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Hospital Readmissions with eINTERACT™ - Solution Sheet - PointClickCare

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions March/2017 Although hospitalizations are necessary for a variety of reasons, experts suggest that up to 68 % 1 of readmissions could be avoided. With eINTERACT ™ , there is a new industry - standard for Health Information Technology (HIT) , designed to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. A joint effort between Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and PointClickCare, eINTERACT is the industry's first initiative designed to bring the proven methodology of the INTERACT ® quality improvement progr am to Electronic Health Record (EHR) software platforms. As numerous research studies have shown, manual use of the INTERACT program and tools can successfully reduce acute care transfers. Incorporating the tools into an EHR presents providers with enhanced opportuniti es t o impact the reduction of re admission rates and to access timely data for quality improvements. The readmission rate for patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility is 25% within 30 days 1 . What can senior care providers do to reduce these hospital readmissions? Early warning of changes in a resident's condition is critical. Early identification of changes in condition is key to managing and preventing unnecessary resident transfers to hospitals. The sooner a change in condition is identified, the quicker interventions can be implem ented to prevent decline and avoid potential transfers. PointClickCare's platfor m offers the eINTERACT Stop and Watch Early Warning Tool, enabling any staff who are in a position to observe resident changes, including nursing aides, rehabilitation therapi sts, environmental services and dieticians to document observations of early changes in a resident's condition, including those identified by visiting family members. Those observations are communicated to the licensed nursing staff through automatic aler ts in the PointClickCare EHR. INTERACT ® and eINTERACT™ are Registered Trademarks of Florida Atlantic University.

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