New York City-based Jewish Home Lifecare, a nonprofit geriatric health and rehabilitation institution, has won McKnights Gold Innovator of the Year Award.
The prize was awarded in recognition of the completion of Pathways to Health, a six-month telemedicine pilot program on which Jewish Home collaborated with Panasonic.
The innovator award is presented annually in gold, silver and bronze categories to long-term care organizations using technology to enhance the quality of patient care and improve overall patient well-being while reducing associated costs, according to a news release. The prize is one of five Excellence in Technology awards created by McKnights, a business magazine serving the institutional long-term care field.
We are honored to receive this award and we congratulate everyone from Jewish Home and Panasonic who worked on this program, Regina Melly, senior vice president of business development at Jewish Home Lifecare, said in the release. We are thrilled with the results of the pilot. There could not be better news for our patients, their caregivers and the American healthcare system than a significant improvement in patient well-being coupled with a dramatic decrease in hospital visits.
Pathways to Health is designed to provide an ongoing stream of patient information to Jewish Home Lifecares healthcare providers, the release said. Of the 37 patients enrolled in the pilot, 97% reported feeling better able to manage their conditions, which led to an equally high medication adherence rate. These behavioral changes resulted in a more than 40% reduction in ED visits and hospital readmissions, according to the release.
Once connected to a TV in the home, the Pathways to Health solution allows healthcare providers within hospitals, long-term care facilities and other HIPAA-compliant care locations to remotely monitor vital signs, conduct interactive clinical dialogues and provide relevant patient education. Jewish Home nurses and care managers are able to modify individual care programs and initiate clinical interventions as indicated, such as sending a home health aide or alerting a physician, the release said.