AudiaHealth’s LISTENUP! for health Reduces CHF Readmissions by 50%

Congestive Heart Failure Patient Clinical Study at Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC shows Interactive Voice Response System can reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates.

Online PR News – 07-June-2011 – – Congestive Heart Failure Patient Clinical Study at Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC shows Interactive Voice Response System Can Reduce 30-Day Readmissions

Charleston, SC (June 7, 2011) - AudiaHealth (www.audiahealth.com), a health education technology company announced today the completion of a clinical study using ListenUP! for health to determine if an interactive voice response system (IVRS) with daily self-management and clinical monitoring messages could reduce 30-day congestive heart failure (CHF) readmissions.
Results from the study demonstrated a 30-day “all-cause” readmission rate reduction of 50%, from 21% to 10%, p< 0.05. All patients required to follow up with their healthcare provider had called when their symptoms indicated a decline in health.
“Our experience with the clinical trials for the ListenUp product was a favorable one,” said Catherine Landis, Service Line Director, Heart and Vascular Center, Roper Hospital. “The system helped reinforce discharge instructions for our patients on issues such as medication, diet, and weight management in a manner that was easy for them to use. As a result, during the study timeframe, re-admissions were reduced by fifty percent.”
“My initial goal of ListenUP! for health was to demonstrate the importance of the patient and their family as part of the healthcare team. This study emphasizes the critical role of patient self-management across care settings for improved quality and lower cost healthcare solutions,” said Dr. Linda Austin, CEO of AudiaHealth.
About the Clinical Study
The clinical study was conducted at Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC using ListenUP! for health, a disease management program . Sixty patients with a primary diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF) were enrolled in the study. While in the hospital, patients were provided voiced educational messages about CHF. Post discharge the patients were provided daily voiced educational messages delivered by phone offering self-management tips and educating the patient to call their healthcare provider if their health was declining. At the end of each call, patients were asked to enter symptom data via their phone keypad. This information was remotely available to clinical staff. Staff followed up as needed to ensure the patient had called their healthcare provider. Hospital records were evaluated to determine baseline and study 30-day “all-cause” readmission rates.
About ListenUP! for health
ListenUP! for health interactive disease management programs inspire, educate and empower patients about their disease while collecting and monitoring daily clinical information. Voiced educational messages integrated into patients’ daily or weekly routine reinforce education and behavior change promoting skills to maintain health gains after monitoring has ended. The platform can be customized to allow interactive delivery communication for a variety of health and medical needs.

About AudiaHealth, LLC
Charleston, SC based AudiaHealth, LLC develops health education disease management programs to improve the quality of patient care at a low cost. Founded in 2008, the design and content of the company’s solutions reflect the principles of adult learning and the psychology of health behavior that is well documented in medical literature. AudiaHealth’s offerings are used by healthcare providers who serve chronically ill patients, to educate, engage and empower patients to self-manage their condition through simple and easy to use technologies for improved outcomes.

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Linda Austin, MD
AudiaHealth
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Charleston SC, 29403

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