I am very pleased to report that Partners Healthcare at Home (PHH) has entered into a commercial contract with iGetBetter to begin using the iGetBetter system to manage and monitor the care plans of its Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patients. The first patient was enrolled yesterday, December 15, 2015.
Partners HealthCare at Home is part of Partners HealthCare, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), serving Eastern Massachusetts.
This project is the result of a pilot study done with CHF patients in 2013 by Partners Center for Connected Health (CCH) in conjunction with MGH. The positive results of this study has led to several additional projects within the Partners network, including not only the PHH project, but additional pilots at BWH (for patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) and Faulkner Hospital (for Total Knee Replacement patients).
In the PHH project, patients are issued an iPad mini, as well as a Bluetooth-enabled weight scale and blood pressure cuff. For 60 days, the patients receive care plan instructions daily on their iPad minis, and respond to questions as well as take their weight and blood pressure. All of the data are transmitted via the cloud to the clinicians monitoring the patients, and if a patient triggers an alert with data that is outside acceptable parameters, a clinician can intervene. The objective is to reduce office and ED visits, and unnecessary readmissions, thereby reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.
Win Burke, President and CEO