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Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital Begins Using SeamlessMD to Enhance the Patient Experience After Surgery

Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John’s Hospital is the first cardiac center in the United States to implement SeamlessMD’s patient engagement and quality improvement technology to improve the patient experience and health outcomes. SeamlessMD standardizes the cardiac enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway, and helps with future bundled payment initiatives by reducing mortality, readmission rates and costs.
Prairie chose to partner with SeamlessMD to deliver and manage its cardiac ERAS program for major heart surgery. With SeamlessMD, patients are guided from preparation through through recovery via their smartphone, tablet and computer. Patients receive reminders, access interactive education, track compliance with ERAS milestones and report warning signs (i.e. pain scores, signs of infection, etc.).
The SeamlessMD platform keeps patients on-track with their care plan, collects patient-reported outcomes for compliance tracking, provides remote monitoring solutions for an integrated, proactive workflow, and generates reports in real-time for quality improvement.
So far more than 100 patients at Prairie have used SeamlessMD with outstanding results.
“This was a very good learning tool,” said patient Allan Hopper. “If there was a concern, you got an immediate response. That took all of the anxiety right out of it.”
In addition, Prairie’s patients now have a personalized connection to the care team. Prairie’s care team used the SeamlessMD platform to monitor patient progress remotely and provide immediate feedback to patients at risk of complications or readmissions. This added layer of support has provided confidence to patients to recover safely at home instead of at a nursing or rehab facility, which is often unnecessary.
“The feedback we have received from our team, our patients and their families has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dr. Gregory Mishkel, executive medical director of the Prairie Heart Institute.  “With our commitment to providing the highest quality care and the advent of bundled care on the horizon, we look forward to tracking our progress with SeamlessMD.”
Hear more from one of our patients in this video.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org
About Prairie Heart Institute
Prairie Heart Institute is a specialty cardiovascular center at HSHS St. John’s. The care patients receive at Prairie goes far beyond technical excellence as its founding principles follow the motto: “Quality, Compassionate, Personal Care.” Prairie’s mission “To optimally serve our patients and their physicians in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease with compassion and dignity, assurance of quality, research and education” is upheld every day. For more information about the Prairie Heart Institute, please visit thedoctorsofprairie.com/ and for more information about HSHS St. John’s, please visit: www.st-johns.org/

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