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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.  

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 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.”

Responsive Health Celebrates National Nurses Week

Responsive Health Celebrates National Nurses Week

In conjunction with the American Nurses Association’s National Nurses Week, Responsive Health would like to thank all of the dedicated nurses who tirelessly work to provide quality care for patients. 

Nurses provide hands-on care to patients by administering medications, observing and monitoring patient conditions, maintaining records and communicating with doctors. They also provide emotional support to patients and family members, educate patients on disease management and medical conditions, as well as provide information on home care after a patient’s clinical treatment.

While members of the Responsive Health team visited hospitals and health systems to outline the benefits of the RxUniverse Digital Medicine platform, they were sure to speak with nurses to get their thoughts on Digital Medicine. Nurses in the field consistently touched on two themes; their passion for providing quality care for patients and the role they believed Digital Medicine could play in providing higher quality care. Nurses strongly felt Responsive Health’s Digital Medicine would be a critical asset in nearly every facet of their daily responsibilities.

Nurses loved that RxUniverse literally puts healthcare into the hands of patients, driving patient engagement and allowing their nursing teams to increase health results even after patients have left the hospital.

Apps in the RxUniverse platform extend care beyond the clinical setting by helping patients monitor their health conditions at home. For patients using Digital Medicine, a doctor or nurse’s care is not finished at the end of an office visit. Engaging a patient’s health on a continuous basis makes it easier to discuss their health concerns with a nurse when they arrive at the medical clinic.

Nurses across health systems are eager to implement Digital Medicine. Patients who are using Digital Medicine solutions are better able to manage their health, which aids nurses in their work by helping patients lead happier and healthier lives.

At Responsive Health, we’re forever thankful to nurses for their passion and dedication to their patients. We’ll continue to bring Digital Medicine solutions to health systems, allowing nurses to care for patients at the highest standards!