Health Data Management reports that London hospitals have started seeing cost-savings for end-of-life through the adoption of cloud-based service Coordinate My Care (CMC). The service ensures that doctors, nurses, social workers, and other service providers all have access to a patients’ end-of-life clinical care needs and care plans.
CMC is helping solve a problem still vexing the healthcare industry of the United States: how to improve information-sharing across all providers on the care continuum, particularly at end-of-life. According to CMC clinical lead Julia Riley, the service has helped make sure patients’ final wishes are heard and respected. As a result, patients receive only the care they desire.
This has led to improved care for patients and lowered costs to providers. Riley says that so far, 79 percent of CMC patients who have died have done so where they wanted to die. Only 17 percent died in the hospital, compared with 59 percent of patients overall.
While the sample size of 25,000 patients is small, the results are hard to ignore: Since its inception in 2012, the program has saved the British National Health Service the equivalent of $35 million in U.S. dollars.