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McKnight’s article discusses the positive impact of telehealth, including how such technology improves quality of care and reduces hospital readmissions and why providers are skeptical to adopt.

“The big questions from providers, however, tend to be around reimbursement and the equipment.”

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http://www.mcknights.com/telehealth-in-three-steps/article/388946/

Provides an overview of the Diabetes Telehealth Network and the Governor’s and FCC Commissioner’s visit.

“Bryant, who has supported the program since its inception, and Clyburn both lauded UMMC, North Sunflower, the GE-Intel vendor outfit CareInnovations, and other stakeholders for their work on the project. The project, featured recently in HCI, launched in 2014. It connects through telehealth and a care management application, UMMC specialists with diabetes patients at the rural-based North Sunflower Medical Center. Patients in the program are monitored remotely through a tablet app and also have telehealth encounters at the rural hospital.”

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http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/mississippi-governor-fcc-official-laud-telehealth-initiative

December 3, 2014 – JACKSON, Miss. – Today, Gov. Phil Bryant and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn are visiting North Sunflower Medical Center as part of an ongoing public-private partnership to address the growing diabetes crisis that affects more than 370,000 adults in the state of Mississippi and 29.1 million people nationwide.

The centerpiece of the partnership is a population health-care model that leverages telehealth technology delivered over state-of-the-art fixed and mobile broadband connections, and is designed to improve the health of participants while also reducing the total cost of care.

In 2010, 12.1 percent of adults in the Mississippi Delta, which is among the more underserved and impoverished regions in the nation, reported being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Of that group, 293 died from complications related to the disease. In 2012, diabetic medical expenses in Mississippi totaled $2.74 billion, according to the American Diabetes Association.

In an effort to positively impact the prevalence and burden of diabetes in Mississippi, in January 2014 Bryant partnered with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), North Sunflower Medical Center (NSMC), GE Healthcare, Intel-GE Care Innovations, and C Spire to provide people with diabetes more consistent and timely access to clinicians through the use of telehealth technology in their homes. The program, known as the Diabetes Telehealth Network, aims to enroll up to 200 patients. The individuals currently enrolled have demonstrated significant enthusiasm and are enjoying improved control of their diabetes.

“It is very encouraging to see positive results early in the program and hear the personal stories from patients and nurses who believe this program has the ability to create lasting change for individuals and the state of Mississippi,” Gov. Bryant said. “This innovative partnership has gained the attention of the Federal Communications Commission as we are connecting patients in the rural town of Ruleville to a care management program they otherwise would not have access to in their town. I thank our partners for working diligently to make the Diabetes Telehealth Network an early success.”

The Diabetes Telehealth Network began recruiting patients in August in the Mississippi Delta to participate in an 18-month remote care management program, a concept that fuses technology with UMMC specialists to improve patient outcomes in a historically underserved area of the state. The program – a first of its kind nationally – is intended to forge a stronger connection between people with diabetes and clinicians in a way that supports earlier clinical intervention, more effective use of health services, and creates positive health habits and behavior change.

Participants in the Diabetes Telehealth Network are given tablets powered by a Care Innovations telehealth solution that enables health-care providers to remotely manage patients with chronic conditions. With their tablets, patients share what’s going on with them physically, emotionally and psychologically through daily health sessions with their clinicians. In addition, the tablets automatically capture their health data, such as weight, blood pressure and glucose levels, and transmit that daily to clinicians.

This daily information provided by patients gives clinicians a much more complete view of a patient’s health status, permitting earlier, proactive care. Using this technology, clinicians can better engage and educate patients, easily adjust medical care plans, schedule phone calls or video chat with patients. C Spire provides the high-speed mobile broadband communications network needed to support the connection between patients and clinicians in even the most remote parts of Mississippi.

“Connecting people to the health and care services they need is the true promise of broadband,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. “I applaud the State of Mississippi and its private partners for making this project a priority. The Diabetes Telehealth Network is a terrific example of the value of the ubiquitous deployment of advanced technologies in rural and underserved areas.”

“Just 4 months into the program, we’re already hearing such great patient feedback about how the Diabetes Telehealth Network is empowering patients to take better control of their diabetes from their home, yet still have the guidance and oversight of clinicians,” said Dr. Kristi Henderson, UMMC’s chief telehealth and innovation officer. “This program is helping improve care coordination and strengthen connections between clinicians and patients beyond the walls of a hospital in a way that I think will reduce the use of higher acuity clinical settings, like the ER.”

“Our clinicians have expressed the ease of use with the technology to better manage patients and help coordinate the care they need,” said NSMC Executive Director Billy Marlow. “It’s rewarding to be a part of something that really makes a difference in peoples’ lives, and we are proud of what we have accomplished with the partners thus far.”

Annie Ford recently enrolled in the program. “In the beginning, I was afraid because I knew my diabetes wasn’t where it should be, but in these last few weeks, I’ve learned more about my diabetes than the past 15 years I’ve had it,” Ford said.  “I’m enjoying it, and I love my tablet because it’s teaching me a lot. You can never learn too much about your diabetes.”

“One morning I got up and my blood sugar was too low – it was 67 – and the tablet not only warned me that it was low, but it also gave me guidance on what I should do to help bring it up in a healthy way,” said Jackie Collins, another patient in the program. “Before I would have drank a soda, but the tablet told me orange juice is the best thing. It’s been an awesome experience.”

The Diabetes Telehealth Network’s partners laud this experience as a health-care delivery method of the future, one that expands coverage and cuts costs.

“Care Innovations is honored to be selected as a partner in this groundbreaking program that truly is living out our philosophy of driving patient engagement by connecting the care continuum to the home,” said Sean Slovenski, CEO of Care Innovations. “It’s exciting to see such progress early on and the promise of improving Mississippi’s health status start to come to life.”

“Collaborating in this telehealth network allows us to help expand access to quality, affordable care for traditionally underserved patients with diabetes in the Mississippi Delta,” said Michael Becker, director of marketing at GE Healthcare. “We are proud to be part of such an innovative healthcare program and look forward to seeing more positive patient outcomes in the months to come.”

“We’re encouraged by the early reports of progress with this innovative pilot program, which promises to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians who are dealing with the reality of this chronic disease every day,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire.  “Combining the power and ubiquity of our high-speed mobile broadband communications network with technology solutions from Care Innovations that link UMMC specialists and patients in rural areas in new ways will help us deliver more connected, collaborative and cost-effective care.”

Media Contacts

Marc Rolph
University of Mississippi Medical Center
(601) 815-5133
mrolph@umc.edu

Nicole Webb
Office of Governor Phil Bryant
(601) 576-2802
Nicole.Webb@governor.ms.gov

Robyn Marlow
North Sunflower Medical Center
(662) 719-6655
Robyn.Marlow@northsunflower.com

Benjamin Fox
GE Healthcare
(414) 721 4013
Benjamin.Fox@ge.com

Rachel Radcliff
Care Innovations
(805) 570-2428
rkr@thinkrevivehealth.com

Dave Miller
CSpire
(601) 974-7725
dmmiller@cspire.com

 

UC Medical Center leverages tablet technology to monitor patients from the home following liver transplant surgery.

“Before this program, patients would check their temperature and write it down on paper and bring it to the clinic, now, when they take it with a Bluetooth thermometer, it gets inputted to the tablet and right away inputted to my computer. I can see how things are working real time, as can my team.”

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/11/25/exclusive-uc-health-partners-with-ge-firm-to.html?page=all

Company Makes Substantial Donation to the Jefferson School of Population Health

ROSEVILLE, Calif., November 24, 2014 – Care Innovations™, an Intel-GE company, today announced the formation of an Advisory Board to help guide the CI Validation Institute. 11 experts associated with the Jefferson School of Population Health, Health Intelligence Network, Humana, University of California Santa Barbara, Edington Associates, Edj Analytics, Population Health Alliance, Health 2.0, and Deloitte Consulting, make up the new Advisory Board. The Validation Institute was launched in June and aims to improve standards for measuring and promoting the benefits of population health and remote care management solutions and services.

“The formation of our Advisory Board is a big step toward the CI Validation Institute having a greater impact on positively shaping the population health field,” said Sean Slovenski, chief executive officer at Care Innovations. “We believe this melding of outstanding population health leaders will elevate the feedback and guidance we can provide organizations and professionals seeking a leadership position in healthcare outcomes.”

The Advisory Board will be chaired by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) and professor of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Joining Dr. Nash in the Advisory Board will be nine respected leaders in the population health space, including:

Jan Berger: Jan is the CEO of Health Intelligence Network and a member of the Breakaway Policy Strategies Medical Advisory Board. She is also an author of several books and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefit.

Steve Chick: Steve is vice president at Humana and the leader of Comprehensive Health Insights, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Humana. He is currently a member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

Ian Duncan: Ian is adjunct professor of Actuarial Statistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and served as vice president of clinical outcomes, analytics and reporting at the Walgreens Company from 2010 to 2014.

Dee Edington, Ph.D: Dr. Edington is the founder and chairman of Edington Associates, LLC. He is the founder and professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and was the director of the Center until June 2011.

Frank Frigo: Frank is the co-founder of Edj Analytics, LLC and is a past winner of the Backgammon World Championship in Monte Carlo.

Fred Goldstein: Fred is president of the Population Health Alliance, and is the president and founder of Accountable Health, LLC. He has over 25 years of senior management experience in the health care industry.

Matthew Holt: Matthew is the founder and Co-Chair of Health 2.0, the founder and occasional author of The Health Care Blog.

Karissa Price-Rico, Ph.D: Dr. Price is the executive director at the CI Validation Institute and the chief marketing officer at Intel-GE Care Innovations.

Sean Slovenski: Sean is the CEO at Intel-GE Care Innovations and is a proven innovator and entrepreneur with an established track record in defining and building businesses from concept to viability.

Jason Wainstein: Jason is a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s health plan practices and serves as the national leader for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s health plan technology strategy and information management/analytics practices and as an industry innovation champion.

For more information on the Validation Institute and its Advisory Board, please click here.

 

Supporting the Jefferson School of Population Health

In an effort to generate innovative thinking and repeatable results that improve population health outcomes, the CI Validation Institute also recently donated $50,000 to the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia – the first designated School of Population Health in the United States.

“We think remote care management has immense potential to affect what happens outside of a doctor’s office and in the daily life of an individual, which is one of the biggest opportunities we have in improving the overall health of a population. This generous gift from the CI Validation Institute will be used to uncover and address the factors that might be limiting adoption of this valuable approach,” said David B. Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health.

For more information on the CI Validation Institute, please visit http://www.civalidationinstitute.com.

 

About Intel-GE Care Innovations

Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel Corporation and GE Healthcare, connects the care continuum to the home and makes it easier for patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers to interact and achieve better health at home.

Experts in technology and behavior change, Care Innovations identifies the best methods for health care providers and health plans to capture and integrate real-time data from the home into care delivery. The company’s fourth-generation remote care management solution, Health Harmony, delivers insights for timely intervention and superior patient engagement with patients outside the formal care setting. Health Harmony is built with a smart filter and predictive analytics platform that sorts the complex array of aggregated data captured from a wide array of sensors and sources present in the daily lives of consumers. Visit www.careinnovations.com to learn more.

 

Contact:

Rachel Radcliff
ReviveHealth for Care Innovations
805.617.2836
rkr@thinkrevivehealth.com

Care Innovations