ReDS™ in the News: Cone Health’s Bronze Touchstone Award

Not only does ReDS™ give you accurate, actionable, and absolute lung fluid readings, ReDS™ has also been shown in a clinical study to reduce hospital readmissions by 87%. Sensible Medical is proud to report that Randolph Hospital, in collaboration with Cone Health, just received the Bronze Touchstone Award as part of the Carolinas HealthCare System’s Quality Patient Experience Sharing Day.

Why did Randolph Hospital win the Bronze Touchstone Award?  
For four consecutive years, readmissions rates at Randolph Hospital, a 100-bed independent hospital in North Carolina, had exceeded 20%, and the hospital was suffering Medicare penalties for its excessive 30-day HF readmissions rates. They knew they had to do something to get their readmissions rates down, and they chose ReDS™.

ReDS™ at Randolph
In a project utilizing ReDS™ technology as a Point-Of-Care HF device in the home health setting, team members from Randolph set out to decrease costs and readmissions by implementing ReDS™ in the treatment of multiple HF patients with one device.
To help the hospital reach its goal to lower its readmissions rate to 15% for 2016, and to decrease costs related to readmissions, Randolph Hospital began a three-month PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle in August last year. As part of the PDSA cycle, Randolph Hospital started by improving communication with HF patients. The hospital educated HF patients pre-discharge on how to self-monitor their HF symptoms and their daily weighs. After discharge, this improved communication continued when the home health nurses called patients regularly to check in on them.
Randolph Hospital also empowered its home health nurses, equipping them with ReDS™ devices that they took with them to obtain lung fluid readings when patients complained of symptoms indicating worsening HF. When ReDS™ delivered readings that exceeded normal lung fluid ranges, the nurses referred patients to their cardiologists for treatment, and the patients received daily home visits until their ReDS™ lung fluid readings improved.

The Results
By the time that the three-month PDSA cycle using ReDSconcluded, Randolph Hospital reached its goals. Through implementing ReDS™,  Randolph Hospital:

  • reduced its readmissions rate – from 26% during the first half of 2016 to 8% during the second half of the year, and
  • reduced its expenses related to hospital readmissions, by $30,000.

ReDS™ is changing the way practitioners manage and monitor lung fluid in Heart Failure patients. ReDS™ just may be a game changer in field of Heart Failure care!