A primary focus in health care, from hospitals, the government and private insurers, is to improve treatment and efficiency. One key measurement: readmission rates.

Centegra Health System found that when case managers, home health aides, physical therapists and other care providers could easily communicate with each other about a shared patient, good things happened: readmission rates dropped, post-surgery stays in skilled nursing facilities shortened, and more patients successfully transitioned to less expensive post-procedure options like outpatient or community-based services.

The game changer, it says, was a private app from Chicago startup PreparedHealth, which connects various care providers and allows them to share information and status reports about a patient in the same way they might on Facebook or LinkedIn. The HIPAA-compliant network, called Dina, also electronically stores a patient’s charts, insurance and other vital information, so everyone on the healthcare team has access to it. The network is open to professional caregivers and family members, although the Centegra program is limited to caregivers.

Read the full article on Crain’s Chicago Business

Latest News and Insights

View All

Join Dina at Home Health Care News FUTURE Conference

Join Dina at Home Health Care News FUTURE Conference

Attending the Home Health Care News FUTURE conference on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17? Join our "Executive Talk" with Dina CEO Ashish V. Shah and Editor Robert Holly: "Care Traffic Control: Connecting Hospitals and Plans to the Home," on Sept. 16 at 9:30 am CST. Don't miss a...

Join Us at HAS20 Virtual Conference!

Join Us at HAS20 Virtual Conference!

We're excited to be part of Health Catalyst's Healthcare Analytics Summit on Sept. 1-Sept. 3. You'll find Dina at the Digital Innovation Showcase, Virtual Booth #10, and you can "visit" us throughout the conference. In addition, look for us at the following show...