Change In Length of Stay and Readmissions Among Hospitalized Medical Patients after Inpatient Medicine Service Adoption of Mobile Secure Text Messaging

In the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Mitesh Patel and colleagues, including Dylan Small, Roy Rosin, and David Asch, evaluate the association between an inpatient medicine service’s adoption of mobile secure text messaging and patient length of stay and readmissions. The authors observed the change in length of stay and 30-day readmissions between a control site and one that implemented text messaging. They find a significant decrease in length of stay for the intervention site during and after the rollout of inpatient text communication. There was no significant difference in the odds of readmission. This study suggests that secure messaging can improve communication and optimize provider performance.