HealthDay News — According to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Management 2017 meeting in Grapevine, TX, a smartphone app developed as part of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) program is associated with shorter length of stay after cesarean section.

Attila Kett, MD, from Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, and colleagues developed a smartphone application to engage and empower the obstetric patient population using the PSH model of care. 

The program offered a wide range of capabilities, including a cross-platform application accommodating patient education, reminders and remote monitoring. 

The app reminded the women of appointments, provided pre-surgery information and facilitated post-surgery health checks. Thirty patients scheduled for cesarean section were enrolled in the study.

The researchers observed a reduction in the average length of stay from 3.7 to 2.7 days. The financial model was adjusted based on local context; with an implementation cost of $48.00 and daily direct variable cost savings of $1516, the introduction of the program would yield a 216% return on investment during the first year. In subsequent years, return would increase to 282%.

“The app empowers women by putting them in control of their health care needs,” Kett said in a statement.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital partnered with SeamlessMD, a provider of clinical intelligence platforms, to develop the smartphone application.

Reference

App Helps C-Section Patients Reduce Length of Hospital Stay after Delivery [press release]. Grapevine, TX: American Society of Anesthesiologists; January 26, 2017.

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