Study: EMR's Risk Assignment Helps Cut Heart Failure Readmissions 19%

Using an electronic medical record to identify heart failure patients at high risk for a 30-day readmission helped a hospital allocate care transition resources to those patients, leading to a reduction in the readmission rate, according to a study in BMJ Quality & Safety.

An EMR-based software platform stratified patients admitted with heart failure according to their risk for a readmission within 30 days. The hospital implemented a set of evidence-based interventions to the highest-risk patients to prevent a readmission. From 2008 to 2010, the readmission rate decreased 19.1 percent.

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