ATLANTA – Emory Healthcare saved $4.6 million using a Royal Philips telemedicine platform in its intensive care unit over a 15-month period, an audit by Abt Associates has found. “These independent findings verify that our innovative approach to addressing a highly variable, complex patient population—those in the critical care unit—improves patient outcomes, allowing them to leave the ICU healthier, thereby reducing the need for patients and their families to have extended rehab stays or be readmitted,” said Dr. Timothy Buchman, director of the critical care center at Emory Healthcare, in a statement. The report found a $1,486 reduction in average Medicare spending per 60-day episode; a 4.9% increase in the rate of discharges to home health care; a 6.9% decrease in discharges to skilled nursing facilities and long-term care hospitals; and a 2.1% decrease in the rate of 60-day inpatient readmissions. “As health systems transition to value-based care and depend more on population health tools, these long-term benefits to patients are not only reducing readmissions and improving outcomes, but also have the potential to increase hospital ratings and lower the cost of care,” said Manu Varma, business leader of Philips Wellcentive and Hospital to Home, in a statement.
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