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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Expanding Home Health Services
03/26/2012

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Providing post-acute hospital care in the home is a critical part of the continuum of care. Competent, caring home health professionals can provide short-term care that helps the patient recover after discharge from the hospital. Providing the right home health services at the right time can significantly decrease the risk of readmission to the hospital.

Texas Health has an expansive vision for the future of home health care. We envision a variety of services, tailored for the specific needs of individual patients to help them get well, stay well and stay out of the hospital.

Home health programs could, for example, include transition services that help the patient receive innovative well-being services that proactively manage patients outside of the clinical environment.

Technology will play a major role in keeping patients out of the hospital. Texas Health is piloting a program to explore how remote tele-monitoring technology can help reduce hospital readmission in patients with congestive heart failure. Preliminary results indicate positive patient feedback and reduced readmissions.

The goal of home health services is to help people live an enjoyable, abundant, healthy life — and stay out of the hospital.

For our faith-based family of health care — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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