Since October 2010, more than 4,400 physicians have participated to some degree in an online program, also available via mobile devices, to prevent hospital readmissions for high-risk patients.

The Society of Hospital Medicine, which represents more than 31,000 hospitalists, created the program with QuantiaMD, an online physician community. The organizations last fall conducted a Web-based survey of more than 1,000 hospitalists that found 71 percent did not believe their organizations' processes for preventing readmissions were effective.

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