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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

Parkway Place Activity Center

This past Thursday, May 19th, our office building at Parkway Place had a Grand Opening Celebration for their new Activity Center!

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The 1500 sq. ft. Activity Center features high fashion decor and lighting, and is provided by the Parkway Center management for the benefit and enjoyment of its tenants. It will be open all hours everyday and can even be reserved for special private events!

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Amenities include comfortable seating, tables for casual meetings or gatherings, professional grade ping pong table and a shuffleboard table!

Our team will certainly be putting the space to good use throughout the year! We are thoroughly enjoying our new office life at Parkway Place!

OneCare Integrates with Walgreens – Wins App Challenge!

Around the end of October, OneCare developer David Brelloch stumbled upon a competition listed on Challenge Post by Walgreens titled, “Balance Rewards App Challenge.” He has previously completed other competitions through this site (if you aren’t familiar with Challenge Post, click here) and decided to look into the details thinking OneCare’s platform may be a good entry.

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Click here for the official Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge post.

Walgreens’ API was giving third party apps permission to connect with their existing services in order to share individual health and wellness information such as steps walked, running activities, weight tracking, etc. In doing so, these connected users would earn Balance Rewards Points that equate to Walgreens’ discounts.  (more…)

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!

 

OneCare Selected as Care Management Platform for InHealth Mutual of Ohio

With the announcement of another major collaboration project, OneCare is once again proving itself as a leader in providing effective connected health solutions with its innovative care management platform. The OneCare platform has been chosen by InHealth Mutual of Ohio to host and implement several innovative care management programs, beginning with a Depression Management program launching in November.

“InHealth Mutual is honored to partner with OneCare in the creation of this innovative, member-centered tool helping people diagnosed with depression work with their chosen support team to better manage it,” said Dr. Barbara Freeman, M.D., FAAFP, CCM, Chief Administrative, Medical & Quality Officer of InHealth.

“As the only nonprofit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) in Ohio, we actively promote these and other types of innovations that elevate the effectiveness of care, empower members through disease knowledge and self-management and ultimately drive down costs. In fact, our mission is to provide quality, affordable health insurance that is responsive to the needs and wants of all Ohioans. We truly believe this new program will help remove barriers, increase wellness outcomes and improve quality of life for participants,” continued Dr. Freeman.

The OneCare Platform was chosen to deliver a fully encompassing program that provides education, assessments, mood logs, journals, as well as diet, exercise and medication tracking through mobile and web-based user experiences. Throughout each week of the program, multiple lifestyle factors are logged to help identify trends in user behavior as it correlates to depression. Enrolled participants are encouraged to engage a local support team of family and friends as part of the program as well as their primary care providers and other professional care givers. Providing secure messaging and data sharing as well as alerts and reminders via email, text message or voicemail, the Platform enables InHealth to effectively manage care collaboration amongst the local support team, professional care team, and in-house disease educations.

Another important facet of the Depression Management Program is medication management. Participants can input any medications they are currently prescribed (or have been in the past) as well dosage information and instructions. Schedules are then created, allowing participants to receive medication reminders as well as track compliance along with any side effects.

Gary Austin, CEO of OneCare, said “OneCare is thrilled to work with such an innovative insurer as InHealth Mutual of Ohio to improve the lives of its members while lowering the cost of care by providing simple yet effective tools for self-care and population health management.”

 

About OneCare
Leveraging a large ecosystem of connected mHealth devices, a private social network, big data analytics, proven behavioral science expertise, and over twelve years of founder Health IT experience, OneCare has developed the next generation connected health platform that encourages and tracks patient compliance with doctors’ care plans and enables the full potential of cost savings through increased patient, family and care team engagement. For more information, visit www.onecare.me.

About InHealth Mutual
InHealth Mutual is a nonprofit insurer — a consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) — built for members by members to provide quality, affordable health insurance that is responsive to the needs and wants of all Ohioans. It is different from the traditional insurers given its nonprofit status and focus on individuals and small businesses which will manifest in a governing board of directors that includes members (policy holders) after the initial start-up period. In addition, profits will be used to lower the cost of care, enhance benefits or decrease premiums. Being accountable to members versus stockholders is a paradigm shift InHealth believes will result in better health insurance for the people it covers. In 2014, InHealth is offering insurance products to individuals, small businesses and groups through brokers and private exchanges. This is in preparation to expand in 2015 to also offer insurance products on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). InHealth Mutual is a trade name of Coordinated Health Mutual. For more information, visit www.inhealthohio.org.

 

Official Press Release can be found on Yahoo Finance at the following link:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/onecare-selected-care-management-platform-101500555.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

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.

Membership in Leading Edge Healthcare Professionals

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We are pleased to announce that OneCare is now a member of Leading Edge Healthcare Professionals. LEHP is an organized team of professionals put in place to help healthcare businesses improve and grow.

The purpose of Leading Edge Healthcare Professionals, Ltd. is to provide a direct networking opportunity through monthly group meetings for its members to:

  • Build relationships – by developing, providing and sharing in activities that best promote networking and lead exchanging for the benefit of its members;
  • Share best business practices – by encouraging business growth and professional development; and
  • Generate referrals – by implementing and maintaining a method for exchanging business leads between members.

We are excited about the networking opportunities OneCare will have with this new membership, and look forward to having LEHP as a strategic partner in the future!