Technologists are hard at work on the hand-off challenge for patients being transferred, say, from a hospital to a nursing home. The trick is to make sure that their records are promptly transferred, too.
“The whole process is inefficient and fraught with possibilities for errors,” Eric Chetwynd, director of product strategy at Newton-based Curaspan Health Group Inc., told The Boston Globe. His company’s technology “tracks patients as they move from hospitals into other facilities, and also streamlines payments, referrals, and transportation.”
He told The Globe:
“Recently my mother had hip-replacement surgery and had a number of glitches as she got ready to go to a rehab facility. The first was getting a doctor to sign off in a timely matter; then her ride was late because of rush hour. Finally, her medication was not in the dispensary when she finally did arrive. These gaps happen all the time, but Curaspan is alleviating a lot of these challenges by facilitating communication and eliminating the failure points.”