HOW IT WORKS
Family or Dietitian Logs In
Select Healthy Food Choices
Delivered Directly To Homes
LOWER COSTS • MORE FOOD • MORE ACCESS
DIETITIANS WHO DELIVER
With a provider referral, diverse registered dietitians provide nutrition therapy and create virtual grocery stores that are personalized based on each patient's medical history. Once their stores are created, patients can continuously access the store online or by phone. This is vital for patients who have limited mobility or who live in food deserts.
Patients are automatically considered for resources from our virtual food bank.
To refer a patient, fax facesheet and order to:
(833) 434-1415, or
VIRTUAL FOOD BANK
We partner with organizations to create virtual food banks that deliver food to the people who need it most. This empowers our partners to offer healthier food, reduce costs, and expand services throughout their communities. Patients can order online, order by phone, or our partners can order on behalf of their patients.
There is no cost to starting a virtual food bank.
For more information, please email
Nutrition Programs Proven to Reduce Readmission and Length of Stay
Advocate Health Care – Downers Grove, IL
In a 6-month study, four hospitals in Chicago, IL implemented a comprehensive nutrition program that reduced readmissions by nearly 20% and reduced length of stay by 1.6 days. The program insured that 1,200 malnourished patients received nutritional supplements within 24hrs of admission. DispatchCare was not involved in the study, but with our platform, you can offer that same program to all of your patients. Our easy-to-use technology scans your existing electronic medical record system and securely offers patients food and nutritional supplements based on their discharge orders. With DispatchCare, patients and families can easily remain well-nourished after they leave your care.
Catholic Health Initiatives (Now CommonSpirit Health) – Chicago, IL
In a 6-month study, three hospitals in Lexington and Louisville Kentucky implemented a comprehensive nutrition program that included more than 10,000 patients. The program reduced the length of stay for malnourished patients by 12% (1.16 days) and reduced the length of stay for patients who were not malnourished by 7.4% (0.28 days). This study did not see a significant change in readmissions due to various factors including “the duration of follow-up, nutrition treatment modality, discharge to various care settings.” DispatchCare did not participate in this study, but it’s easy-to-use mobile platform would have empowered patients and families to maintain their nutritional status after discharge. DispatchCare’s technology improves access to nutritional supplements and would have likely improved this study’s readmission outcomes.
Academic Medical Center – United States
A 12-month study analyzed 8,713 malnourished patients who received oral nutritional supplements. The study found that patients who received oral supplements were 38% less likely to be readmitted and had 10% shorter hospital stays than patients who did not receive such nutrition. Notably, there was a 16% length of stay improvement for oncology patients. DispatchCare would allow your health system to easily implement a nutritional program like this one and improve the nutritional status of all patients who encounter your system.