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Responsive Health Brings Digital Medicine to Chicago at Value-Based Care Summit

Responsive Health Brings Digital Medicine to Chicago at Value-Based Care Summit

Over the course of two days, leaders in healthcare met in Chicago for the 2017 Value-Based Care Summit.This year’s summit focused on the opportunity value-based care presents clinicians to change the way they think about patient care while simultaneously improving administrative processes. 

Responsive Health cofounder Dr. Ashish Atreja gave a presentation on the complexities associated with ensuring that health systems make a successful transition to value-based care. 

“We all know that value-based healthcare is here,” Dr. Atreja said. ”What you may not know is most of us, including big shiny health systems, are completely unprepared for it.” 

During his presentation, Dr. Atreja explained that 76 percent of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States have lost money due to readmission penalties from CMS and 50 percent will lose money due to bundle payments. He went on to explain how Digital Medicine prescribed through the RxUniverse platform can reverse this trend by improving patient outcomes in chronic disease management, transitional care and perioperative care. 

Responsive Health VP of Corporate Development, Pavan Choksi, joined Dr. Atreja at the summit to discuss how Digital Medicine can be aligned with value-based initiatives. 

“Digital Medicine is a crucial component of effectively moving to a value-based system,” Choksi said. “It’s exciting to see so many different healthcare organizations come together and discuss implementing value-based care strategies.” 

The summit also featured keynote speakers Dr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, Secretary of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and Dr. Randall S. Moore, President of Mercy Virtual. Moore’s keynote speech closed out the first day of the summit touching on the impact of Digital Medicine through a focus on the value of virtual care.  

NJII Annual Innovation Showcase Highlights Clinicians’ Concerns on Patient Engagement

Responsive Health CEO, Ed Berde, and VP of Value Transformation, Eric Ditkowsky, recently met with technology executives and healthcare IT innovators at the New Jersey Innovation Institute’s Annual Innovation Showcase. Berde and Ditkowsky spoke with thought leaders at the helm of healthcare modernization, including the event’s keynote speaker Aneesh Chopra, the current President of NavHealth, who served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama. 

Through face-to-face conversations, it became clear that industry leaders are increasingly concerned with meeting the requirements for better patient care set by CMS . More specifically, attendees at the conference stressed that clinicians generally lack comprehensive methodology for tracking patient progress, making it difficult to monitor and report patient outcomes to CMS in order to receive reimbursements pursuant to the Quality Payment Program under MACRA. 

Currently, many providers utilize their existing EHRs to record patient outcomes to CMS, despite the fact that many view their EHR systems as inefficient. As a result, providers spend more time on basic data entry rather than actual patient engagement. 

In order to meet the requirements for reimbursement through CMS, private practice clinicians are following two methods: either (1) hire more staff to keep up with new standards or (2) abandon their independent practice in favor of joining a hospital system or physician group in an effort to keep costs in control. 

Responsive Health’s exhibition at the event provided insight into how the RxUniverse  platform directly addresses the concerns voiced by clinicians. Physicians using the platform can prescribe patients with clinically proven mobile health apps and wearables at the point of care. This extends the doctor-patient relationship beyond the clinical setting and provides the additional time for patient engagement doctors are seeking. The platform also works with EHRs to seamlessly record patient data and submit the information to CMS, enabling providers with the immediate ability to maximize reimbursements.  

Responsive Health Discusses the Value of Prescribing Clinically Tested PTSD Apps on PTSD Awareness Day

Responsive Health Discusses the Value of Prescribing Clinically Tested PTSD Apps on PTSD Awareness Day

According to the PTSD Foundation of America, a third of returning combat troops will be diagnosed with serious Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms, while less than 40 percent will seek help. PTSD can cause flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety, mistrust, guilt, and loneliness, all hindering a soldier’s ability to transition to civilian life with loved ones.

During PTSD Awareness Month, Responsive Health supports our veterans by urging all those affected to download and use the PTSD Coach app. The app was developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Defense and provides mental health support through education, self-assessment and symptom management strategies, in addition to clinical support.

PTSD Coach was tested with service men and women suffering from PTSD over an eight-week period. While the app is not intended to replace professional care,
the app’s assessment revealed that patients using PTSD Coach had significantly improved self-coping ability and decreased symptoms associated with depression.

“We know from research and our own clinical experience that Veterans can recover and improve their quality of life with the right PTSD treatment plan,” Dr. Poonam Alaigh, the VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health told News4Jax. “We want our Veterans and those who care for them to have access to effective treatment options.”

The Senate designated June as PTSD Awareness Month in 2014 with the aim to raise public awareness of PTSD and the availability of effective treatments for those who are suffering. Responsive Health supports all of the veterans and thanks them for their service.

Online Symptom Reporting Benefits Cancer Patients as RxUniverse Extends Care for All Health Concerns

Online Symptom Reporting Benefits Cancer Patients as RxUniverse Extends Care for All Health Concerns

Patients with cancer often suffer through various symptoms between visits, leading many to become complacent with poor health. However, a recent study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology found cancer patients who used a personal computer to report symptoms to care providers saw extended and improved quality of life when compared to patients treated with medicinal care alone.

During the study, patients who self-reported received an immediate response nearly 80 percent of the time from their care provider. Clinicians were then able to prescribe medications to resolve pain, nausea or other treatment-related problems and were able to offer more comprehensive assessments during scheduled appointments. On average, the 766 patients involved in this program lived five months longer than those who did not record their symptoms online.

“You want to be able to reach your provider as early and easily as possible,” said Dr. Richard Schilsky, Chief Medical Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Schilsky went on to elaborate symptoms such as shortness of breath, could be alarming to clinicians and a signal that treatment is not working and needs to be adjusted or changed entirely.

This study further validates the need for healthcare providers to rethink traditional patient engagement. Consistent contact between patients and their health care providers enables clinicians to address any potential problems in real time, resulting in improved healthcare results for all patients as found in American Society of Clinical Oncology study.

RxUniverse is the Digital Medicine app prescribing platform providing high-touch patient care for health concerns and disease states, offering a comprehensive infrastructure for patient monitoring, symptom tracking and feedback.

Responsive Health Joins with Medical Technology Innovators at Health IMPACT East

Responsive Health co-founders Dr. Ashish Atreja and Ed Berde, along with VP of Corporate Development, Pavan Choksi, met with
numerous C-Level Healthcare executives and providers at the HealthIMPACT East Conference on Monday, June 5.

As one of the conference’s innovation partners, Responsive Health led discussions with NODE Health during a comprehensive, rapid fire-round table discussion focused on defining Digital Medicine and its pivotal role in the future of healthcare.

“I’m passionate about Digital Medicine and changing the way that people view digital health,” Mr. Berde said during the discussion. “With Responsive Health, we have three goals: first, define Digital Medicine and educate providers; second, validate Digital Medicine solutions; and third, provide a back bone for innovation across health systems.”

Dr. Atreja, also led several engaging conversations throughout the day. Topics included how digital innovation is suffering from a lack of shared evidence, examples of successful implementation and how organizations are collaborating to utilize innovation in order to realize transformation.

“Digital Medicine needs to be reproducible,” Dr. Atreja said. “The focus needs to be on technology that produces uniform results for clinicians, which then promotes integration into health systems and adoption by practitioner and patient alike.”

Other featured speakers and panelists included Bruce Darrow, the Chief Medical Information Officer at Mount Sinai; Ram Raju, the Senior Vice President of Northwell Health; Mandi Bishop, Founder and CEO of Lifely Insigts; Victoria Tiase, the Director of Informatics Strategy at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Gregory Downing, Founder of Innovation Horizons.