To assist the quality and efficient care of patients and community members, a group of social workers and other Thompson Health associates developed a unique Web site system. The Bed Exchange Data System or BEDS Web site (www.bedsny.com) was created in a coordinated community effort led by Thompson Health to facilitate the transition of patients to nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult homes, medical adult day programs and home care agencies in the Finger Lakes/Greater Rochester, New York, region. There are currently 60 agencies and facilities spanning nine counties using the BEDS Web site. These include nursing homes, adult homes, assisted living facilities, local government agencies, retirement communities, and home care agencies. This innovative initiative has resulted in cost savings. Associates who created the Web site estimated that prior to BEDS, social workers might have made as many as 20 calls to locate an available skilled nursing facility bed for a patient with annual cost to Thompson of approximately $10,010.
Bed Exchange Data System Mary Savastano Long-Term Living; Oct 2009; 58, 10; Docstoc pg. 54 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Fu
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