SeamlessMD is excited to announce that our success with Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in achieving reductions in Length of Stay and cost savings for their Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program has garnered the recognition of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
The health system’s results were officially presented at the ASA’s Practice Management Conference on January 26, 2017. This event underscores our company’s commitment to building clinical evidence with our health system partners about the value of our solution.
Below is an excerpt from the official ASA press release which can be found here:
App Helps C-Section Patients Reduce Length of Hospital Stay after Delivery
01.26.17. GRAPEVINE, Texas – Women who used a smartphone app as part of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) program were released from the hospital sooner after delivering their babies via cesarean section, according to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2017 meeting. This study, and other research presented at the meeting, highlight how PSH programs and physician-led care lead to improved quality of care, while lowering costs:
Smartphone app empowers C-section patients: Women scheduled for C-sections downloaded a special app on their smartphones four weeks prior to the procedure as part of a PSH, a patient-centered, physician-led, team-based model of coordinated care that spans the entire surgical experience, from the decision to have surgery to discharge and beyond.
The app reminded them of appointments, provided pre-surgery information – such as when to start and stop medications – and facilitated remote post-surgery health checks such as pain control and wound recovery. Researchers reported on the first 30 women using the app and found the average length of hospital stay after delivery decreased from 3.7 days to 2.7 days.
The program is the first in the United States to employ enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) for C-section. An element of the PSH, ERAS programs use a variety of methods to ease the effects of surgery and fast-track patient recovery.
When factoring in the cost savings of shorter hospital stays with the cost of the resources required to participate in the program and develop and implement the app, the return on investment was significant – 216 percent the first year and an estimated 282 percent in subsequent years, researchers note.
While it is too soon to report quality outcomes such as surgical site infections, urinary tract infections and patient satisfaction, early results are promising, said study author Attila Kett, M.D., M.B.A., division chief of obstetric anesthesia at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.
While federal law requires insurance companies pay for 96 hours of hospitalization after C-section, it is safe and preferable to leave the hospital sooner if the physician determines the mother and baby are healthy and the mother agrees, he said. “The app empowers women by putting them in control of their health care needs,” said Dr. Kett.