Assistant VP of Clinical Informatics at Avera Health integrates a communication platform with the EHR to improve discharge time.
By integrating Voalte Platform with the EHR, Avera Health improved discharge time by sending discharge orders directly to the care teams’ smartphones. Pre-integration, average time to discharge was 3 hours, 22 minutes. Post-integration, average time to discharge dropped to 2 hours, 57 minutes, for a savings of 25 minutes per patient. With 25,917 annual discharges, and the cost of an empty bed estimated at $167 per hour, the annual savings adds up to $1.8 million.
“Once a discharge order is entered into the EHR, Voalte Platform leverages Connexall middleware to simultaneously send it to the unit, charge and bedside nurses, pharmacist and pharmacy tech, respiratory therapy, case management, and social workers.”
Candice Friestad, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, Assistant VP of Clinical Informatics