The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the nation’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at over 1,200 health care facilities, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. The TeleCare Companion Contract seeks to utilize technology solutions to improve patient safety and facilitate patient care by centralizing monitoring of patients who require continuous observation.
Contract Number – 3677621D0023
Period of Performance – 1 Base year with 4 option years (8/10/2021)
DUNS – 117238800
Cage Code – 8FB37
HOW REMOTE VIDEO MONITORING IMPROVES SAFETY AND REDUCES COST
Patient falls are among the leading causes of increased morbidity and mortality in hospitals and healthcare systems. In U.S. hospitals, patient falls are the highest reported adverse event with approximately 1 million patient falls occurring annually, responsible for 11,000 deaths and up to $50 billion in costs per year. In response, many facilities implemented the use of physical patient sitters, or Care Companions, as a fall prevention practice. However, evidence is low that sitters reduce falls. Furthermore, the burden mostly lies on hospitals to provide sitters on demand and in crucial safety situations, amidst a varying census. This can present patient triaging and staffing challenges for facilities to manage. Rising sitter costs, immediate safety demands, and lack of evidence reveal the need for a more comprehensive, consistent, ready, and available solution.
Remote video monitoring (RVM) emerged to increase visibility of patients in a 24/7 environment. Data shows that the right RVM solution can significantly reduce falls and sitter hours resulting in a substantial return on investment.