Benefits of working with Infectious Disease Connect’s ID specialists include:

  • Patient retention vs. patient transfer to tertiary facilities; enhanced patient revenue and improved patient care quality
  • Documented savings from ID consultations and Antimicrobial Stewardship:
    • Lower 30-day mortality, fewer readmissions, and decreased hospital/ICU days
    • Use of narrower, more effective antibiotics for a shorter duration
    • Fiscal savings to smaller hospitals implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship solution, consistently demonstrated annual hospital savings of $200,000 to $400,000
    • Reducing high-risk antibiotic utilization by 30% and reduction in C. Difficile infection by 26% in hospitals
    • Reduction in length of stay by as many as 3 days
    • Improves satisfaction of physicians, pharmacists, and staff

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Savings

Reduced patient transfers to tertiary facilities, reduced infections, reduced readmissions, and narrower antibiotic use

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People

Improved patient care, physician satisfaction, and facility reputation

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Risks

Eliminated inaccurate diagnosis and treatment, reduced health care-associated infections, avoids penalties and negative impacts of regulatory non-compliance

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Outcomes

Decreased antibiotic misuse, improved infection-related morbidity and mortality, and reduced health care-associated infections

The cost of health care-associated infections (HAIs) to hospitals ranges from $35B to $45B

12 Million people are misdiagnosed every year

1 in 25 patients acquires an HAI every day

Only 49% of small hospitals meet the CDC’s core elements for ASP programs

Up to 50% of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary

National Shortage of ID Specialists

There is a national shortage of Infectious Disease (ID) physicians at a time when the demand for ID expertise is higher than ever and crucial in terms of lowering avoidable risks and complex costs, and increasing compliance with regulatory requirements.

A recent article in JAMA supports this, listing ID specialists second behind only Nephrologists in a study of the complexity of the patients consulted by physician type.

 

Telemedicine + Value-Based Care

Delivering health care services through telemedicine supports value-based care initiatives as payers and providers transition away from fee-for-service and look to telehealth to provide low-cost access to convenient care with the potential to improve both clinical and financial outcomes.

Documented Benefits According to the CDC

  • ID consultations lower 30-day mortality, reduce readmissions, and decrease hospital/ICU days
  • Health care-associated infections (HAIs) affect 5-10% of patients
  • Cost estimates of HAIs are $35-$45B annually.
  • HAIs are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. As the population ages, the frequency of fatal infections is expected to increase

 

Supports Accreditation

Antimicrobial Stewardship standards are increasing interest in ID specialty services and the benefits such services provide to hospitals. Both TJC and CMS permit telemedicine solutions as part of Antimicrobial Stewardship programs.

Infectious Disease Connect has been successfully utilizing telemedicine to bring ID specialty services to hospitals since 2013 and today services facilities ranging from 20 to nearly 400 beds.

Infectious Disease Connect brings a team of world-class ID Specialists to your patients in a cost effective manner, bringing this much needed specialty to your facility initially or as a back fill or augmentation to existing staff.

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