PCCI announces the official launch of the Pieces™ system at Texas Health Resources

Aug 08, 2013, 08:00 ET from PCCI

DALLAS, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PCCI (www.pccipieces.org) announces the go live of the Pieces™ software system today at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford, Texas, as part of a $2M scientific grant to PCCI from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Pieces™ extracts data from the hospital's electronic medical record to identify and stratify in real time patients at high risk for adverse clinical events. This helps providers improve patient safety and care quality by allocating resources to the right patients at the right time.

"We are excited to implement Pieces™ at Texas Health HEB," says Susann Land, MD, chief medical officer at Texas Health HEB. "We look forward to the positive impact of Pieces™ as part of our initiative to help reduce readmissions and improve care transitions."

Case managers are using the Pieces™ risk score and surveillance system to better manage and coordinate the care of heart failure patients at high risk of readmission.

Ferdinand Velasco, MD, chief health information officer at Texas Health Resources, commented, "The Pieces™ implementation represents a key step in our strategy of leveraging technology to reduce readmissions and improve patient care." 

A study conducted by investigators from PCCI, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the Mayo Clinic, recently published in the British Medical Journal Quality & Safety, demonstrated that the Pieces™ software is effective in substantially reducing readmissions in conjunction with thoughtful care coordination.

PCCI first developed and implemented the electronic risk prediction model in Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas in 2009. The use of the Pieces™ software system resulted in a sustained 19% reduction in readmissions for all heart failure patients.

"This is a major milestone for PCCI," said Ruben Amarasingham, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of PCCI. "We are thrilled to be a part of Texas Health's efforts to improve patient outcomes."