In an article published by Chicago Tribune
Lutheran General has been using the Twistle app with patients undergoing colon and rectal surgeries since March as part of a larger team-based care effort. Like Amita, it’s seen encouraging results. Readmissions among colon and rectal surgery patients dropped from 14.5 percent in 2015 to 5 percent after March 2016. About 160 Advocate Lutheran patients are now using the app and the hospital plans to soon expand its use, said Flo Kiokemeister, a nurse at the hospital and project manager of the larger effort.
“We’ve been able to cut down on our readmission rate because these patients have problems that are identified sooner,” said Dr. John Park, chief of the division of colon and rectal surgery at the hospital.
Reducing readmission rates can help hospitals and patients save money, said Jodi Rosen, director of innovation at Northwestern Medicine. Hospitals with too many readmissions can face financial penalties under Obamacare.