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The call for improved tech in the long-term care field

April 1, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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While discussions about technology’s role in the long-term and post-acute care space are gaining momentum, many organizations providing that care admit that they’re not prepared to use innovative tools as part of a value-based strategy, according to a report published last fall by Black Book Research. 

According to the article from HealthTech, just 3 percent of inpatient long-term care providers surveyed say they deploy data analytics technology with a goal of cutting unnecessary hospital readmissions and lowering care costs.

“Most long-term care organizations are still stuck in a volume-based mindset,” says Doug Brown, Black Book Research’s managing partner, in a press release accompanying the report. “Integrating evidence-based practices through clinical operations can control rising costs, reduce duplication and other inefficiencies, and position the business to be a successful player in the reforming post-acute continuum.”

What’s more, the meaningful communication and interoperability necessary to fuel innovation in long-term care are still a long way out for most facilities.

In fact, 94 percent of care managers surveyed said that hospitals still send complex patients with the highest morbidity rates to skilled nursing facilities with nearly no communication. And long-term care administrators surveyed said that nearly 90 percent of their facilities aren’t exchanging health information electronically with referring provider organizations, including hospitals, physicians and home health providers.

Read the full story at HealthTech.

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