Patients who need to spend time in a post-acute care facility are often in medically complex situations which require specialized care. In these cases, timely and relevant patient information is imperative, especially patients with infectious diseases. Kindred Health Services has developed an antimicrobial stewardship program to provide best-in-class care to these vulnerable patients. Kindred looked for a solution to fill the information gaps, and also help them better coordinate with the infectious disease physicians to ensure their patients were managed effectively, while providing protections to other patients and community at large.
The lead pharmacist of Kindred’s Infectious Diseases initiative uses CareWeb to help bridge the gap between the care the patient received in the hospital and the care they receive at their facility. Often the patient brings with them information on paper, but Kindred uses CareWeb to complete the information patients bring and take away the burden from the patient. CareWeb helps informs Kindred which infectious disease physician is providing ongoing care to the patient, what cultures have been done and what medicines they are on and other pertinent medical history. All of this information is available ahead, or at, the time of the patient arriving at the facility.
Kindred also uses CareWeb to help them determine the most accurate stop date of antibiotics for a patient with an infectious disease. The length of time that a patient has been on antibiotics prior to arriving at Kindred can vary. Instead of relying on a general timeframe, Kindred can research specific to minimize the risk of complications related to antibiotic use.