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March 15, 2016 08:00 ET

We Care Chooses AlayaCare's Clinical Documentation Software to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Readmissions by Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 15, 2016) - When machine learning, a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is applied to clinical data, it can predict negative health events, according to a new white paper released today by AlayaCare, a home healthcare software company for community care providers, and We Care, a home health care provider that is part of CBI Health Group (CBI). The white paper provides insight into the impact of technology and innovation on the home health care industry. Specifically, how machine learning, when integrated into remote patient monitoring, can have the potential to reduce hospital readmissions and emergency room visits.

"The transformational potential of machine learning in home healthcare is very promising," said Jonathan Vallee, Director of AlayaLabs (the research and development arm of AlayaCare software). "With the help of We Care, we have the ability to improve patient outcomes by analyzing incoming patient vitals and referencing against patient data. This means we can predict negative health events -- like hospital readmissions and ER visits -- with tremendous accuracy."

"With increasing demands on the healthcare system and constrained resources, providers like We Care need to find ways to improve the efficiency of home care services," said Anthony Milonas, Chief Operating Officer of Home Health with CBI Health Group. "Combining the clinical judgement of our healthcare professionals with the information provided by our remote monitoring service Re-Act, we are already improving client outcomes and our ability to serve remote communities. By adding machine learning algorithms with predictive ability, we can reduce negative health events even further. This technology has the potential to dramatically change home healthcare."

As more data becomes available, algorithms will be able to learn more complex patterns and continuously improve their predictions. Home health care is an underserved market, and the hope is that the We Care and AlayaCare relationship will help establish the required foundation for better technologies to transform the industry.

The research revealed machine learning could improve event predictions by 11% while reducing over-diagnoses by 54%. Moreover, machine learning in combination with 'Big Data' can deliver the following capabilities:

  • Risk scoring, which informs and provides insight to clinicians of possible adverse events such as falls, episodes, events and hospitalization (emergency) visits.
  • More accurate prediction of events.
  • Reduction of over diagnoses.
  • Improved patient ability to remain at home longer.

For these two progressive home health care companies, this initial study marks the start of a flourishing partnership. On November 8, 2015 at the CHCA Home Care Summit, CBI signed an agreement with AlayaCare to implement the Clinical Documentation module of the AlayaCare software. "This white paper is just the beginning," said Vallee. "We're taking home healthcare software to the next level."

Download the AlayaCare/We Care machine learning white paper here: http://www.alayacare.com/download-white-paper/

AlayaCare is a provider of revolutionary cloud-based home healthcare software. With Clinical Documentation, Back Office, Client and Family Portals, Remote Patient Monitoring, Telehealth and Mobile Care Worker functionality, AlayaCare offers a platform for agencies to propel towards innovation and home care of the future. For more information, visit www.AlayaCare.com

We Care Home Health Services is a leading national provider of home healthcare and support services and is part of the CBI Health Group (CBI) network. Founded in 1974, CBI employs almost 10,000 clinical and support staff that deliver comprehensive healthcare services through more than 250 facilities. Our services include community and hospital based rehabilitation centres, home health, neurodevelopmental treatment, independent assessments and workplace health and wellness solutions on behalf of individuals, third party funders and governments. By challenging the status quo and leading change we improve the health and enrich the lives of Canadians. For more information, visit www.CBI.ca

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