PHILADELPHIA, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RightCare Solutions, Inc., an evidence-based technology organization specializing in hospital care transitions and readmission management, announced today that a pivotal study examining the impact of RightCare Solutions' D2S2 care transitions software platform on all-cause 30-day readmissions met its primary endpoint showing a 29% reduction in all-cause 30-day readmission rates in the intervention group. Consistent with the data reported in previous studies, reductions were seen in high-risk patients at all three hospitals that participated in the study. Full results will be presented in upcoming presentations and publications. This study was conducted in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System with the goal of improving care coordination and reducing readmissions. The partnership with RightCare Solutions included the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital. By leveraging D2S2, the health system's staff of nurses, clinical resource coordinators, and social workers utilized evidence-based point-of-care software to improve and enhance patient outcomes.
"We are excited by the role D2S2 demonstrated in helping our staff reduce all-cause 30-day readmission rates, as managing readmissions is a complex problem," said Dr. PJ Brennan, Chief Medical Officer of the Penn Health System. "These results are important for our patients and the health-system."
"Hospitals are under significant pressures to reduce readmissions and in need of solutions that improve their outcomes. We are pleased with the results of this large study and would like to thank the nurses and case managers at UPHS for their efforts," said Eric Heil, Co-Founder, President and CEO of RightCare. "This study demonstrates the significant impact on readmission outcomes with D2S2, which combines a decade of peer-reviewed research with point-of-care technology to help deliver the right care at the right time to the right patient."
Pioneered by Dr. Kathryn Bowles, Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, D2S2 ("Discharge Decision Support System") was developed over a decade of academic research to predict which patients need post-acute care. Reducing readmissions using the D2S2 software platform begins at admission, generating a RightRefer™ score that designates not only those patients who are high-risk but also which specific post-acute care interventions are most appropriate. By accessing D2S2 via their Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Case Management system, care managers leverage workflow tools that help prioritize their time and optimize their staffing needs. Personalized care plans can be developed for each patient based on individual risk factors, and electronic referrals can be transmitted to the right agency; at admission and within a software platform that is interoperable with existing IT systems.
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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