|Geisinger is now encouraging hip- and knee-surgery patients at eight of its hospitals to speak with their care teams regularly—if not daily—through a web and mobile app. This remote, virtual supervision allows the health system to discharge more patients home after surgery, rather than to post-acute care facilities. Using the app, Geisinger patients can access detailed care plans, including videos demonstrating post-operative exercises, and check in with the health system’s nurse navigators. Since kicking off the program, Geisinger’s skilled-nursing facility utilization has dropped 20 percent for hip- and knee-surgery patients and its inpatient rehabilitation facility utilization is down 55 percent.|
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