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Banner Home Care Using Telehealth to Reduce Readmissions

October 28, 2009
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Banner Home Care, part of Banner Heart Hospital (Mesa, Ariz.), has partnered with Philips (Netherlands) to provide telehealth services to patients with heart failure and other chronic diseases in order to reduce its readmission rate.

Banner Home Care has provided telemonitoring to more than 550 patients in the past three years, and achieved a readmission rate of 3.8 percent for patients on telehealth, versus a national readmission rate of 29 percent for Medicare-certified home health agencies, says the company.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, non-profit healthcare systems in the country. The system owns or manages 22 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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I know it takes numbers like the ones posted in the article to get people's attention, but the real story is the quality of life improvement for those patients that did not have to be readmitted to the hospital. Congratulations to Banner for being able to provide the numbers to the healthcare community and for the hospital-free days they have been able to give to their patients. I really hope these results can convince others to follow in their footsteps.

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