Unplanned hospital readmissions cost Medicare $17.4 billion a year, and as many as 76 percent of these events are preventable, says the Center for Technology and Aging, citing a 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Four types of technologies–three of them with strong mobile components–could cut the 30-day readmission rate, currently at about 18 percent, by a third, the Oakland, Calif.-based organization says in a new report.
Mobile technologies could help slash hospital readmission rates
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