meducation®DC

  • Fact: 35.1 million inpatient discharges annually.1
  • Fact: 129.8 million emergency department discharges annually.2
  • Fact: 19% of Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days.3
  • Fact: 20% of patients after discharge have adverse events.4
  • Fact: Lower health literacy = 1.5x higher readmission within 30 days.5

Reduce Hospital Readmissions. MeducationDC utilizes a library of discharge templates that can be quickly personalized for every patient. Designed to address both low health literacy and language barriers, MeducationDC includes instructions edited to be simpler to understand and written for 5th-8th grade reading level. It currently supports 14 written languages.

Discharge instructions can be printed in 3 different font sizes to improve readability for elderly and visually impaired patients. Multi-language printouts can be created in single column and dual column formats. Dual column formats includes English on the left side and the translation on the right side. The benefits of dual column include 1) improved provider’s confidence in the written information (because they can read it) leading to wider use, 2) patients have indicated that they can use side-by-side translation to learn new English words used by nurses and doctors, and 3) caregivers may prefer to read English, while the patients prefer the target language.

MeducationDC includes a library of phrases that are pre-translated by ATA certified translators –NOT machine translation. The phrase library can be expanded to accommodate new phrase requests. Additional languages can also be added with funding. The discharge template library can be expanded by saving new templates and sharing them with others within your organization. Discharge templates can be retrieved and then quickly personalized for each patient – in his/her preferred language.

MeducationDC also includes a visual medication summary utilizing the “Universal Medication Schedule”, a health literacy-based tool to improve medication adherence. Some medications can be linked to visual, narrated demonstrations to illustrate proper techniques. These demonstrations can be accessed by the patients from home or on mobile devices.

Funded in part by National Institutes of Health/NIMHD SBIR Grant Program (R44MD003050).

  • Reduce Readmissions
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality & Safety
  • Medication Summaries
  • Quick & Easy
  • Personal & Actionable
  • Shareable Templates
  • 14 Languages

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1 National Hospital Discharge Survey. 2010.
2 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. 2010.
3 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.
4 Foster, AJ. The incidence and severity of adverse events affecting patients after discharge from the hospital. Ann Intern Med, 2003.
5 Mitchell, SE. Health literacy and 30-day postdischarge hospital utilization. J Health Commun, 2012.