HealthTechZone features Loopback Analytics. Walgreens has partnered with Loopback Analytics to utilize the company’s SaaS solution as the platform for WellTransitions.
Walgreens WellTransitions is a program designed to connect the pharmacist with the healthcare provider to produce better patient outcomes.
Preventable hospital readmissions, according to American Medical News, cost the U.S. healthcare system over $25 billion annually.
WellTransitions provides bedside medication delivery for patients when they are discharged from the hospital. Pharmacists counsel patients regarding their medication regimens and work to improve communications between patients and their primary care providers.
Walgreens contacts patients nine days after medication delivery and then again 25 days after delivery. The follow-up ensures that patients have their questions answered, and the accountability keeps patients sticking with their medication regimens.
Preliminary studies show that program members are 40 percent less likely to require hospital readmission.
Walgreens has now partnered with Loopback Analytics to utilize the company’s SaaS solution as the platform for WellTransitions. Loopback Analytics coordinates data across a number of platforms so that providers can identify at-risk patients, prescribe the appropriate intervention and evaluate quality of care.
“Loopback’s technology helps us to manage patient interaction from admission to discharge, while making the process easier for patients, pharmacists and hospital staff,” said Walgreens VP of health systems operations, Joel Wright.
“By simplifying care transitions from the hospital to the home environment, the program can continue to drive positive results for hospitals while supporting our mission to help patients get, stay and live well.”
Two keys for avoiding hospital readmission, according to experts, include making sure patients understand how to take care of themselves and making sure that patients receive appropriate follow-up care after acute issues.
Counseling and intensive follow-up from a pharmacist may be a key component to making sure that patients follow their plans of care and that they continue taking medications over the long term.
In addition, primary care physicians who are caring for patients just released from the hospital should see high-risk patients within 48 hours and other patients within five days.