PHILADELPHIA, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Pennsylvania Health System and RightCare Solutions, Inc., an evidence-based technology organization specializing in hospital care transitions and readmission management, today announced an expanded partnership with the goal of improving care coordination and reducing readmissions. The partnership with RightCare will extend across all Penn hospitals including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital. By leveraging RightCare's Discharge Decision Support System (D2S2), the health system's staff of nurses, clinical resource coordinators, and social workers will utilize evidence-based point-of-care tools to improve and enhance patient outcomes.
"We were encouraged by early D2S2 outcomes data, so we made the decision to expand our partnership with RightCare into all three of our acute-care hospitals," said Dr. PJ Brennan, Chief Medical Officer of the Penn Health System. "Through this collaboration we are looking forward to exploring the clinical and workflow benefits that the software will deliver."
"Hospitals are accustomed to multi-year, expensive IT projects," said Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Health System. "RightCare, on the other hand, is swift and nimble in terms of the software implementation. We're excited about the potential and the opportunity to test a promising new approach rapidly."
"Financial pressures due to readmissions are significant, and hospitals across the country are seeking scientifically-driven, evidence-based tools that identify high-risk patients, optimize workflow, and automate care transitions," said Eric Heil, Co-Founder and CEO of RightCare. "We are excited to provide this foundation for Penn's leading readmissions reduction efforts."
About Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.
The Perelman School of Medicine is currently ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $479.3 million awarded in the 2011 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; and Pennsylvania Hospital — the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Penn Medicine also includes additional patient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2011, Penn Medicine provided $854 million to benefit our community.
About RightCare Solutions, Inc.
RightCare Solutions believes that evidence-based technology can empower nurses, discharge planners, and case managers to revolutionize the care transitions process. With our proprietary Discharge Decision Support System, D2S2, hospitals, insurers, and homecare agencies improve the quality of care for patients while alleviating the devastating toll that 30-day readmissions exact on the healthcare system. Based on a decade of research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the D2S2 platform enables continuous point-of-care decision support, optimizes workflow, and automates post-acute care transitions. Visit us at www.RightCareSolutions.com to learn more, and follow us on Twitter @TeamRightCare.
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