During a pilot test of the risk scores for heart failure patients at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT, clinicians and support staff were able to achieve 8% in cost savings and appropriately route patients to cost-effective care pathways. In addition, patients experienced a 67% reduction in mortality with no increase in readmissions, and a 10% reduction in length of stay. (Evans RS, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2016;23:872-878.)
Clinicians also reported these benefits:
- Ability to quickly identify patients at high-risk of readmission
- Ability to tailor a higher quality treatment plan
- Minimal negative impact to workflow
- Helped improve workflow for nursing staff
These Intermountain risk tools have been validated in external populations and further validations are underway.