Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Post-Acute Care Transitions
2010 | Download
The recent focus on improving postacute care transitions (the process by which a patient moves from hospital to home or other settings) is being driven by an interest in reducing re-hospitalizations. The United States has an 18% rate of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge—and as many as 76% of these are preventable.
Patients that do receive care after being discharged from a hospital often experience care that is fragmented and uncoordinated, which results in duplication of services, inappropriate or conflicting care recommendations, medication errors, patient/caregiver distress, and higher costs of care.
Created by PHI's Center for Technology and Aging, this fact sheet highlights Post-Acute Care Transitions (PACT) Technologies, which can potentially lead to more effective transitions of care by improving medication adherence, medication reconciliation, patient monitoring, communications between and among clinicians, patients, and informal caregivers, risk assessment, and other important aspects of care transitions.