Skilled nursing facilities are moving into the digital age, and the impact is being felt in areas ranging from hospital readmissions to workforce efficiency and clinical quality. Increasingly, skilled nursing facilities are using new approaches to improve not only their own performance but the wellbeing of the healthcare system generally.
"The burden of paperwork in these buildings is absolutely astounding," said Paul Liistro, managing partner of Vernon Manor and Manchester Manor, both in Connecticut. "If you can find a technological answer, it'll save you a lot of frustration. It makes the quality of work, the experience they have when they come to work, more enjoyable. They just want to solve medical problems."
According to Healthcare Finance News, the two facilities have also been able to improve their patients' lengths of stay. In Connecticut, the average length of stay for a patient in a skilled nursing facility is 30 days, and by Liistro's estimate, that translates into about $18,000 a stay -- the cost of episodic care. By contrast, Liistro's buildings average about 14 of 15 days per length of stay.
Hospitals aren't complaining, either. The federal government levies financial penalties against hospitals for underperforming against their peers when it comes to 30-day readmission rates; Medicare financially penalizes about two-thirds of U.S. hospitals based on that metric. Harnessing technology to improve clinical quality and reduce that metric has benefitted not only Vernon and Manchester Manors, but hospitals that serve those communities.
Read more about how technology trends are improving nursing homes at Health Finance News.