HMA Rolls Out Technology Designed to Prevent Patient Falls

Health Management Associates, based in Naples, Fla., has rolled out new technology designed to prevent patient falls, according to a Naples News report.

CMS has deemed patient falls a preventable hospital error and will soon stop payments to healthcare organizations that fail to prevent such incidents. Published research has also shown patient falls can drive up hospital stays and healthcare costs.

 



The CareView technology equips patient rooms with motion sensors that alert nurses when a patient is leaning out of bed too far or is trying to get out of bed. The technology also records sounds in patients' rooms. HMA providers obtain patients' consents prior to activating the technology. So far, approximately 15 HMA hospitals have implemented the technology, according to the report.

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