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Using Automation to Power Hospital Discharge Planning


Repisodic powers incredible patient care transitions with automation to greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the discharge planning process, reduce the workload of healthcare professionals, and enhance the overall patient experience.

Discharge planning is the process of preparing a patient for their transition from a hospital or other healthcare facility to their home or another care facility. It involves coordinating various aspects of the patient’s care, including their medical treatment, medications, follow-up appointments, and any necessary home healthcare services. Given that so much of the discharge process is similar and repeatable for most patients, a lot of the work done by case managers and other workers today manually can be automated through technology.  At Repisodic, we have been automating the more manual processes of discharge for years.  With new capabilities and open access points into EHRs and a willingness of the market to fully embrace automation, we believe there is even greater potential and benefits to utilizing automation through technology in the patient discharge process for care transitions.

One key benefit of using automation in discharge planning is that it can help reduce the time and effort required to develop and implement a discharge plan.  Automated systems can streamline many of the routine tasks involved in discharge planning, such as gathering and organizing information, scheduling appointments, and coordination with other healthcare providers to focus on more complex or high-priority tasks, such as providing personalized care and support to patients.  

For example, automation can be particularly useful in the creation of discharge summaries. These summaries provide important information about a patient’s medical history, treatment, and follow-up care plans, and are used by healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care. Automated systems can quickly and accurately gather information from electronic medical records and other sources, and use natural language processing to generate clear and concise summaries. Automated systems can help to ensure that all the necessary information is collected and considered when developing a discharge summary, and that the plan is based on the latest evidence-based guidelines and best practices.  This can help reduce the risk of errors or omissions, and can help to ensure that patients receive the right level of care and support after they are discharged from a healthcare facility.

In addition, using automation in discharge planning can help to enhance the patient experience by providing patients with more timely and convenient access to the information and support they need.  For example, automated systems can help to provide patients with easy-to-use online portals where they can access their discharge plan, track their progress, and communicate with their healthcare providers.  This can help to empower patients and give them more control over their own care, which can improve their satisfaction and overall health outcomes.

Automation can also be used to assist with medication management. By utilizing computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, healthcare providers can quickly and accurately enter medication orders and check for potential interactions or contraindications. This can help to prevent medication errors and ensure that patients receive the correct medications at the right time.

Another area where automation can be beneficial is in the scheduling and coordination of follow-up appointments and home healthcare services. Automated systems can send reminders to patients, schedule appointments with providers, and coordinate transportation and other logistics. This can help to ensure that patients receive timely follow-up care and that their transition back to their home is as smooth as possible.  As an example, automation can be used to improve the communication between healthcare providers and patients. For example, automated systems can be used to send text or email reminders of appointments, medication schedules, and other important information. This can help to improve patient engagement and compliance with care plans.

Overall, the use of automation in discharge planning has the potential to greatly improve the efficiency, accuracy, safety and patient experience of the process. It can also help to reduce the workload of healthcare professionals, allowing them to focus on providing direct patient care.  By leveraging the power of technology, healthcare providers can better support patients as they transition from the hospital to their daily lives, and can help to ensure that they receive the right level of care and support to recover and thrive.  At Repisodic, we believe that using automation to power incredible patient discharges is the future of care transitions.