Post-acute patients who enter nursing homes and do not see a physician, are 2x more likely to either be rehospitalized or to die within the first 30 days of post-acute care. The rehospitalization rate is 28%, and death rate is 14% for those who do not see a physician, but 14% and 7% for those who do receive follow up care. However, 10% of post-acute patients who are admitted to nursing homes never see a physician during their stay and the median stay for these patients is just 11 days.
As the post-COVID world is embracing telemedicine in all areas of healthcare, it’s vital to nursing home staff and their patients that these facilities are also able to incorporate telemedicine into their daily operations and patient care.
Telemedicine in nursing homes means that every nursing home, regardless of size or location, can have access to physicians to treat their patients. This means that the vast majority of health issues (83%) can be treated in house, with physicians and nursing home staff coordinating care.
Telemedicine in nursing homes means less hospitalization, lower death rates, and overall better medical outcomes.
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