Contact-free continuous monitoring (CFCM) holds a significant amount of untapped potential for post-acute care centers and skilled nursing facilities: In a new white paper, research firm Frost & Sullivan calculates that the average U.S. post-acute care facility “could expect to see revenue increase by 22% and its net profit margin grow by 12.8%” by leveraging the technology to treat high-acuity patients.
Offering a carefully researched, evidence-based model for predicting the competitive advantages of contact-free continuous monitoring in the post-acute marketplace, the white paper authors outline the key improvements that CFCM can offer post-acute care facilities, including:
- Reducing the frequency of patient falls
- Offering the means for earlier detection of cardiac and respiratory conditions
- Offering earlier detection of patient deterioration and the potential onset of sepsis
- Helping facilities better prevent hospital-bed pressure ulcers (a.k.a., bed sores).
- Reducing length of stay for low-acuity patients, freeing up beds for higher-acuity patients
- Improving both the quality and quantity of patient data, leading to better triage and patient care coordination
- Facilitating easier communications not only between patients and clinicians, but also among healthcare providers, for improved coordination among staff
How Contact-Free Continuous Monitoring Helps Improve Post-Acute Care Coordination
Though better known for signature achievements like patient fall reduction — the technology can reduce bed-side falls by as much as 40%, the authors note — the power of contact-free continuous monitoring technology to improve post-acute care coordination is no less important for enhancing a facility’s competitive advantage.
Because it captures more and better patient data, CFCM technology like the EarlySense patient monitoring solution “can facilitate better communication between nursing staff and physicians,” write the authors. This in turn can enable the establishment of “a stronger baseline of information … that can facilitate better handoffs between shifts.”
Thanks to the “significantly richer source of objective data to discuss,” nurses, physicians and other staff members can communicate at a higher level about a patient’s needs. “This capability of the technology can also position it as an educational tool for staff, patients and families to baseline on the patient’s status, identify potential problems, and show improvement over time.”
This capacity to improve post-acute care coordination can lead to better-quality patient care and safety, the authors note: “When facilities have access to this level of real-time data, the ability to review trends and do comparative benchmarking, they are able to significantly raise the quality of patient care for their most complex patients,” they write.
“Providers are combining these vital sign measurements with behavioral observations and the broader medical record to spot complex problems earlier. Is the restless patient recovering from a hip fracture receiving adequate pain control? Is the patient with progressive dementia developing a urinary tract infection?”
Insights of this nature “can be particularly valuable during the first 24 to 48 hours after a patient is admitted to the post-acute care facility,” the authors add, “since staff members do not have as much knowledge of the patient’s exact disease status and limitations.”
Post-Acute Care Coordinators Discuss their Experience with CFCM Technology
To illustrate the power of CFCM to improve post-acute patient care coordination, the authors spoke to Frances Paggeot, an administrator who oversaw the installation of the technology in a 12-bed, high-acuity ventilator unit. Because they could better identify respiratory and heart rate problems, Paggeot’s staff members were able to escalate potential issues more quickly, which resulted in “a significant reduction in hospitalizations.”
“I also like CFCM for patient turning protocol,” Paggeot told the authors. “I could look in my office and see if someone has not been turned, which is a big relief. In critically complex patients the ability to prevent pressure ulcers and be alert to any immediate triggers is very valuable.”
“CFCM helps to identify subtle and early signs of developing infection, potential cardiac problems, and reminds staff when a resident needs to be turned and positioned,” Hebrew Home Medical Director Dr. Zachary Palace told the authors. “In addition, it alerts staff when a resident is getting out of bed, and helps assess pain in residents with dementia. It also detects a heart rate for LVAD residents without the commonly used EKG or Doppler.”
Ultimately, with contact-free continuous monitoring, “staff is provided with a new tool to stay more in tune with needs of patients,” the authors conclude. “This not only improves quality of care and reduces liability, but it also provides better service to patients, leading to faster recovery” and higher patient satisfaction scores, as well. “It may even allow the admission of more patients.”
Learn more about the power of contact-free continuous monitoring to improve post-acute care coordination for your facility: Download the white paper here, or contact us here to schedule a complimentary consultation with an EarlySense expert.