Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Reducing readmissions from nursing home facilities with the Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program"
Geographic Reach: Arkansas, Texas
Funding Amount: $1,600,322
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $3,536,440


CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, in partnership with the Community Long-Term Care Facility Partnership Group and University of the Incarnate Word, received an award to implement the Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program (INTM). The INTM will train nurses to recognize early warning signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) and sepsis in Medicare beneficiaries in nursing home facilities and patients in hospitals who are vulnerable to certain preventable conditions. The project team developed an educational program that includes customized, clinical decision support mobile device training, and interactive didactic sessions. The training, in combination with computerized clinical decision support systems that guide nurses through evidence-based protocols once symptoms are detected and mobile devices loaded with clinical support system software, is anticipated to result in a 20% reduction in readmissions from long term care facilities for CHF and sepsis and fewer failure-to-rescue situations for those patients who are admitted to the hospital.

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