CHICAGO – Toronto-based SeamlessMD worked with colorectal surgeons and other hospital administrators at Rush University Medical Center to develop a customized app for the hospital’s enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program.
The mobile app uses prompts, checklists and timelines to remind patients what they need to do before and after surgery. It also educates patients on their milestones, tracks compliance with ERAS care processes and generates reports for quality improvement.
“SeamlessMD is a tool that was specifically designed to support patients through a surgical process that includes enhanced recovery,” said Dr. Anthony Perry, vice president for ambulatory care and population health at Rush, in a statement. “It’s not only a neat technology, but a neat technology that’s truly aligned with our own goals of better health for those patients coming through the ERAS process.”
The hospital’s colorectal surgery team began the ERAS program in 2014, and has managed to reduce the average hospital stay of these patients by 2.2 days. The program began expanding to other hospital surgical programs this year.
“It’s a combination of things we do before surgery, during surgery, and after surgery that improves the overall patient experience,” said Dr. Bruce Orkin, a colorectal surgeon at Rush, in a statement. “We can decrease surgical site infection rates, improve the pain control after surgery and reduce the amount of time in the hospital. People get back to work, back to family and back to life much more rapidly.”
The SeamlessMD app is provided free of charge to the surgery patients.