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Patient safety risks associated with telecare: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the literature.
Guise V, Anderson J, Wiig S. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014;14:588.
Patient safety in the homecare setting has begun to garner increasing attention. This systematic review explored patient safety issues related to the emerging use of telecare to provide remote services for patients at home. Many risks were identified, but the authors conclude more study is needed to understand telecare-related patient safety.
Community-based health coaches and care coordinators reduce readmissions using information technology to identify and support at-risk Medicare patients after discharge.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. July 30, 2014.
This article describes an intervention that trained health coaches to use mobile technology to assess the health status of recently discharged Medicare patients, first during an in-home visit 48 hours after leaving the hospital and then with weekly phone calls over a 3-week period. The program resulted in decreased readmission rates and significant cost savings.