Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge)  

Project RED
(Re-Engineered Discharge)

Project Re-Engineered Discharge is a research group at Boston University Medical Center that develops and tests strategies to improve the hospital discharge process in a way that promotes patient safety and reduces re-hospitalization rates. The RED (re-engineered discharge) intervention is founded on 12 discrete, mutually reinforcing components and has been proven to reduce rehospitalizations and yields high rates of patient satisfaction.  Virtual patient advocates are currently being tested in conjunction with the RED. In addition, Project RED has started to implement the re-engineered discharge at other hospitals serving diverse patient populations. We are also looking at the transitional needs from inpatient to outpatient care of specific populations (i.e., those with depressive symptoms). Finally, we are about to start a patient-centered project to create a tool that hospitals can use to discover factors (i.e., medical legal, social, etc.) in patients' readmissions.

Project RED is supported by grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI), the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of Brian Jack, MD and Boston University/Boston Medical Center and do not necessarily represent the official view of or imply endorsement by any funding institutions.

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Latest Project RED news

The Computer Will See You Now
Boston University 2013 Annual Report

How an Avatar Nurse Can Help Health Care Handoffs
Dallas Business Journal
By Bill Hethcock
September 20, 2013

Health Care Leaders Think Big on a Small Budget
BU Today
By Leslie Friday
September 19, 2013

Readmission Rate 13% After Major Surgery
MedPage Today
By Michael Smith
September 18, 2013

Release of Toolkit to Reduce Hospital Readmissions in the News

There has been a wide range of coverage about the release of the newly expanded RED toolkit, which we released on March 13. A summary of the article has appeared on web sites and trade publications, such as Modern Healthcare, AHA News, American Medical Informatics Association (under Public Policy Updates), National Network of Libraries of Medicine, North Dakota Hospital Association, Smart Brief, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. Additionally, there were 10 re-tweets about the toolkit.

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© 2014 Project RED
Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.