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OneCare Launches Innovative Adherence Management System

MagnaCare Signs On as First Major Healthcare Customer
MARIETTA, GA – OneCare’s groundbreaking new system for medical case management is being rolled out to chronically ill patients by MagnaCare, a Brighton Health Plan Solutions business with more than 500,000 covered lives in the Northeast.

  • OneCare, based in metro Atlanta, combines cutting-edge technology with social media, behavioral change methods and family-based communication strategies to revolutionize case management for the chronically ill. The cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant OneCare system:
  • Provides current and accurate information on chronically ill and high claims risk members without relying on patient self-recording.
  • Utilizes social media and mobile apps to involve family members in day-to-day case management.
  • Creates immediate, positive reinforcements for behavior change by setting up cloud-based reporting solutions with high-quality wireless devices such as weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose monitors, and more, resulting in improved care plan adherence.
  • Dispatches an implementation manager to help patients and family members set up and use the program.
  • Automatically delivers reminders to patients to take readings and medications.
  • Automatically monitors compliance with reminders and sends alerts to the patient’s care team, including family members, when reminders are not followed and when adverse readings are transmitted. This capability helps to prevent the avoidable episodes of care.
  • Allows integration with third-party applications, consumer health trackers and medical devices, reducing costs and easing implementation.

The OneCare platform includes clinical content that encompasses education based on clinical practice guidelines, daily general and disease specific assessment questions, and the ability to track vital signs and health indicators such as sleep quality, mood and exercise. By combining these elements of education and health information that are shared across the care team of family members, caregivers, patients/clients and healthcare professionals, it creates a continuum of informed and activated users all contributing to optimal patient care.

More than 60% of all healthcare costs result from preventable causes like poor patient adherence with their doctor’s care plans. “OneCare is an adherence management platform. Our goal is to help patients adhere to their physician’s care plan. We want the best results for people whose health is at risk with a chronic illness,” said Gary Austin, founder and CEO of OneCare. “Greater adherence means lower health risk and financial risk, lowering the costs to the health plan and creating a healthier member. OneCare’s platform is a breakthrough. It’s the health care system that patients, families and clinicians can all use to connect, collaborate, and manage care together.”

Aubrey Daniels International, a management consultancy that developed OneCare’s customized behavioral psychology programs, wrote, “OneCare combines the best in IT with behavioral techniques that have been proven effective for over 80 years and in our practice for over 40 years. The OneCare IT platform requires very little effort for the patient and family to track and it provides positive, immediate, certain reinforcement through the connected family members, resulting in improved behaviors necessary to manage their health.”

EvaluaideSM, Presented by MagnaCare, a Brighton Health Plan Solutions business.
OneCare’s newest client is MagnaCare’s population health platform EvaluaideSM. More than 500,000 people enjoy health care coverage from MagnaCare through group health plans offered by commercial employers and Taft-Hartley funds. With the utilization of EvaluaideSM, they have identified the people with chronic illnesses and high claims risk and offered them unique and personalized services. EvaluaideSM is implementing the OneCare system for their custom participant portal, which is a service that will powerfully elevate their case management and risk management capabilities. Melissa Sirola, director of EvaluaideSM, RN, MSN, MBA, MagnaCare, says, “The EvaluaideSM Participant Portal, powered by OneCare, offers a consistent clinical approach for members to follow. It provides chronic health condition-specific education, and creates proactive reminders via text, email and phone that prompt patient engagement and adherence to the care plan. By involving family members and friends in this care team notification process, members benefit from timely behavior changes that positively impact their healthcare. The platform is a powerful enhancement to the EvaluaideSM program”

OneCare met the needs of EvaluaideSM, which included the following:

• HIPAA Compliance
• Branding Capabilities
• Multiple Languages
• Ease of Use by Case Managers and Participants
• Reporting
• Dashboard for Nurse Management
• Educational Materials
• Clinical Pathways
• Flexibility
• Growth Potential
• Care Team Concept
• Push Notification Reminders versus Daily Self Log In
• Multiple Functionality

Implementation Comments from EvaluaideSM Case Managers and Nurses Regarding OneCare
• We are really excited about this project and the platform is exceptional.
• The platform is amazing and the demonstration was great.
• The platform is exceptional. It gets better each time I use it.
• Thanks to your programming/IT team for your brilliance and your flexibility.
• We are building a superior product at MagnaCare and I am proud to be a part of the process.
• You have an extraordinary group of people.

While the patient is the primary beneficiary, the OneCare system also benefits multiple stakeholders in healthcare services, as follows:

Case management companies that utilize OneCare will have a competitive advantage that will increase compliance rates, reduce claim risk and improve the company’s value to the TPA, employer health plan, reinsurance underwriter and benefit consultant.

TPAs will be able to offer a valuable service that sets them apart from their competition by demonstrating superior case management capability.
Reinsurance underwriters will have better information to assess risk, including compliance rates in the early stages and claim history in later years.
Employer health plans will have better information to forecast future costs, and will know their members are receiving a service that will help them improve their health and hopefully return to work.

Benefit consultants can provide clients with better cost and forecasting information.
Healthcare providers will have patients who adhere to the care plans they prescribe more consistently and are supported by a team of connected family members.
Family caregivers can coordinate care with less time, effort, worry and stress, as OneCare automates and simplifies caregiving tasks.

Michael Remeika, president of Creative Risk Underwriters, LLC, said, “As a stop loss underwriter, our desire is for groups to proactively manage chronic conditions within their plans. Non-compliance with a treatment plan leads to acute issues that are costly, both to the plan and to the patient’s well being. The OneCare program addresses the issue of non-compliance, which in turn will reduce the high cost of acute situations.”

For more information, contact:
Gary Austin, CEO
OneCare LLC
(404) 405-7665
gary.austin@onecare.me

CEO Gary Austin talks “Improving Patient Outcomes”

On September 8th, 2015, OneCare’s CEO Gary Austin was a featured guest on Business Radio X’s “Health Connect South” program. The show discussed “Improving Patient Outcomes” and included other guests, Dr. Kim Dennis, CEO/Director for Timberline Knolls, her colleague Sara Bright, and Marc O’Connor of Curant Health. Aubrey Daniels, of Aubrey Daniels International, accompanied Gary to speak about the importance of addressing behavior for improving compliance.

You can listen to the full show online by clicking here.

The show is also available through Health Connect South’s Podcast. After locating their Podcast in your favorite app or web service, search for title, “Improving Patient Outcomes” (currently listed 2nd).

Attending mHealth Summit

CEO Gary Austin will be at the 2014 mHealth Summit this week. Located in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside of DC, this conference is one of the largest of its kind and OneCare is thrilled to be a part of it!

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We were honored to be offered a spot at the summit within the Walgreens booth – a company OneCare recently integrated with as part of a Challenge Post competition! (Additional details about the recent integration with Walgreens to follow this post.)

Be be sure to come by and say hello if you’re attending the conference!

 

Bringing mHealth & EHR to Long-Term Care

A report on Long-Term Care by the U.S. Commission in 2013 stated that the number of people in the United States dependent on long-term care is predicted to increase from 12 to 27 million by 2050. This large increase in patient numbers will place a heavy burden on long-term care providers who will be tasked with keeping track of the growing patient population.

LongTermCare Although technology is becoming more widely accepted in the medical field, only 17% of U.S. assisted-living and residential care communities are using electronic health records (EHRs) according to a data brief released by the National Center for Health Statistics in September of 2013. This presents a huge market for long-term care focused EHR, telemedicine and mHealth EHR developments.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead is one long-term care provider ready to adopt such technology to improve their existing services.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead

CareMinders of Buckhead is a medical and non-medical home care company that works to professionally and compassionately help elders stay independent.  As one of only 8% of home care companies nationally that have been awarded The Joint Commission Accreditation, CM of Buckhead is committed to the highest quality of care available which fosters peace of mind among all family members.  Through a highly trained and experienced staff led by a Director of Nursing with more than 39 years of caregiving and case management experience, the care provided to families is unsurpassed.

OneCare has recently partnered with CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead to provide the opportunity for both individuals and their families to be even more engaged in the positive outcomes of their health.

OneCare‘s technology was developed to ease the burden that chronic illness places on an individual and their family members. By making it easy to compile, view and even track multiple health-related values such as blood pressure and glucose, people begin to get a better idea of their overall health picture. In addition to a centralized dashboard, the OneCare platform allows users to invite other people to have access to any or all of their information, including their doctors.

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Within the system itself, a user has the ability to set specific goals, schedule tasks and even initiate email, text or phone call notifications for those tasks. For example, an individual with hypertension could be instructed by their doctor to record their blood pressure twice a day for two weeks. The person can schedule this task within their OneCare account, notify themselves that a task is due soon, notify a family member if they failed to take the reading, and even notify a care provider if a value is recorded as abnormally high or low.

In addition, the platform has integrated many devices to simplify the process even further. Activity trackers from companies including Fitbit and Withings are directly linked, allowing data to be directly synced with the OneCare system. Other devices include wireless glucometers, blood pressure monitors, weight scales and even pulse oximeters.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead has recently developed working relationships with several Independent Living Facilities where they will house on-site offices.

The idea is to offer residents a program that includes the benefits of nursing services through use of OneCare’s Platform.

Proposed Plan Offerings:

  1. Initial setup
    • Create OneCare account
    • Risk assessment
    • Fill out all health data
    • Connect family members to OneCare account
    • Setup any purchased devices
    • Enroll into any selected programs
  2. Data entry (appointments, changes in diagnoses, medication changes, etc)
  3. Care Plan Activities
    • Education
    • Welness Programs
    • Medication Management
    • Fall Prevention Strategies
    • Setup any purchased devices
  4. Progress updates and feedback
  5. Use of an on-site clinic monitoring station (for BP, weight, etc)

Plan Benefits:

  1. Daily monitoring for peace of mind
  2. Weekly or daily contact to prevent social isolation
  3. Motivation and support for a healthy lifestyle
  4. Professional oversight for disease states like hypertension, diabetes, CHF and Alzheimer’s
  5. Keep family in the loop and fully engaged
  6. Keep medical team apprised of any changes or concerning medical readings
  7. Real-time intervention when necessary

The first plans will be offered August 1, 2014 in conjunction with the opening of a brand new independent living facility in the Atlanta area. Agreements for offering the joint plan in additional communities are already being developed. Since this is one of the first offerings of its kind, there is a huge potential for growth as the adaption of technology is just beginning to enter the long-term care industry.

Both OneCare and CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead are excited about the potential the relationship provides for the full continuum of home care and oversight so that loved ones are able to enjoy independence for even longer.

OneCare is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week

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This September, OneCare — as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare —is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week.  National Health IT Week is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

With Meaningful Use now providing the way forward, eligible providers across the country increasingly understand the benefits for themselves and their patients, and are adopting Meaningful Use compliant electronic health records.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country, including National Health IT Week participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s activities. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, OneCare is helping to transform healthcare for all.

Presenting at 2013 SEMDA Conference

Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA)
has selected OneCare as a 2013 Conference presenter!

This year’s SEMDA Conference will be held on February 19-20, 2013, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta.

See more information about the conference and selected presenters here.