NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Nationally recognized full-service teaching hospital Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Centerannounced today it is among the first hospitals in the state to comply with the New York State Public Health law Act mandating that hospitals provide recorded discharge instructions to blind and visually impaired patients who request it with a permanent, sustainable solution. The introduction of the new law enabled Kingsbrook to enhance its discharge procedures for all patients with the launch of Echo, created by CipherHealth, a leading provider of innovations and technologies designed to help healthcare providers improve the quality of patient care. Continue reading “Press Release: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Partners with CipherHealth to Introduce New Patient Discharge Solution” »
On July 22, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a law for the benefit of blind and visually impaired hospital patients. This law, which was passed as an amendment stating that as of October 20, 2014 hospitals must provide blind and visually impaired patients with a large print version or, upon request of the patient, with an audio recording of the discharge plan and preadmission information.
This new law demonstrates an acknowledgement by New York State that discharge instructions are critical for patients’ recoveries but can be a challenge to understand and retain, especially for visually impaired patients. Failure to understand discharge instructions can leave a patient feeling uncertain and confused about how to get better, which can lead to a costly hospital readmission. Continue reading “New NY Law: Recorded Discharge Instructions for the Visually Impaired” »