Call9 Demos Technology Solution at Congressional Health Care Innovation Showcase

Call9, a telehealth pioneer for the nursing home industry, was selected to demo its proprietary data analytics and telemedicine platform at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Health Care Innovation Showcase on March 7 in Washington, DC. Call9’s solution delivers bedside acute care to patients in nursing homes by connecting on-site first responders and remote Emergency Medicine physicians, resulting in superior patient outcomes that prevent unnecessary and costly trips to the Emergency Department.

The Innovation Showcase was developed by the Health Care Innovation Caucus to give members of Congress and their staff exposure to the latest innovations happening in the healthcare industry. U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) founded the Innovation Caucus in 2018 to advance legislation that encourages innovation that improves the quality of care and lowers costs for consumers.

“As the healthcare system shifts to value-based care models that reward quality over quantity, opportunities like the Innovation Showcase are valuable in showing Congressional leaders how solutions like Call9 can improve access to care for a patient population that both needs and deserves it,” said Timothy C. Peck, MD, Call9’s Cofounder and CEO. “We are encouraged by the efforts of this Caucus and many others in Congress to advance bipartisan legislation that brings proven innovative technology solutions to Medicare beneficiaries.”

Call9 lent technical assistance to the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act, which was introduced in the last Congress and is expected to be reintroduced this month. The RUSH Act would improve access to care for patients in nursing homes by bringing emergency and critical care to the bedside of patients as opposed to bringing them to the Emergency Department.

Call9’s interdisciplinary approach both improves patient outcomes and quality of life while also reducing costs. With Call9’s solution, patients are able to be seen by physicians, be diagnosed, receive treatment and remain in their own nursing home bed when hospital trips are unnecessary, lowering hospitalizations by more than 50% in facilities that employ the service. Since its founding in 2015, Call9 has delivered life-changing care to thousands of patients, recording 130,000 first responder visits and more than 28,000 telemedicine visits.

About Call9

Call9 provides Emergency Medicine without brick and mortar limitations. Call9 humanizes telemedicine by connecting on-site, emergency-trained first responders to remote Emergency Medicine physicians, delivering care to patients at their bedside in nursing homes and rehabs. The company’s embedded care model approach is a replacement of 911 and subsequent hospitalizations and readmissions, lowering healthcare costs while improving care outcomes. Learn more at call9.com.

Coalition of support building in favor of the RUSH Act

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Every single day, thousands of elderly nursing home patients are subjected to disorienting and costly transfers to the Emergency Department for health challenges that could potentially be treated in place, if the resources were in place to do so.

Nearly one out of every five ambulance transfers to the ED come from nursing homes. These are often chronically ill, medically complex patients with acute medical needs. The chaos of the ambulance trip causes additional mental and physical distress. They arrive at the hospital alone and are forced to bear the burden of interacting with a new set of “clinical strangers” who are unfamiliar with their symptoms. They’re often put in beds in the hallway and left alone. Frail, vulnerable, elderly patients are simply ignored.

It doesn’t happen because clinicians don’t care or anyone wants these patients to be suffering the loneliness and isolation of the hallway ED, it happens because we have a system that’s broken. One area where politicians can and should be able to find common ground is value-based care arrangements, which have proven to be better for patient care and less costly for the healthcare system. 

Healthcare Outlook: How the Industry Will Trend and Transform in 2019

This past year was a transformative one for healthcare. From big tech’s entrance into the field to the rise of virtual care to Congress warming to reimbursing innovative care delivery models, the healthcare industry has started to see some significant shifts in the space. The importance placed on value-based care has also been a major driver for industry change for patients, providers and payers. The opportunity to improve patient outcomes while decreasing cost will drive the industry forward and help reshape legacy practices.

In a speech at an Alliance for Connected Care telehealth policy forum in November, CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Administrator Seema Verma spoke about how “relentless innovation is a crucial driver in creating value across all industries.” With that sentiment in mind, here are five trends that will impact the health tech landscape in 2019: