SmartControl is a utilization control solution that curtails excessive emergency department (ED) use by means of automating case manager workflows and care team communication. SmartControl includes and builds upon the SmartContact™ system.
ED “Super Users" are those who visit an ED more than 10 times in a year. They are a mix of medically complex, psychologically fragile, and alcohol/narcotic dependent patients as well as those with non-urgent complaints that use the ED for convenience. Super Users comprise 1% of patients and 5% of annual visits in a typical ED.
CLICK HERE to view to view a 2017 IHI poster demonstrating how SmartControl was applied to controlling Super User visits at a high volume ED.
CLICK HERE for evidence that SmartControl‘s utilization control methodology saves $6,100 per Super User.
- Example: A 50K annual volume ED generally cares for 25K unique patients and 250 Super Users. This correlates to a $1.5 million cost savings opportunity for a $100K investment — $50K subscription and $50K salary/benefits for a half-time ED case manager. Maximal success requires a multidisciplinary team (the care network) committed to following care plans, motivating patients to adhere to medical advice, and providing access to a medical home.
The hyperlinked blog articles below from EngagingPatients.org were written by Dr. Scaletta, SmartER’s President and discuss utilization control programs that compliment SmartControl.
SmartControl integrates with any EMR, identifies care plan candidates and organizes the patient’s designated care network (i.e., PCP, specialist, psychologist, social worker and/or family caregiver). Care plan templates are available for the most common conditions.
With SmartControl in place, whenever an enrolled patient visits the ED automated notifications are sent to the patient’s care network so that each member is made aware and csn relay necessary care plan modifications to the case manager.
Enrolled patients may be contacted via VoIP, SMS and email gateways and directed to a survey portal in their native language. Using a computer, tablet or smart phone, each may complete a brief wellbeing check. Additionally, an embedded callback module is available for the case manager to reach patients by telephone.
Tracking analytics report acceleration and deceleration of visit frequency and identify care plan candidates and success stories. Savings related to decreasing unnecessary emergency department visits and hospital admissions is calculated.
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