UPMC venture aims to reduce unnecessary hospitalization of nursing home patients

Pittsburgh Tribune Review – A business funded by UPMC Enterprises uses telemedicine to try to reduce trips from nursing homes to hospitals, a service the venture’s founder said could improve care and save money as new federal penalties kick in for the homes.

Curavi, which UPMC announced Thursday, uses mobile carts equipped with sensitive cameras to connect nurses with Pitt geriatricians during off-hours. The geriatricians guide the nurses through treatment or, if necessary, recommend hospitalization.

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