60% Decrease in CHF readmissions: Cornerstone VNA uses Health Recovery Solutions Tablets to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Cornerstone VNA, a 4-star rated agency for quality patient care and patient satisfaction, has teamed up with the fastest growing telehealth company in home care to provide an array of unique monitoring features to complement its highly rated home care services.

Cornerstone VNA has partnered with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a software company started at Johns Hopkins University, to transform their telehealth remote monitoring program. HRS uses a 4G-enabled Samsung tablet with software to support education, self-care activities, and real-time videoconferencing and high-risk alerts. The tablet’s software teaches patients to take and record vital signs with the support of wireless Bluetooth devices. Patients answer disease specific daily symptom questions through the tablet. With a focus on education, the tablets offer a wide range of videos on chronic disease that includes congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease and diabetes.Telehealth Photo - CVNA

According to Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, COS-C, Clinical Director at Cornerstone VNA, “Cornerstone VNA has been using telehealth for 18 years and is continuing its efforts to incorporate innovative approaches to providing highly rated home care to our patients.” Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS adds, “I am very pleased that Cornerstone VNA is able to offer this new technology to our patients. The HRS Telehealth Units utilize a sophisticated software program to help us closely monitor patients with chronic illnesses and demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative programs that improve the health of our community.”

The state average for home care hospital readmissions for congestive heart failure (CHF) in New Hampshire is 16.7% and 16% nationally. Thanks to the new telehealth units, the 30-day readmission rates at Cornerstone VNA have decreased from 12.1% to 4.8%. That is a 60% reduction in CHF readmissions for patients that are on the telehealth program. Along with the 4.8% readmission rate, patients gave high ratings to the telehealth platform. On a scale of 0-5, the average score patients gave whether they would recommend the use of the tablet to a family member or friend was 4.08 (4-5 score means they strongly agree).

Health Recovery Solutions, a New York City based telehealth provider, supplies some of the nation’s leading medical centers and home health agencies platforms for advanced, real-time patient monitoring and video chat capabilities. They have added over 25 home care agencies to their list of clients in just 2 years. Some of the company’s current customers include Johns Hopkins, Penn Care at Home, and First Health of the Carolinas. For more information, call (347)699-6HRS or visit www.healthrecoverysolutions.com

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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