WHY HEALTH IT MATTERS

John Raffetto, CEO of RH Strategic, and Convening Panel member of our Alaska event, sent us this interesting link this morning.

Citing a study of 29 Philadelphia-based hospitals, 18 of the hospitals who submitted re-admit data on patients saw a 7% drop in 30-day readmission rates.  This 7% equaled $4m in savings in the third quarter alone.  It probably resulted in a number of happier patients, too – apparently more than 400 of them.

On the one hand, HIT implementation is clearly improving within hospital settings, which is supporting work flow changes leading to real, tangible patient benefits.  However, there is still considerable work to do on the communication between hospitals and physicians in the post-discharge setting, as demonstrated by this interesting nugget in the report.