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Mobile Solution Produces Award-Winning Results for Healthcare Provider

Results by the Numbers

Decrease in Outbound Calls
Decrease in Inbound Calls
Saved by Switching to iPhones
Decrease in Cost Per Referral

Award-Winning Results

The patient intake mobile platform has been a game-changer for VITAS, with numerous benefits:

  • Outbound calls decreased 40 percent over 18 months. In 2014, VITAS documented 918,000 outbound calls; in 2016, that number was 554,000. Inbound calls were reduced by 21 percent, which means nurses and clinicians are getting to the bedside faster.
  • VITAS has saved $2.2 million by switching to the iPhone 6+, because phones cost about 35 percent less than desktop computers.
  • VITAS has seen a 15 percent reduction on cost per referral. In 2016, that was a savings of $908,000. The process is also faster and more effective.
  • Prior to the mobile platform, nurses needed to attend 23 hours of training before they could use the system; now it takes one hour: a new VITAS nurse gets a phone that configures itself, and after an hour watching tutorials, he or she can be caring for patients.
  • A simple and intuitive interface makes it easy for nurses to capture patient details such as insurance and prior clinical assessments.

The mobile platform features an IT infrastructure that supports data communications with mobile devices through a web services architecture. This has eliminated hundreds of paper forms that were formerly faxed or carried between patients and clinicians. The app has also improved data privacy and security for accessing information, because only authorized clinical staff have the appropriate level of mobile device access.

“Providing the best, most efficient care for our patients is our mission and passion, and the mobile app helps us do that,” Hale said. “It allows our clinicians to spend time engaged with patients instead of on technology, and that improves the quality of experience at bedside.”

In January, the VITAS/Centric mobile solution partnership won the 2018 Process Excellence Network (PEX) award for its mobile solution to improve the patient experience. The award recognizes success in projects where processes are improved and enabled by technology. Projects are judged on initial implementation success, future sustainability, governance and business impact.

And we won’t stop there. After the 18-month pilot program proved such a success, the joint tech team is moving ahead to add new features and functions.

“Every piece of technology we layer on builds on how the system works,” said Hale. “We want to continue to leverage the power of mobile devices every day to make clinicians’ lives easier. By eliminating the technology burden, we make it more about patient interaction and clinical experience.”

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This is a modified version of an article written by Vanessa Orr and originally published in South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report.

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