The government is looking to address issues that can impact overall medical care such as housing, food, personal safety, transportation and inability to pay utility bills. The project will fund up to 44 separate experiments over five years. [Read more…]
Many patients leaving the hospital don’t understand follow-up care plans because the instructions are tailored to people with higher reading levels and more education, a recent U.S. study suggests.
The American Medical Association already recommends that written health information be targeted to a sixth grade audience because nearly half of the U.S. population is only marginally or functionally literate, with an elementary- or middle-school reading level, the researchers note in the American Journal of Surgery.
But the current study of discharge instructions given to about 500 trauma patients leaving the hospital found that only one fourth had the reading skills necessary to adequately understand their dismissal notes. [Read more…]
Discharge planning is often a broken link in the chain of care for hospital patients. Older adults and others with complex care needs nearly always need follow-up after they are discharged. They’ll almost certainly have to take new medications. They may need bandages changed after surgery, or physical therapy after a stroke. Unfortunately, they and their families rarely get the information they need to manage once they get home.
That may be changing in important ways. Both states and the federal government are taking steps to require hospitals to improve their discharge plans and better communicate them to patients and their families. [Read more…]
A digital program that can assess the health of hospital patients, developed by a startup company housed within ProMedica’s Medical Technology Business Incubator, may have the potential to significantly reduce the number of patients who find themselves back in the hospital soon after being discharged.
The startup, Homeward Healthcare LLC, is one of two companies housed in ProMedica’s new business incubator.
The incubator, part of the health system’s larger Pro-Medica Innovations, opened about three months ago and has room for two more companies, though officials hope to expand its size in the future. [Read more…]
Homeward — Getting the Medication Right
Joe Gough, president and CEO of Homeward Healthcare in Toledo, Ohio www.homewardhc.com, told how his six-year-old son was misdiagnosed at a hospital emergency room and was sent home with the wrong medication. All his vital signs crashed. Luckily, his life was saved upon readmission, and today he is a healthy young man. Many others are not so fortunate.
Again, I immediately could relate to misdiagnosis and incorrect medications. My dad was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and his cardiologist told me he had two months to two years to live. Several months later, I got a call: “You have to come home because your father is in the hospital, and we need to amputate both his legs because he is not getting enough blood circulation down there. We need you to tell him.”
- Two Edison Grants- Ohio Third Frontier 2013
- FutureMed- Accelerator 2013
- Med City- Showcase Start-up 2014
- Exponential Medicine- Showcase Start-Up 2014
- SXSW Venture Finalist 2015
- Innovation Summit Finalist 2015
- XMed- Medy Award Finalist 2015
- ODSA Accelerator Recipient $1million- 2015
- Healthcare IT World Cup Finalist 2015
- NHS England- Endorsed Pilot Programme- AHSN 2016 (one of seven)
Toledo, OH – Homeward Health, LLC (Homeward Healthcare) closed their second round of funding with a $750,000 investment from Arsenal Capital Management of St. Louis, MO (ACM). ACM joins strategic partner CQuence Health as lead investors in Homeward Healthcare. CQuence Health is headquartered in Omaha, NE. Both ACM and CQuence Health have early stage, healthcare company investments.
“We are very pleased to partner with Homeward Healthcare. Helping patients achieve a better outcome while lowering readmission risk and thereby healthcare costs is a primary objective of the Digital Discharge™ program. We believe Joe and his team are on the right path to achieving that goal,” said ACM Managing Director, Pete Reinecke.
The inspiration for Joe Gough’s current startup hit a little too close to home. He was working at the University of Michigan when his son had to go to the hospital. A bad discharge complicated his son’s recovery (he’s fine now) and inspired Gough to launch Homeward Healthcare.
Homeward Healthcare creates a mobile app that helps medical staff better communicate with their patients and make more informed decisions about treatment and discharge. The Ann Arbor-based company’s software platform enables a patient to help direct their care letting them fill out questionnaires on a mobile device where they can be free of social pressure to say certain things.