Researchers at the University of Cincinnati received a grant of $600,000 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation for a program to lower hospital re-admissions and improve the quality of community healthcare.
Getting discharged from the hospital and then having to go right back in again can be emotionally draining for a patient and their family. Approximately 2.6 million seniors discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days at a cost of over 26 billion from American taxpayers annually. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that re-admissions could be lowered at a rate of at least 20%, if high-risk patients received counseling and medication management from a pharmacist in a community pharmacy.
Hospitals and pharmacies do not have an efficient and accurate way to communicate, and a lot of miscommunication happened after a patient was discharged.
Researchers in the program at the University of Cincinnati have responsibilities such as:
- Implementing the technology necessary to allow hospitals to communicate patient information to pharmacists
- Train pharmacists on the counseling protocol
- Analyze outcomes
The trained pharmacists in the program have a variety of things to do to improve care such as reviewing medications for:
- Drug Interactions
- Side Effects
- Other common problems
The program has been expanded to several different hospitals and several different pharmacies across the Cincinnati area. Researchers in the program focus on patients with complex disease states, such as:
- Heart failure
- Myocardial Infarction
For those patients, medications are often discontinued, added, or changed during their hospital stay and many patients do not fully understand the directions they receive upon discharge. It is very helpful to review discharge instructions with patients a few days after discharge at the community pharmacy to help them understand all the changes that were made. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati hope to be able to impact more patients on a larger scale and improve the quality of healthcare in Cincinnati.
Numerous programs across the university are nationally ranked. Those research programs at the University of Cincinnati help attract more than $500 million in research funding from both federal and private supports each year. In 2013, the University of Cincinnati received more than $65 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health and more than $27 million in 2014.
The University of Cincinnati is also a friendly professional laboratory supply marketplace. Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. is providing an excellent opportunity for laboratory supply companies to get connected with such a richly funded research market at the 13th Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at the University of Cincinnati on August 6th 2014.
Last year, the BioResearch Product Faire™ event at the University of Cincinnati attracted 158 attendees. Of these attendees:
- 36 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs.
- 28 were lab managers.
- All were active research hands
- Attendees came from 23 different research buildings and 27 on-campus departments.
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