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Oschner reduces hospital readmissions with connected weight scale

Iain Morris
November 19, 2014

Not-for-profit healthcare provider Ochsner Health System says it has been able to reduce readmissions of heart failure patients by 40% through use of a connected weight scale developed by Carematix.

The New Orleans healthcare provider launched its program in February when more than 100 heart failure patients were sent home with a Carematix (Chicago, IL, USA) scale that was able to send daily readings to the electronic health records system.

Patients were monitored and medications were adjusted accordingly, says Ochsner (New Orleans, LA, USA).

“The results have been encouraging with higher levels of patient engagement in their care and readmissions cut by 40%,” said Richard Milani, the chief clinical transformation officer at Ochsner.

Carematix says the results of the program offer evidence of the benefits of its remote monitoring technology.

“The results of this program are a validation that our chronic care monitoring solutions have matured to the point where the technology and the supporting infrastructure have become reliable and affordable enough to directly impact readmissions,” said Sukhwant Khanuja, Carematix’s chief executive.

The scale developed by Carematix is available for $99 and the company claims it is currently the only Wi-Fi-enabled scale with multiple user controls, including a “Guest” button.

Carematix further claims it is the only weight scale that measures “balance” and will track the patient’s equilibrium on an ongoing basis.
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