Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CHRISTUS St Michael’s Health System has been awarded $1,600,000 for an Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program (INTM).

The INTM system is an iPad-based clinical decision support platform that utilizes advanced analytics.

It is conceptualized, developed, and piloted by Ringful Health.

Ringful Health is an early stage health technology company based in Austin, Texas. They use teamwork based solutions to help hospitals and communities improve healthcare outcome, patient safety, and reduce cost through mobile and decision support technologies.

According to the article, the CMS recognizes that this innovative platform will save Medicare millions from just a single hospital in only 3 years.

Mike Finley, M.D., Chief Regional Medicare Officer for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System explains,

“The INTM Program will help generate a potential savings of $3.5 million to CMS over the next three years by training nurses to recognize early warning signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) and sepsis among Medicare beneficiaries in nursing home facilities and patients in hospitals, who are vulnerable for certain preventable conditions. We expect to experience reduced hospitalizations and readmissions due to CHF and sepsis, which simultaneously benefits patients and decreases costs.”

Each year, nearly 1 million people are hospitalized with CHF, 30 percent to 60 percent of who are “readmits.” The CHF death rate has increased by 35 percent in the past quarter century; the disease is now the main cause or a contributor in nearly 53,000 U.S. deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. By recognizing the signs of CHF early as well as sepsis, it can be treated sooner, increasing overall patient outcomes.

As can be seen, the goal is to reduce overall healthcare costs.

“The INTM training, in combination with computerized clinical decision support systems loaded on mobile device tablets, is anticipated to result in a 20% reduction in readmissions from nursing home facilities for CHF and sepsis and fewer failure-to-rescue situations for those patients who are admitted to the hospital. The mobile devices, loaded with evidence-based protocols, will guide nurses through further patient assessment and actions once symptoms are detected. Ringful Health is a key partner in this effort helping support nurses with effective technology that enhances care.”

This will have a positive impact on patient experiences and will allow technology to benefit healthcare. Kim Johnson, Ringful Health’s Chief Operating Officer concurs.

“We are pleased to be the technology partner on this project. We believe that we are entering a new era where technology can provide enhanced support to nurses who are on the front lines of providing quality health care and proud to work with an innovative organization such as CHRISTUS St. Michael to make this a reality.”

Source: Ringful Health