NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Medalogix founder and CEO Dan Hogan said a recent case study with a Texas home health agency has illustrated the power of predictive analytics population health tools.
“That was a big deal for us,” said Hogan of his company’s collaboration with Encompass Home Health. “They used all three of our data-driven tools and it was a real success for them and for us.”
Medalogix offers several software solutions to home health providers to crunch data, improve care and reduce costs: “Touch” automates a home health clinical team’s touchpoints; “Bridge” helps identify and inform patients who would benefit from hospice care; and “Nurture” identifies patients who might need further home care in the future.
Using Medalogix’s “Touch” tool, Encompass was able to decrease avoidable patient readmissions by more than 50% for the complete joint replacement and bundled payment programs; decrease rehospitalizations in value-based purchasing states by 32%; and save more than $1 million by leveraging automated vs. manual phone calls.
Using the Medalogix “Bridge” tool, Encompass increased total hospice days by 74% over the course of 22 months. With “Nurture”, it was able to facilitate more than 5,000 patient contacts, resulting in the identification of 276 patients in need of additional home care.
“Patient care does not stop after discharge has occurred,” said Janice Riggins, Encompass vice president of clinical transformation, in a statement. “By quickly identifying patients through (these tools) we were able to intervene at different milestones to mitigate avoidable emergent care situations and provide the right care at the right time.”
Hogan said that once Encompass was able to master the math and capture predictive analytics, Medalogix had more work to do.
“The hard part is figuring out how to re-orient clinicians’ thinking,” said Hogan, who said Medalogix is working with a number of home care agencies, in addition to Encompass. “Taking data-driven tools and putting them into the workflow is difficult, but they’re seeing the results day-to-day.”
Hogan believes that individual, evidence-based care plans are where home health care is headed, and data-driven tools will be the way to get there.
“We’re now in a position to lay out a consolidated view of millions of other patients’ experiences, and having that data at your fingertips is powerful,” Hogan said. “Home health care is about to become the most important delivery sector in the industry—we’ve got a really smooth road ahead of us.”