart workflows with smart decision making right in AHT, leading to superior care and outcomes for residents. Then with Outcomes Reporting in AHT, providers can easily create a data-driven success story, allowing them to be in a position of strength with referral sources."
About Healthland and American HealthTech
Healthland is America's largest provider of integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals. Software and services from Healthland, including electronic health records (EHRs), help customers share patient information across care settings to coordinate treatment, improve outcomes, and drive patient satisfaction. American HealthTech is among the nation's largest providers of financial and clinical solutions in post-acute care, connecting skilled providers to the healthcare continuum. With Healthland's acquisition of American HealthTech, the two organizations are aligning to offer solutions across communities of acute and post-acute care settings. Combined, Healthland – headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in its founding location of rural Glenwood, Minn. -- and American HealthTech – headquartered in Jackson Miss. with offices in Denver -- employ 450 and serve more than 3,500 clients. More information is available at www.healthtech.net.
About COMS Interactive, LLC
COMS Interactive, LLC partners with thirteen state health care associations in deploying processes and systems that stabilize and improve resident health while improving financial outcomes for skilled nursing facilities. The Daylight IQ™ Software as a Service (SaaS) product combines business administration, disease management and long-term healthcare knowledge to empower the nursing team, reduce medical errors, more efficiently address resident healthcare needs and increase facility revenues. This combination of clinical and technical processes can save millions of dollars a year in preventable hospital re-admissions. Additional information regarding COMS Interactive and Daylight IQ™ is available at www.comsllc.com or by contacting a COMS representative at 330.650.9900.
SOURCE American HealthTech