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How Saratoga Hospital leveraged patient monitoring to reduce transfers to ICU by 63%

October 24, 2018 / Bill Siwicki

For many hospitals, the shift to value-based care is adding pressure to deliver quality care and achieve the best clinical outcomes while reducing costs. Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York, was one such hospital facing these challenges as they tried to adapt to delivering higher quality, accessible and affordable care to aging populations with increasing incidences of chronic diseases. In New York State alone, more than 40 percent of adults suffer from a chronic disease, which is responsible for 23 percent of its hospitalizations, according to state data. That high number often makes for a hectic, overcrowded general ward. In these scenarios, it is often difficult for caregivers to determine which patients are at the greatest risk of having an unexpected serious adverse event such as cardiac arrest.