Reducing Hospital Readmissions Through Innovative Technologies That Improve Care Coordination

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Evidence is emerging that several new technologies, including remote patient-monitoring devices, medication optimization systems, and tools that improve caregiver-to-caregiver and caregiver-to-patient communications, can significantly reduce the need for hospital readmissions and lower costs by enabling a greater level of care coordination and integration. However, providers and researchers lack sufficient information about the best ways to incorporate these technologies into care redesign efforts, what to invest in and when, and how to implement the tools systemwide in order to reap their full benefit. This project will develop case studies, working papers, and tools based on different types of organizations that have successfully implemented these technologies. The findings will assist care delivery systems, community partnerships, and national organizations in efforts to improve care coordination and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Public Health Institute
Principal Investigator:
Carmen Nevarez, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
$296,093.00
Approval Date:
April 13, 2010

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