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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.

Responsive Health Honors All of Those Who Have Served This Memorial Day

Responsive Health Honors All of Those Who Have Served This Memorial Day

The last Monday of May serves as a time to reflect on the over one million military service members who have fallen protecting the rights and freedoms of our country. This Memorial Day, Responsive Health joins all Americans in thanking our veterans for their service.

Though not officially recognized as a federal holiday until 1971, Memorial Day traditions date back to the years following the American Civil War. At the time, the day of remembrance was known as Decoration Day.

Until the First World War, the day was set aside exclusively to remember the 625,000 soldiers who died fighting on both sides of the American Civil War. At the conclusion of World War One, the spirit of Memorial Day was broadened to remember all those who died in combat serving their country.

Though Memorial Day now consists of many passive customs, including Memorial Day sales at retail stores and attending barbeques, we at Responsive Health encourage all Americans to take time this Monday to remember and honor those who have died fighting for our country.

There are many ways to express gratitude our fallen heroes, including flying flags at half-staff until noon, pausing for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time, or attending a Memorial Day service at your local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Responsive Health supports all of the fallen, current and veteran military service members and extend our eternal gratitude to all who have fought to preserve our way of life this Memorial Day.

Responsive Health Brings Digital Medicine to Propelify Innovation Festival

Thousands of tech-minded entrepreneurs, companies and individuals across industries joined together on the Hudson River waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey to attend the second annual Propelify Innovation Festival on Thursday, May 18.

Responsive Health’s leadership team, including Ed Berde, CEO and CTO, Pavan Choksi, VP of Corporate Development and Eric Ditkowsky, VP of Value Transformation, navigated the festival while speaking with investors and innovators about how Responsive Health is defining Digital Medicine through RxUniverse.

With the New York City skyline serving as a fitting backdrop, the scene was set to promote innovation across industries. By midday, over 3,000 people had walked through the festival’s main gate, eager to share ideas about how technology is revolutionizing their respective fields. The festival provided a mix of tech demonstrations, meet-and-greets, investor speed dating and headlining speakers.

Arianna Huffington spoke to the crowd about her time at the Huffington Post, which she founded in 2005. Ms. Huffington is now serving as the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a health and wellness advisory startup offering educational workshops, e-courses and certifications that improve employee well-being.

Alexis Smith, the Director Employer Branding and Digital at Anheuser-Busch and another speaker at the festival, discussed how well-established companies are capitalizing on entrepreneurialism. Ms. Smith touched on the importance of promoting individuals who are willing to identify a company’s weakness in order to discover a solution vital to the success of the brand.

Aside from the festival’s featured speakers, the entrepreneurial spirit was also evident from the attendees themselves.

“It’s great seeing this this type of festival in New Jersey, especially because we’re so active in the Jersey market,” Mr. Choksi said. “Having this focus on technology and entrepreneurship shows that leading innovation is happening outside of Silicon Valley.”