Advancements in Health Record Technology

Alex Bettencourt - September 14, 2011

Advancements in technology have allowed people access to information and services faster than ever before. Car owners can skip the often-stressful trip to the license branch and renew their plates online. Customers can pay nearly all of their bills online, eliminating a lot of wasted paper. This also makes it easier to keep track of due dates.

The medical field has been slow to adapt to the recent technological revolution. Many hospitals make use of the latest diagnostic equipment, but continue to store all patient data on paper. Both doctors and patients cite concerns over expense vs return or the security of digital records. However, electronic record keeping has many benefits over paper records and they prove to outweigh any negative aspects. (more…)

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Improving Medication Adherence with Script Your Future!

Alex Bettencourt - August 22, 2011

images golocalprov com  health Script+Your+Future+Logo 360x312 Improving Medication Adherence with Script Your Future!

We are very proud to announce our first advocacy partnership with St. Joseph’s School of Pharmacy and Script Your Future. The Script Your Future campaign is led by National Consumers League (NCL) and designed to help you take your medicine as directed. It’s also created to help patients manage health problems such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (more…)

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Top 10 Mobile Health and Patient Adherence Groups on LinkedIn

Alex Bettencourt - July 13, 2011

LinkedIn logo Top 10 Mobile Health and Patient Adherence Groups on LinkedIn

Interested in learning more about mobile health and medication adherence from real professionals in the healthcare industry? Look no further. Below are the top 10 groups on LinkedIn you can join to learn more about patient compliance and mHealth.

1. Patient Adherence Solutions (500+ members)

This group is for anyone interested patient medication adherence. All patients, providers, payers, administrators, innovators, technology companies, researchers and stakeholders are especially welcomed to join this group. Members are encouraged to learn, share, and comment on news articles and discussions. Members are also encouraged to submit patient adherence, compliance, and persistence articles and start discussions. It is requested that submissions and comments stay on topic.

2. Patient Adherence, Compliance & Communication Strategy for Pharma (2,000 + members)

Although this group is for pharmaceutical executives who wish to place the patient at the center of their marketing, retention and sales strategy, it’s also a great place for outsiders to get a sneak peek into the most biggest priority among patient marketers and see how compliance is handled. (more…)

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RememberItNow! Announces New Tweet Reminders to their eHealth Platform

Alex Bettencourt - June 7, 2011

RememberItNow! has enhanced its eHealth platform with new, educational Tweet tips. RememberItNow! Tweets are friendly reminders sent via text message, Push, or email to help users take control of their health.

Orinda, CA - June 07, 2011

In 2009, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 133 million Americans have at least one chronic disease. Managing their chronic conditions and taking control of their health accounts for 75 percent of their health care expenses.

RememberItNow! chief executive officer and founder Pamela Swingley empathizes with the challenge these patients face. “We understand there is no ‘one-size fits all’ health care management tool. Millions of patients have to manage several conditions at a time, and it can be exhausting to manage your health with a scattered group of applications and tools,” she said. “This is why we have integrated fun RememberItNow! Tweets into our eHealth platform. Patients now have all their health information centralized on our platform, along with our new, entertaining, bite-sized health Tweets.” (more…)

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A Reminder from Pew of The Power of Mobile for Health Care

Pamela Swingley - February 15, 2011

When I started working on RememberItNow! I was bursting with enthusiasm at the prospect of really helping people to manage their health. I would dream about features for our software. I’d leap from bed to start work at 5:00 am and not stop until 10:00 pm loving every second of it. I was thrilled to be able to see the future, and leverage the vision to make things better for my Dad and others like him that struggle to manage complicated healthcare schedules.

But lately, it’s been alot harder to get inspired. And just when I start to think it’s not worth the effort, I run across a piece on the Internet like this one by thought leader Susannah Fox at Pew Research about the Power of Mobile. It really helps to find others that share the passion and vision.

Susannah wraps up her presentation with a few thoughts looking back at the landscape.

“The access revolution is over. Mobile is changing us, changing our frame of reference so that we see information as portable, personalized, and participatory.

Health care has a marvelous opportunity tap in to our ancient instincts to share and our modern ability to do so at internet speed.

Build on the new frontier. Build on the power of mobile.”

We couldn’t agree more. Thank you Susannah for the reminder that what we do really matters.

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New Study Highlights BIG Cost Savings of Adherence

Pamela Swingley - February 2, 2011

A recent HealthAffairs article uses a robust methodology to examine the relationship between medication adherence and total health care use and costs. HealthAffairs results indicate that medication adherence leads to lower health care use and costs despite increased drug spending.

Across all conditions, adherence reduced total annual costs significantly.

  • Congestive Heart Failure - $7,823 less
  • Hypertension - $3,908 less
  • Diabetes - $3,756 less
  • Dyslipidemia - $1,258 less

Despite the increased pharmacy costs.

  • Congestive Heart Failure - $1,058 more
  • Hypertension - $429 more
  • Diabetes - $656 more
  • Dyslipidemia - $601 more

January’s Circle Square HIT Trends highlights the report and calculates the return on investment (ROI) for each of these conditions as:

  • Hypertension more than 9:1
  • CHF more than 7:1
  • Diabetes 5.7:1
  • Dyslipidemia 2:1

These findings are significant enough to support a wide range of adherence programs, including patient-centric text reminder services like RememberItNow!

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Top 5 Personal Health Records Resources

Alex Bettencourt - February 1, 2011

A personal health record, also known as a PHR is an online system where one can record and track important information about a person’s health. Anyone can make use of the online, free PHR systems available on the internet. You can maintain your own personal health record by simply filling in the text fields in online forms. By choosing an online PHR you can access your information from anywhere in the world, provided you have internet. You can even edit this information and keep your data up to date as time progresses.

The PHR resources are extremely important for you and your health. Access to important information will help you make decisions in time in case any medical condition arises. The PHR resources do not represent any legal way to store your records but it helps you to make important health decisions in the nick of time. (more…)

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Mobile Health Market Top 10 Trends - Part 1

Alex Bettencourt - January 7, 2011

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For those of you that have read the recent Pew Internet and American Life Project, you might recall their discoveries in regards to mobile health. It noted, “15 percent of 18- to 29- year olds had a mobile health app on their phone, compared to 8 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds, 6 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, and 5 percent of people 65-years-old and older.” (more…)

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Mobile Health Across the Globe

Kwame Ahene - November 3, 2010

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What I remember most about my family trips to Ghana is the contradictory reality that exists between the city and the countryside. The city, populated with people to the hilt, was full of exuberant energy. The countryside was densely populated with thick brush and 50 foot palm trees, which prompted lazy afternoons catching up with family that I had not seen since my last visit.

One thing that both regions shared was the improvement in infrastructure, in particular telecommunications. I saw with each subsequent visit my relatives become as internet savvy as me while cell phone coverage expanded. Now I can communicate and catch up with them on Facebook Chat.

Many health organizations across the world have seen the opportunities created by the advancements in communication and have taken action to improve medication compliance through the applied use of SMS systems and medication reminders.

In Kenya, doctors are utilizing weekly text messages to check in on patients with HIV. They have found that these weekly reminders, which inquire whether a patient needs medical assistance, may be useful in the developing world.

Here in the United States, Katherine Hobson’s Wall Street Journal article documents how the principle of behavioral economics – “ the science behind the beneficial nudge to help consumers improve their decisions” can be applied to reduce medication non-compliance. CVS Caremark’s Behavioral Change Research Partnership (BCRP) researchers find that people are twice as likely renew their medication if prompted before it runs out rather than afterwards.

Applied use of this regimen would benefit stroke victims of whom, according to an OHS article, a quarter stop taking one or more of their medications within three months.

With all the advancements in technology occurring at a fast pace across the world, health care organizations have the capability to improve people’s well-being. Additionally with the help of SMS enabled phones, health reporting has become portable and the adoption of health-geared mobile applications is becoming more of a necessity in the rapidly evolving world that we live in.

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Dramatic Increase in Prescription Drug Use Leads to Rising Health Care Costs

Alex Bettencourt - October 20, 2010

Faced with more complex medication regimes, Americans struggle to take the right medication, at the right time, in the right dose. New mobile health tools offer solutions for increased compliance.

ORINDA, Calif. – September 25, 2010 - Almost half of the U.S. population reported taking a prescription drug in the past month according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Without effective medication management tools the risk of noncompliance and higher health care costs increases.

The CDC also discovered the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48% over the past decade. The use of two or more drugs escalated from 25% to 31% and the use of five or more drugs rose from 6% to 11%.

In 2007, the Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll reported one out of three adults taking a prescription drug on a regular basis did not follow their doctor-recommended course of treatment and two thirds of adults simply forgot to take their medication.

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