The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated the Hospital Readmissions Reduction (HRR) Program that reduces reimbursements to hospitals that have an increased readmission rate. Aligning with this initiative of lowering avoidable readmissions, UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) has roped-in Informatica Corporation, a data integration software provider, and medCPU Inc., a provider of clinical decision support technologies, to deploy at its facility, a data integration technology.
As a Central and Western Massachusetts non-profit healthcare system, Worcester, MA-based UMMHC provides specialty services in cancer, cardiology, newborn intensive care, children and women’s services, orthopedics, diabetes, emergency medicine, and trauma. The American College of Surgeons has accredited UMMHC as the only designated Central Massachusetts’ Level One Trauma Center. The organization, a clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, includes five hospitals accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) or the Joint Commission, 1,700 physicians, and 12,350 staff.
In context with the requirement to reduce readmissions, the senior vice president and CIO of UMMHC, George Brenckle, states that precise monitoring of patient’s status, and recognition of flaws in clinical or administrative processes may help lower the risk for readmission. With the vast amount of patient data, he opinions that only advanced technology can consolidate and present all the data into a brief outlook of a patient’s condition.