Telehealth Initiative to Help Palliative Care Leader’s Efforts to Improve Care Coordination and Symptom Management
Avizia, the only telehealth cloud platform that can securely connect all the people, processes and technology involved in virtual care, is proud to be selected by Arizona Palliative Home Care (AZPHC) as its Virtual Visit partner. AZPHC, a pioneer in palliative care services, offers people with late-stage chronic illness a way to stay at home with the support of medical professionals who coordinate care along with the patients’ doctors.
“We are successful in keeping patients in the comfort of their own homes, because we continually look at ways to improve the access they have to our medical professionals,” says Lee Ann Black, director of development/strategic planning at Arizona Palliative Home Care. “Virtual visits are a natural complement to our home visits. Our physicians and nurse practitioners can schedule additional check-ins, or be brought in for a consult during a visit by a social worker, aide, or chaplain.”
AZPHC polled patients and their families about the virtual visits and nearly 90% responded that they liked the technology and would like to continue.
“This technology also allows families to be more involved in care for their loved ones,” adds Black. “They feel more connected and in-control when they join our care team and their loved one on the secure virtual platform.”
AZPHC is always focused on reducing trips to the emergency room and avoiding hospitalization, which greatly reduces the cost of healthcare for a high risk population.
“We did a study with a payor and looked at 266 patient hospitalizations before and after our care,” Black said. “We were able to reduce readmissions 57% with virtual visits complementing our in home visits and with Avizia we hope to continue that success and exceed those numbers.”
“Arizona Palliative Home Care is on the cutting edge of healthcare,” says Shahram Partovi, MD. “They continue to lead the way in palliative care, and are now pioneering new ways to improve outcomes and cost with telemedicine.”
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