Inspiration

Patients discharged with sepsis have the highest rate of readmission (23%), yet 42% of these readmissions are believed to be preventable. 1.5M people are infected with sepsis a year, and the annual cost of sepsis readmissions is estimated to be $2.9B.

What it does

A multi-modal platform that monitors adult sepsis patients discharged home that reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates. We deliver targeted educational content to the patient and/or their caregiver, while collecting critical real-time information about patient health. This patient reported data is used to suggest follow-up visit with PCP or earlier readmission. In case of serious issues, we notify hospital sepsis coordinators on the patient’s health.

How we built it

Insights, experiences, some haggling, and a liberal dollop of inspiration

Challenges we ran into

We had challenges around the patient experience and provider experience. On the patient experience side, we considered how to overcome the engagement problems other companies have experienced with our target patient population. We considered also wearables, but could not find a viable business model for it. On the provider side, we considered what interface might be used, the initial interaction point, the escalation process for notification and action, and the compliance requirements.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Working with an awesome team with different backgrounds to create a solution to one of the US healthcare systems most expensive and deadly diseases.

What we learned

Calculated potential market revenue of $825 million from preventing readmissions, saving patient lives, and improving outcomes. Total market for sepsis related costs is $24-26 billion.
How to apply our skills and experience to operationalize healthcare solutions for patients.

What's next for Sepsis Readmission Reduction

Trialing this with a hospital that has high rates of sepsis readmission and morbidity.

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