Press Release

University Health Care System Partners with PeraHealth to Enhance Physician-Nurse Communication, Patient Safety

Augusta, Ga., health system to use PeraHealth’s Rothman Index to automatically interpret EHR data in real time

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 7, 2015 – University Health Care System (UHCS) will access PeraHealth’s real-time clinical surveillance software to enhance clinician communication and more quickly detect serious health issues.

“University takes great pride in insisting our patients have access to state-of-the-art technology that helps create a safer, higher quality and more efficient health care experience,” said University Health Care System President & CEO James R. Davis. “With our use of PeraHealth software, we will continue to lead the way as the region’s health resource. This is another example of University fulfilling our mission to improve the health of those we serve.”

Powered by the Rothman Index™, a disease-agnostic universal score for predicting patient readmission and mortality risk, PeraHealth solutions offer a clear depiction of a patient’s overall condition trended over time and can alert clinicians to subtle life-threatening health problems.

Rothman Index scores are automatically pulled and computed from any electronic health record (EHR) system, with no additional manual data entry required for nurses or other staff.

According to University’s Vice President of Care Transformation Stephen Gooden, M.D., “We believe PeraHealth solutions will further promote collaboration among our care teams around the best ways to prioritize care services across shifts, units and departments.”

University Health Care System is one of the largest and most comprehensive care providers in Georgia, serving a 25-county region in Georgia and South Carolina. Anchored by the 581-bed community, not-for-profit University Hospital, University has a long history of delivering the highest quality care in the region, to include heart, vascular, orthopaedic, spine and women’s services.

“Care providers today are inundated with data, but many lack the resources to translate that data into meaningful information,” said PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander. “PeraHealth solutions make patient data actionable by alerting clinicians earlier to potential patient deterioration to facilitate conversations about the right place and time for treatment. We’re thrilled to assist University Health Care System in improving the health of the communities the system serves.”

Peer-reviewed research shows the Rothman Index helps clinicians detect declining patient conditions earlier with significantly fewer false positives, and reduce rates of unplanned readmissions.

Clinicians also use PeraHealth solutions:

  • To remotely monitor patients across multiple care settings for preemptive rapid response team intervention.
  • For chronic disease management to determine when to discharge patients and predict readmission risk.
  • During daily interdisciplinary rounds to prioritize patient bedside visits for ICU optimization.
  • To facilitate conversations and make recommendations about palliative care use.

About University Health System

Owned by the people of Bexar County, UHS is a nationally recognized academic medical center. In partnership with UT Medicine San Antonio, the practice plan of The University of Texas Health Science Center, it is consistently recognized as a leader in advanced treatment options, new technologies and clinical research. UHS is Bexar County and South Texas’ first and only health system to earn Magnet status. Magnet hospitals and health systems offer patients reassurance they are being cared for by a team with a proven track record for providing excellent care and positive outcomes for their patients. For more information, visit