ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Department of Health announced that a $4.5M grant was awarded to TeliStat™ for its innovative Restorative Care Unit Program. This revolutionary program, which integrates groundbreaking proprietary technology with multidisciplinary physicians and highly trained nurses, resulted in a profound reduction of 30-day hospital readmission rates to 5% or less, while serving more than 1,000 patients over the course of 18 months.
More than 20% of Medicare patients who are discharged from a hospital to a nursing home return within 30 days. The federal government estimates the cost of 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients alone at $26 billion annually, with more than $17 million of the costs being attributed to return trips that may not have been necessary with proper care.
The grant funding was included in the 2016-17 NY state budget as a way to evaluate the program over a 3 year period to analyze its effectiveness and make recommendations to implement restorative care programs statewide.
"Our driving mission is to develop innovative technology and concepts which are transformative in the delivery of health care services to our senior population," said Dr. Anthony J. Bacchi, MD, who developed the groundbreaking demonstration project.
"Dr. Bacchi's innovative concept has transformed the quality of care being delivered, and I am happy to help them secure this funding that will allow them to continue their good work and serve as a model to establish similar restorative care programs and improve quality of care throughout the state," said Senator George Amedore.
"I'm pleased to have worked with Senator Amedore, Dr. Bacchi and the Department of Health to secure this grant for TeliStat™," said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). "We included this in the 2016-17 State budget to review, evaluate, and analyze the restorative care program for effectiveness and replicability and to propose recommendations for statewide implementation. This will allow TeliStat™ to showcase their efforts statewide, becoming an effective exemplar for additional restorative care programs throughout New York."
TeliStat™ has entered into a strategic partnership with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY to use high performance computing and analytics to provide IT support, as well as product research and development for existing and future technology.
"One of our goals as a college is to offer technologies to like-minded organizations that create a lasting impact on our local community," said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO at Marist College. "Partnering with an organization such as TeliStat™ provides the opportunity to support our local and regional community by sharing services in support of community needs."
The Restorative Care Unit was piloted at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingston, NY.
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