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Written with contributing author Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, MDM Healthcare

The costly effects of hospital readmissions have a significant impact on hospital organizations. According to an article published in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, “a significant portion of the expense incurred within the US healthcare system can be attributed to hospital readmission.” In addition, it states that “over $52.4 billion is spent annually to care for patients that were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days for a previously treated condition.” Another cost to consider is readmissions' effect on compliance with government standards. According to a report published by the AHRQ, The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), imposes a financial penalty on hospitals with higher-than-average readmission rates for certain conditions. In addition to the material costs of hospital readmissions, they also are detrimental to patient safety and overall quality of care.

Hospital organizations can invest in patient engagement technology to help reduce hospital readmission rates. This is because enhanced patient engagement using patient technology leads to better outcomes and supports health equity. A recent Forbes article also suggested that enhanced patient engagement through technology leads to better outcomes, resulting in reduced readmission rates. It states, “These systems automatically collect information and alert the patient and doctor if anomalies arise. Outcomes improve because diagnoses are based on more and current data.” There is a wealth of information and engagement patients receive using patient engagement technology, which contributes to a reduced chance of their readmission.

It is important to highlight some of the essential properties of patient engagement technology that support hospitals’ strategies to mitigate the cost of readmissions. Patient engagement enhances the humanization of care and supports better patient outcomes. To further support the clinician’s effort to humanize care patient engagement technology empowers, educates, and engages patients in their care which enriches the patient experience. Engaging and empowering the patient in this way allows more time for the clinician to interact in a personal way with the patient, building trust and humanizing care. This in turn also supports efforts of value-based care.

Essential properties to look for are:

· Intuitive user experience
· Integration with the Electronic Medical Record for accurate real time information
· Easily accessible daily plan of care information 24/7
· Information displayed in a language the patient can comprehend
· Virtual video and video calling features
· Individualized patient education with an auto assignment functionality based upon diagnosis, problem list, orders, risk assessment, age, needs assessment, etc.
· Engages and empowers the patient to participate in their care and the hospital environment via prompts, surveys, service requests, etc.
· Customization options for hospitals

Journey PX’s technology solutions are uniquely designed with the essential properties highlighted above and therefore an ideal choice for hospitals looking to invest in patient engagement technology to reduce readmissions. Hospitals can prepare patients for a successful discharge using Journey PX’s could-based patient engagement solutions. Journey PX solutions prepare patients for discharge by keeping them informed of their daily plan of care, providing individualized education, and streamlining communications between patients, families, and care teams. Journey PX allows hospital organizations to hard-wire bedside shift reports, one of the biggest drivers of quality and safety.
Journey PX’s digital whiteboard, My Day Today, provides vital information to hospital care teams, patients, and their families. My Stay provides patients with the education they need via access to an extensive education library. This allows patients to become more empowered through health literacy and enhances their readiness for discharge. It also helps support patients after discharge by providing education that can be texted to them, giving an added layer of assurance that they will not be readmitted. Journey PX’s virtual care solution, Connect, is another piece of technology that supports the patient’s daily plan of care and readiness for discharge. Connect also allows for less risk of infection, another contributing factor to hospital readmissions.
The new healthcare model is a consumer-centered model. This patient-centered model drives self-care, and with the use of technology, the patient is more engaged and empowered than ever. Armed with patient engagement technology, the patient is the captain of their care team. Patients can now use an array of services, apps, and other technology to get the information that they need. This supports the four core principles of patient and family-centered care: respect and dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration.

The shift to the patient-centered model is a proactive shift designed around prevention and well-being, rather than a reactive approach. In this post-pandemic healthcare landscape, patients' perceptions of technology have changed when it comes to their care. To conclude, costly readmissions are a strain on the hospital system and have a staggering annual total cost. In a post-COVID era hospital organizations have had to face additional challenges in implementing a plan to keep the costs of readmissions down. The investment in patient engagement technology pays back dividends as the multitude of capabilities has addressed several costly problems and provides several beneficial solutions. There are several essential properties patient engagement technology should possess to be most effective in optimizing it along these lines. The cutting-edge, cloud-based patient experience platform Journey PX provides solutions uniquely designed with the capabilities needed to be a strong ally in any hospital’s strategy to keep the excessive costs of readmissions down and improve quality and safety initiatives.

Written with contributing author Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, MDM Healthcare

Video has increasingly become a popular medium for education. The medium has proven to be an effective way to convey information and engage learners. In the healthcare industry, video education can be particularly useful for promoting health literacy. An article published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners states, “Patient-education needs to be a central priority in every patient encounter. The use of technology can convey complicated ideas by pictures, video, and multimedia, which transcend the spoken and written word and provide opportunities to bridge the divide of limited health literacy.”

Animation is a powerful tool in health videos, particularly when it comes to conveying complex ideas and improving the clarity and effectiveness of health videos. Animators can create visual aids that help to clarify and simplify health information. It also is a form of engaging content that can hold the attention of viewers and enhance their learning experience. Recently, MDM Healthcare Vice President of Clinical Excellence Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN sat down with Tim Jones, Emmy award-winning animator, CEO and Co-Founder of Health Nuts Media.

He explained that the use of video content to promote health literacy goes as far back as World War II when the U.S. Department of Defense commissioned artists such as legendary director Frank Capra and writer Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, to help them produce training videos for soldiers. “They decided to create these animated films to help these newly inducted soldiers understand the information that was going to help keep them alive. I find it interesting that in some way what I do today has been around for eighty or ninety years,” said Jones.

After a successful Hollywood career, including receiving an Emmy award, Jones became involved with animating content for the Starlight Foundation, who asked him to help produce animated videos for teens with cancer.

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He explained that the impact these videos made was apparent after a young cancer survivor expressed that these videos helped her in her fight with the disease. Jones reflects on how powerful this moment was for his career. “I love animation, the storytelling, and the artistry but it was not until that moment that I realized the impact it had made. I thought it was for entertainment only and I really did not fully understand that it could be such an effective tool and make such a difference in people’s lives. So that is how I got started,” he said. In 2010, he co-founded Health Nuts Media, which is now healthcare’s leading producer of health-related animation.

Jones also explained that animation can be used to depict scenarios or processes that may be difficult to capture through live-action video. “Animation can create an authentic connection with the audience in a way no other medium can. In animation, we suspend our disbelief and buy into the animated world. When we use animation and humor to make a more poignant point it can be really effective,” he said.

He also discussed the use of animation and video to promote health literacy. He referenced case studies that support the fact that people are more likely to retain information obtained by watching a video as opposed to a pamphlet, or even verbal instruction. “Both short-term knowledge and long-term retention is improved when health knowledge is obtained from watching a video,” he said.

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Animated videos allow for enhanced storytelling, which is another one of its unique benefits Jones noted. “We focus on is the storytelling and the message of why this is important. A lot of the successful patient education really is impactful on an emotional level,” he said.

Standout, impactful content is one of the reasons MDM Healthcare is proud to list Health Nuts Media as a content partner. MDM Healthcare’s innovative patient engagement platform, Journey PX, elevates the patient and care team experience through technology solutions. Solutions such as My Stay, which offers patients a substantial education library that covers an extensive list of medical conditions and medications. This resource, coupled with Journey PX’s integration with the EMR, provides hospital care teams with the ability to auto-assign education in an individualized manner in response to a patient’s unique set of needs.

Jones also touched on the fact that due to advances in technology, patients now can watch education after discharge, which is even more impactful when it comes to their retention.

Journey PX allows for video education that is assigned during the patient's stay to also be sent via text or email to the patient for viewing at home to reinforce learning. Journey PX can also embed individualized patient education in the patient’s portal for home viewing to aid in answering any questions the patient may have once they are home.

You can view more about Health Nuts Media, including some examples of their animation on their website.

Listen to the full podcast interview with Tim Jones below.

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Video has increasingly become a popular medium for education. The medium has proven to be an effective way to convey information and engage learners. In the healthcare industry, video education can be particularly useful for promoting health literacy. An article published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners states, “Patient-education needs to be a central priority in every patient encounter. The use of technology can convey complicated ideas by pictures, video, and multimedia, which transcend the spoken and written word and provide opportunities to bridge the divide of limited health literacy.”

Animation is a powerful tool in health videos, particularly when it comes to conveying complex ideas and improving the clarity and effectiveness of health videos. Animators can create visual aids that help to clarify and simplify health information. It also is a form of engaging content that can hold the attention of viewers and enhance their learning experience. Recently, MDM Healthcare Vice President of Clinical Excellence Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN sat down with Tim Jones, Emmy award-winning animator, CEO and Co-Founder of Health Nuts Media.

He explained that the use of video content to promote health literacy goes as far back as World War II when the U.S. Department of Defense commissioned artists such as legendary director Frank Capra and writer Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, to help them produce training videos for soldiers. “They decided to create these animated films to help these newly inducted soldiers understand the information that was going to help keep them alive. I find it interesting that in some way what I do today has been around for eighty or ninety years,” said Jones.

After a successful Hollywood career, including receiving an Emmy award, Jones became involved with animating content for the Starlight Foundation, who asked him to help produce animated videos for teens with cancer.

Screenshot 2023-01-06 123938

He explained that the impact these videos made was apparent after a young cancer survivor expressed that these videos helped her in her fight with the disease. Jones reflects on how powerful this moment was for his career. “I love animation, the storytelling, and the artistry but it was not until that moment that I realized the impact it had made. I thought it was for entertainment only and I really did not fully understand that it could be such an effective tool and make such a difference in people’s lives. So that is how I got started,” he said. In 2010, he co-founded Health Nuts Media, which is now healthcare’s leading producer of health-related animation.

Jones also explained that animation can be used to depict scenarios or processes that may be difficult to capture through live-action video. “Animation can create an authentic connection with the audience in a way no other medium can. In animation, we suspend our disbelief and buy into the animated world. When we use animation and humor to make a more poignant point it can be really effective,” he said.

He also discussed the use of animation and video to promote health literacy. He referenced case studies that support the fact that people are more likely to retain information obtained by watching a video as opposed to a pamphlet, or even verbal instruction. “Both short-term knowledge and long-term retention is improved when health knowledge is obtained from watching a video,” he said.

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Animated videos allow for enhanced storytelling, which is another one of its unique benefits Jones noted. “We focus on is the storytelling and the message of why this is important. A lot of the successful patient education really is impactful on an emotional level,” he said.

Standout, impactful content is one of the reasons MDM Healthcare is proud to list Health Nuts Media as a content partner. MDM Healthcare’s innovative patient engagement platform, Journey PX, elevates the patient and care team experience through technology solutions. Solutions such as My Stay, which offers patients a substantial education library that covers an extensive list of medical conditions and medications. This resource, coupled with Journey PX’s integration with the EMR, provides hospital care teams with the ability to auto-assign education in an individualized manner in response to a patient’s unique set of needs.

Jones also touched on the fact that due to advances in technology, patients now can watch education after discharge, which is even more impactful when it comes to their retention.

Journey PX allows for video education that is assigned during the patient's stay to also be sent via text or email to the patient for viewing at home to reinforce learning. Journey PX can also embed individualized patient education in the patient’s portal for home viewing to aid in answering any questions the patient may have once they are home.

You can view more about Health Nuts Media, including some examples of their animation on their website.

Listen to the full podcast interview with Tim Jones below.

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Written with contributing author Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, MDM Healthcare

Up to 45% of Americans do not fill prescriptions because of cost. Medication non-adherence annually leads to $100-$300B in excess morbidity and mortality. Not filling a medication prescription is considered primary non-adherence. There are many reasons that patients do not fill their medication. It could be a lack of medication understanding, insufficient funds, poor communication, limited health literacy, and even something as simple as an inability to get to the pharmacy. Because of these facts hospital discharge is a particularly important time. This is an opportunity to supply the patient with their needed prescriptions and have a pharmacist counsel them on the purpose and side effects. It is also a time for the patient to ask questions or voice concerns regarding lifestyle changes due to medication.

We recently interviewed Angela Brunemann, PharmD the Director of Business Development for a large pharmacy care services company that serves millions of Americans. Brunemann collaborated previously with Vice President of Clinical Excellence, at MDM Healthcare Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN to design and implement a patient engagement technology program for a large hospital system in Kentucky called Discharge Medication Delivery Service.

In her interview she discussed broadening the patient experience, patient engagement, and the use of technology in a hospital setting from a pharmacist's perspective, demonstrating the impact of the pharmacy’s role.

Brunemann emphasized the importance of touchpoints for patients. when she develops a plan of care. “Thinking about the patient experience as a whole, it encompasses every touchpoint we have with the patient. And a lot of people call those moments of truth because it's those touch points from the very beginning, that kind of set the stage for the patient, and then start to ask the question, okay, now how does pharmacy have an impact in that, because that's where we find new opportunities to impact patient experience” she said.

Brunemann stressed the importance of developing programs centered around patients’ needs and using technology developed around that information. She also stressed that the design of patient engagement technology is important. “We want technology to acclimate to the patient's environment. So it isn't generic, and it feels like it was almost like a concierge. This is your personal pharmacy technician,” she said. She also emphasized timing, personalization, and relevancy as key aspects of effective patient engagement technology.

Meds to Beds with JourneyPX

Journey PX has the ability to create a meds-to-beds program that is customized to the unique needs of hospitals. JourneyPX can integrate with the EMR and engage the patient at the bedside via prompts, medication education, and pharmacy information to drive medication health literacy. There are several features that would frame the program: Auto assignment of medication education upon medication order, Meds to Beds participation prompt, notification via text, email, or EMR to the pharmacy that the patient would like to participate in the meds to beds program, pharmacy medication counseling visit in person or virtual via video Connect.

Filling patient prescriptions in-house also keeps revenue in-house that would otherwise go elsewhere. Upon admission when the patient TV is turned on a prompt will appear asking the patient if they would like their medication prescriptions filled prior to discharge. Choices of “yes” or “no, thank you” are offered. If the patient chooses yes a thank you response appears and notifies the patient of the program process. Most often that a pharmacy representative will be in to speak with them. Some hospitals personalize these messages with staff photos and a time frame to expect a visit. If the patient chooses a no response they receive a message thanking them and letting them know that if they change their mind to let their nurse know and the pharmacy can be notified or they can find the meds to beds program under the patient services tab on the Journey PX My Stay home screen and opt in to participate there at any time during their stay. Once the prompt is received by the pharmacy a time would be scheduled to review the patient's discharge medications either in person or virtually. This scheduled time could appear on the patient’s My Day Today board (digital whiteboard). If virtual the patient could be alerted 15 minutes prior with a prompt via their TV to let them know they have a virtual visit scheduled and to be ready to take the call. Upon discharge, the medications are delivered to the patient’s room.

Throughout the patient's stay as medications are ordered by their physician in the EMR JourneyPX can auto assign corresponding medication education content to be sent to the patients in room MY Stay and My Day Today solution on their TV. A red badge alert will display in the My Education section alerting the patient that they have the education to view. In addition, when the medication is ordered the patient will also receive prompts to engage and encourage them to watch the education with the choices of “now” or” remind me later”. If they choose remind me later the prompt will reappear again at predetermined intervals until the education is completed. The completion and understanding response can then be documented back into the EMR.

Listen to the full podcast interview with Angela Brunemann, PharmD below.

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Written with contributing author Linda Robinson, MSN, CPXP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, MDM Healthcare

The Journey PX team is proud to support patients. Patients have powerful stories, some so powerful that they impact an entire community.

We recently sat down with Cathy “CHICK” Halloran, who made a promise to God during her battle with breast cancer that if her health were restored she would give back to other patients struggling with the same diagnosis. After surviving her battle with cancer she devoted herself to ensuring the promise she made would be kept, eventually creating the non-profit organization, Chicks & Chucks Inc in July of 2021. According to their website, Chicks & Chucks is a resource for breast cancer patients who require products and services in their battle and have little or no financial means to acquire what they need.

Cathy also discussed the powerful impact that patient experience can make. She returned to the Kentucky hospital where she received treatment, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, as a volunteer and eventually an employee. Cathy now runs the Women’s Health Boutique at St. Elizabeth in Edgewood, KY. The boutique offers an array of items for cancer patients, including wigs, bras, cream to help with radiation, and also fun gift items such as jewelry. The boutique is a unique example of how the patient experience can be enhanced inside the hospital to elevate the human experience, which is a core part of our mission at Journey PX.

There are several ways to donate to Chicks and Chucks, Inc. Donations are used for purchasing resource books, bras, prosthetics, and wigs for breast cancer patients. Donations can be made directly on their website here, or for those with an Amazon account, donations can be made by selecting Chicks and Chucks as the charity of choice in their Amazon Smile section.

You can hear more from Cathy in our PX Space podcast interview.

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We’re so inspired by this powerful story of patient-turned-activist Cathy Halloran. Journey PX is committed to patients, and bringing peace of mind to the patient experience. MDM Healthcare’s innovative Journey PX patient experience solution uses cloud technology configurations to deliver patient education and engagement tools.

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The Journey PX team is proud to support nurses. Our patient experience solutions save hospital care teams valuable time and steps by leaning down clinical workflows, automating the patient education process, offloading non-clinical tasks, and offering the capability of securely connecting via video in the patient’s room.

We are proud to support The DAISY Foundation, because of our mission to express gratitude to nurses. The DAISY Foundation is an organization devoted to saying “thank you” to nurses everywhere, by establishing a nurse recognition program, The DAISY Award is celebrated internationally in over 5,000 healthcare facilities and nursing schools. Our Journey PX platform supports the submission of DAISY nominations.

We recently hosted a special guest on our podcast PX Space, Bonnie Barnes, Co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. Bonnie discussed the importance of giving back to nurses by providing them with recognition for their extraordinary work. She also discussed the origins and future of The DAISY Foundation with nurse leader, Linda Robinson, the VP of Clinical Excellence at MDM Healthcare.

“We created the DAISY Award as a way for patients, families, and coworkers to share their stories of extraordinary compassionate care by nominating a nurse for the Daisy Award, which would be an ongoing program of recognition. There are now over 5,500 healthcare facilities and nursing schools and 33 countries committed to honoring nurses month in and month out with the DAISY Award,” said Barnes.

Journey PX’s partnership with The DAISY Foundation gives patients the ability to nominate nurses for a daisy award using their Journey PX platform right from their hospital bed, while their positive experience is still fresh in their minds.

The VP of Clinical Excellence at MDM Healthcare, Linda Robinson reflected on why this capability is so important.

“Our patient engagement solution is deployed via the smart TV in the patient's room and the patient uses their pillow speaker to navigate. Journey PX is integrated with the patient's electronic medical record and allows them to recognize their nurse for the exceptional care that they receive. It is very important to us that we have provided a way for our hospital clients to allow patients and families to recognize their nurses for the extraordinary compassionate care that they are delivering,” said Robinson.

Barnes explained why giving back to nurses is so important to the Foundation. “We have heard a million times from nurses in response to receiving the DAISY Award: I didn't do anything special. I was just doing my job. However, when you're on the receiving end of that care, it's special. Believe me, it is very special, and we need to share our gratitude because we certainly feel it,” she said.

You can hear more from Bonnie about The DAISY Foundation, in our PX Space podcast interview. View more information about The DAISY Foundation and support the cause on their website.

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