Beacon Health System To Leverage Biofourmis Solution For Post-discharge Remote Patient Monitoring Program To Reduce Readmissions And Optimize Outcomes Across Complex Chronic Conditions
Biofourmis, a leading global technology-enabled care delivery provider, announced an agreement with Beacon Health System in South Bend, Ind., for a multi-hospital post-discharge remote patient monitoring (RPM) program for complex chronic conditions to reduce readmissions, expand care access across the region, and improve clinical outcomes.
Beacon is the largest locally owned and operated non-profit health system across northern Indiana and southwest lower Michigan, with 146 care sites—including eight hospitals with 1,240 beds—across seven counties. Nearly 8,000 associates and more than 1,175 physicians and other providers at Beacon serve and care for more than 4,000 patients per day.
Beacon is launching its post-discharge RPM program with Biofourmis across two of its largest hospitals—Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Patients with congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who meet certain criteria are to be enrolled in the program in the first year. Heart failure is responsible for nearly 1.3 million hospitalizations per year in the U.S. while COPD is attributed to more than 650,000 hospitalizations per year. Both conditions also have among the highest rates of hospital readmissions within 30 days—23% for heart failure and 20% for COPD.
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“With the Biofourmis solution, our patients with congestive heart failure or COPD can be discharged home safely and will be monitored more closely to prevent the need for readmission,” said Sam El-Dalati, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at Beacon. “Using a combination of biosensor monitoring and self-management prompts, we can effectively watch for changes in our patients’ conditions and build their confidence and skills to effectively manage their conditions, avoiding costly emergency department visits or rehospitalizations. We are thrilled to have these innovative tools as we strive to deliver outstanding care, inspire health and connect with heart.”
Connecting Patients and Providers
The BiofourmisCare solution includes the FDA-cleared Biovitals advanced analytics platform, patient-facing digital tools, clinician dashboard with a mobile interface, medical devices/equipment, as well as logistics and clinical services. Beacon providers can review all data and insights on the continuously updated clinician dashboard and, in a glance, providers can evaluate each patient trajectory.
“The solution will enable us to remotely monitor patients’ conditions, respond to symptoms, assist with medications and even conduct telehealth visits,” said John Bruinsma, manager of Care Coordination at Beacon. “Together, these tools will help us ensure these patients transition to home safely following their hospitalizations.”
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Beacon providers will also be supported by Biofourmis’ remote, multidisciplinary care team that will assist with patient monitoring and intervention duties, primarily overnight and on weekends, which will be a seamless transition for patients. The remote care team further supports Beacon by supplementing its internal providers with Biofourmis’ highly qualified clinicians, including physicians, nurses, care navigators and respiratory technicians.
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