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Pharmacy OneSource Announces Free Webinar on Reducing Readmissions

02-02-2011 11:53 AM CET | Health & Medicine

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Examining pharmacy strategies to reduce preventable readmissions
 
Bellevue, WA – Pharmacy OneSource, software-as-a-service provider of Sentri7, the real-time patient surveillance system, is pleased to announce a complimentary webinar presented by Steve Riddle, BS Pharm, BCPS, FASHP, in "Locking the Revolving Door of Readmissions: The Pharmacists Role in Keeping Patients Healthy, Happy and At Home."

Hospitals' avoidable readmission rates have come under close scrutiny by payers and policymakers because of the potential of high savings associated with them. According to a recent study, unplanned readmissions cost Medicare $17.4 billion in 2004. The study found that 20 percent of Medicare fee-for-service patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge. In addition to having financial implications, avoidable readmissions are increasingly viewed as a quality issue by payers, health care organizations, and patients, with some research showing that readmission rates may be correlated with quality of care.

Tackling the issue of preventable readmissions will require improving care coordination between inpatient and outpatient care providers, engaging and educating the patient to manage their own care, expanding the use of technology to facilitate patient identification, risk stratification and to support care processes. While clearly a multidisciplinary effort, pharmacists can play important roles in reducing readmissions via provision of medication education and chronic disease management, medication reconciliation and ensuring use of evidence-based therapies.

Locking the Revolving Door of Readmissions: The Pharmacists Role in Keeping Patients Healthy, Happy and At Home
DATE: Wednesday, February 16, 2010
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
WHERE: http://www.pharmacyonesource.com/webinars

About the Presenter: Steve Riddle, BS Pharm, BCPS, FASHP, currently serves as the VP of Clinical Affairs for Pharmacy OneSource. In this position he acts as a liaison between the company and the healthcare profession and guides product development to meet future trends in the health care market. Riddle is a representative for the ACCP on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), serves on the CMS-appointed Hospital Outpatient Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel and is a member of the ASHP Quality Improvement Initiative Expert Panel. He has 24 years of pharmacy experience in a variety of clinical practice settings, including internal medicine, critical care, bone marrow transplant, renal transplant and acute and chronic cardiovascular care management. Riddle is a clinical assistant professor at the University Of Washington School Of Pharmacy and received his Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) in 2010. Riddle was named a Fellow of ASHP in 2009 and received the WSPA Distinguished Leadership award in 2008 and the WSPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice award in 2004.

About Pharmacy OneSource (www.pharmacyonesource.com)
Pharmacy OneSource is healthcare’s #1 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider. Our more than 100 innovative team members provide best-in-class, SaaS solutions to current and future challenges within health-systems worldwide. Our SaaS solutions contribute to swift and safe healthcare through earlier, easier and better access to data. More than 1,300 healthcare organizations worldwide utilize our HIPAA compliant web-based services: Accupedia, Amplifi, MedBoard, Quantifi, ScheduleRx, Sentri7, Simplifi 797, and VeriForm.

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3535 Factoria Blvd. SE #440
Bellevue, WA 98006

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