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Essentia Health

Essentia Health, a value-based hospital system, uses WalkWise to improve quality in their skilled nursing facilities. Being able to see real time data allowed the therapy team to react more quickly to changes in activity levels. Because of this they were able to refer at least five residents for physical therapy based on declines in overall activity. The nursing team also uses WalkWise. One nurse used the 24/7 data to better understand resident activity habits and adjusted the rounding schedule to coincide with increased activity. This focused oversight resulted in the removal of bed and chair alarms. In addition, the nursing teams keep an eye on the Night Owl Score to detect changes in routine which could signal a UTI, increased pain or cognitive changes. Over the first eight months WalkWise was introduced, falls facility-wide had decreased by 39%.