VNA Philadelphia Partners with HRS to Reduce ED Visits and Lower Hospital Readmissions

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Hospital News
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VNA Philadelphia, the oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice provider in the Philadelphia area, has partnered with Health Recovery Solutions to reduce hospital readmission rates and limit avoidable emergency department visits for their patients.

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- VNA Philadelphia, the oldest and largest non-profit home health and

hospice provider in the Philadelphia area, has partnered with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) to reduce hospital readmission rates and limit avoidable emergency department visits for their patients. VNA Philadelphia has established a comprehensive telehealth program with the HRS software, known as HELM – Health Education and Lifestyle Management.

The HELM program will serve medically complex patients who are at risk for hospital readmissions. VNA Philadelphia also plans to provide telehealth interventions to patients with chronic illnesses, such as CHF, COPD, and diabetes, to promote independent symptom management and improve patient quality of life. As the program develops, VNA Philadelphia will expand HELM to any patient who can benefit from telehealth technology.

Patients participating in HELM are provided with 4G tablets pre-loaded with the HRS software. The tablets pair with Bluetooth peripheral devices that allow patients to track relevant physiological data, such as blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and glucose levels. The patient information automatically transmits to the tablet and is electronically delivered to the patient's nurse, allowing clinical staff to address changes in medical status in a timely manner.

The HRS software also offers video conferencing and wound imaging features, which enhance patient communication and diagnostic accuracy. VNA Philadelphia is particularly excited about these features, as they will allow the clinicians to deliver more targeted treatment interventions and management guidelines to their patients. Additionally, the HRS software will improve the workflow at VNA Philadelphia because it integrates with Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), an application they currently use to monitor quality of care.

VNA Philadelphia has established the HELM program in order to facilitate meaningful interactions between patients, families, and medical providers. Tom Miller RN CCRN, Telehealth Team Manager at VNA Philadelphia, states, "Our patients and the community that we serve are always our primary focus when making decisions. We have to be looking ahead to the future and better utilize technology to find the best way to treat our patients. With a growing, aging population suffering from chronic illness – this tool will provide patients in their own home with the peace of mind that help from a clinician is only a phone call, text, or video conference away. We not only want the best care for our patients, but we want their family to know their loved one knows that someone is keeping an eye on them."

Nolan Santosa, Client Success and Operations Manager at HRS, adds, "We are thrilled to have been chosen as VNA Philadelphia's telehealth partner. The HELM program reflects VNA Philadelphia's steadfast dedication to the well-being of their patients and their family members. We are excited to see how this innovative program develops."

About VNA Philadelphia VNA Philadelphia is the oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice provider in the region, and one of the most innovative in the nation. Founded in 1886, VNA Philadelphia serves more than 8,000 residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs each year. VNA Philadelphia is Medicare Certified, licensed by the State of Pennsylvania, Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Our mission is to provide comprehensive home health, palliative, and end of life care of the highest quality to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. To find out more about VNA Philadelphia, contact us at 215-473-0772 or visit http://www.vnaphilly.org.

About Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) supplies leading home care agencies with the most advanced remote monitoring platform focused on changing patient behavior to reduce readmissions and improve clinical outcomes. HRS' disease-specific engagement kits are customized with educational video, care plans, medication reminders while integrated with Bluetooth peripherals to engage clients. For clinicians, HRS' software allows for the management of high-risk clients and provides seamless communication with them through video chat, wound imaging and text messaging. For family members and caregivers, HRS' software gives them the ability to be fully involved in their family member's care and well-being. To learn more about Health Recovery Solutions, visit https://www.healthrecoverysolutions.com/ or call (347) 699-6477.

 

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