PHILADELPHIA – Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has partnered with Locus Health to reduce hospital readmissions.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital worked with Locus Health, a Charlottesville, Va.-based provider of remote care solutions for population health, to develop a comprehensive navigation platform to care for patients once they’ve been discharged.
“We can’t afford to miss anything with these patients and now we’re not going to,” said Jack Carroll, CEO of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, which specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s care coordinators use the platform to reach out to patients on a regular basis using pre-set post-acute protocols, helping them to identify any issues that need to be addressed. The platform, which launched five months ago, also provides the hospital with actionable data in real-time to provide consistent follow-up care.
Carroll said because of the complexity of caring for patients today, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for busy physicians and nurses to manage them.
“You can’t hold all of this stuff in your head anymore,” he said. “You need finely-tuned specific artificial intelligence to help you do that, and that’s what we’re bringing with this partnership.”
Remote care solutions provided by Locus Health have reduced readmissions by more than 40% at other hospitals, said Kirby Farrell, CEO. They hope to do the same, or better, at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
Locus Health initially developed Magee’s platform to monitor patients with spinal cord injury, but the rehabilitation hospital is hoping to expand it to other patient populations, including those admitted with neurological and stroke-related conditions.