iGetBetter Provides Care Plans for CMS-mandated CJR Bundled Payment Program

iGetBetter Provides Care Plans for CMS-mandated CJR Bundled Payment Program
Includes care plans for pre-surgery conditioning, post-surgery recovery and patient reported outcomes

Sudbury, Mass., September 28, 2016 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of mobile digital health solutions that provide remote outpatient engagement for better outcomes for acute episodes of care as well as chronic care and long term population health management, announced today the addition of orthopedic care plans designed to help providers participating in the CMS Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) model.  Mandated by CMS beginning April 1, 2016 for hip and knee replacements for more than 800 hospitals in 67 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the CJR program includes bundled payments and quality measurements, including Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs).

“Through remote patient engagement, management and monitoring, the iGetBetter system helps providers improve outcomes and meet the challenges of controlling costs and collecting PROs used in quality measurements,” said iGetBetter CEO Win Burke.

The iGetBetter system for CJR combines three important phases: pre-op conditioning, post-op monitoring and rehabilitation, and patient reported outcomes, all combined in one easy-to-use system.

Pre-Op Conditioning
Clinicians use iGetBetter to engage patients and optimally prepare them for surgery by providing PT exercise videos, monitoring pre-op joint pain levels and delivering teaching points. Additionally, clinicians can manage clinical comorbidities to maximize surgical readiness.

Post-Op Rehabilitation
Patients receive specific daily care instructions in the form of pain and wound management, physical therapy videos and questions designed to identify signs and symptoms of surgical complications. Patient compliance is markedly improved because they are able to perform their tasks at home and at their convenience.

Patient Reported Outcomes
Providers use iGetBetter to easily obtain CMS-mandated PRO’s from patients and integrate this information into your existing EHR system. Available PROs include: KOOS, HOOS, PROMIS and VR-12.

Benefits

  • Pre-designed care plans and library of PT videos and instructions that can be easily customized
  • Standardization of care delivery
  • Increased patient compliance
  • Automatic deployment of answers to frequently asked questions
  • Designed to help reduce post-surgical costs

All Combined in One Easy-To-Use Out-of-the-Box Solution
The iGetBetter CJR system has been piloted by two hospitals performing total knee replacements, with excellent patient engagement and response. With improvements based on this early experience, the iGetBetter system for CJR is now available for general release. The basic set of CJR care plans can be deployed immediately, and is totally customizable by the provider institution, as well as by the individual clinicians, down to the level of the individual patient.

iGetBetter will be demonstrating its CJR system at the ICJR Transatlantic Orthopaedic Congress October 6-9 in New York City.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., a mobile digital health company, develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based software solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions and lower costs by remotely engaging patients in their treatments and recovery from acute episodes of care, as well as monitor and intervene with patients who have chronic conditions and are part of a population health management program.  For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com or contact info@igetbetter.com.

iGetBetter, Inc. Closes Series A Financing

iGetBetter, Inc. Closes Series A Financing
Private investors add $1.1M, the total investment amount related to the Series A is $2.6M

Sudbury, Mass., February 18, 2015 - iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of cloud-based post-acute care transition solutions to help healthcare providers reduce readmissions and unnecessary costs, announced today the closing of a Series A investment round. Investors in this round were private investors, and included angel investors as well as members of the iGetBetter management team. This investment round added $1.1M to the Series A. Including shares previously issued to two investors in consideration for their funding of the prototype of the iGetBetter product, the investment amount related to the Series A shares is $2.6M.

During 2014 a half dozen healthcare providers across the country have piloted the iGetBetter system, with two of these pilots having already converted to commercial contracts. Several more providers are beginning pilots in the next few weeks. Pilots include patients with congestive heart failure, total knee and hip replacements, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hypertension, diabetes and depression, and in some cases include patients with more than one of these conditions.

The company will use the Series A funds to complete these pilots and convert them to commercial contracts, as well as for general operations.

“We are helping healthcare providers such as hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and physician practice groups reduce costs by engaging patients in their own care plans using mobile devices and consumer biometric devices. This enables clinicians to monitor patients’ biometric data as well as patients’ self-reported data, allowing clinicians to intervene when necessary to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions and physician office visits”, said Win Burke, iGetBetter’s CEO. “We are very pleased with our first year of pilots with healthcare providers, and are gratified that these initial pilots are converting to commercial deployments of the iGetBetter system. We look forward to completing these initial pilots, and preparing for a phase of growth in 2015 and 2016.”

Boston law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP served as corporate counsel for this investment round.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based care transition solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions by engaging patients in their treatments and recovery as they transition from hospital to home. For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com or contact info@igetbetter.com.

iGetBetter Expands Patient Care Plan Footprint at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital

iGetBetter Expands Patient Care Plan Footprint at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
CHF Pilot Leads to Commercial Deployment for CHF and Hypertension Patients

Sudbury, Mass., February 10, 2015 - iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today the expansion of its successful pilot program for patients suffering from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital to a commercial deployment that will also include hypertension patients. Signature Healthcare includes Brockton Hospital, a nonprofit teaching hospital south of Boston, and Signature Medical Group, 150 employed primary and specialty care physicians practicing in 7 locations. The iGetBetter cloud-based platform bridges transition of care from hospital to home and engages patients to play an active role in their own care, thus improving outcomes and helping reduce readmissions.

Initiated as a pilot in February 2014 by Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital’s Homeward Bound Program for CHF patients who were categorized as high risk for 30-day readmissions, 35 patients were enrolled by December 2014. During the pilot period, none were readmitted to the hospital for CHF related complications. In addition, there were considerable reductions in emergency department visits, inpatient stays, and outpatient appointments for cardiology and internal medicine, ranging from 68% to 92%.

“We created the Homeward Bound program to help reduce unnecessary readmissions of CHF patients”, said Michelle Heath, R.N., coordinator of Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital’s Homeward Bound Program. “Our readmission rate was 27%, and the national average is 25%. The iGetBetter system helped us engage patients in their own care and allowed us to intervene before an ED visit or readmission became necessary, and helped us to dramatically reduce readmissions. Because of our excellent results with iGetBetter, we are expanding its use to hypertension patients.”

In the CHF pilot, patients were assigned a clinician-approved CHF Care Plan, and issued iPad minis for the communication of daily care plan instructions. The patients also received Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure cuffs used to automatically gather biometric data. These data points were communicated via the iPad mini to the Homeward Bound program clinicians’ dashboard, including alerts if a patient’s data exceeded thresholds set by the clinicians, allowing them to intervene if necessary.

“Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is a very forward-thinking provider. The iGetBetter platform allows its conscientious clinicians to increase their virtual presence with their patients, to engage them in their own care, and to intervene quickly before patients decompensate clinically to the point of requiring ED visits or hospitalization,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at iGetBetter. “Their Homeward Bound program is to be complimented as a very successful example of how providers can proactively improve care transition for their patients, improve outcomes and reduce costs.”

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based care transition solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions by engaging patients in their treatments and recovery as they transition from hospital to home. For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com or contact info@igetbetter.com.

About Signature Healthcare
Signature Healthcare is a multi-specialty, not for profit hospital and physician group comprised of Brockton Hospital and more than 150 physicians practicing in 11 ambulatory locations. We are one of the only not-for-profit community based healthcare delivery systems in Southeastern MA providing the full range of high quality primary care, specialty care, hospital care and related ancillary services on a coordinated basis delivered at a low cost. We are an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. www.mysignaturecare.org


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Increased Patient Satisfaction Found During iGetBetter for TKR Patient Care Pilot

Increased Patient Satisfaction Found During iGetBetter for TKR Patient Care Pilot
Pre- and Post-Op Care Plans Intended To Improve Outcomes and Avoid Readmissions

Sudbury, Mass., February 4, 2015 - iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today that Ran Schwarzkopf MD, Assistant Professor at UC Irvine Medical center  has begun a pilot of the iGetBetter system with a patient care plan for Total Knee Replacement (TKR). The iGetBetter cloud-based platform bridges transition of care from hospital to home and engages patients to play an active role in their own care, thus improving outcomes while helping reduce the costs for unnecessary office visits, physical therapy visits, and readmissions.

Patients are enrolled in an iGetBetter TKR care plan that includes both pre-op instructions and questions, as well as post-op instructions and questions regarding pain levels and other information important to the clinician.  The patient receives daily a list of physical therapy exercises to be performed that day, including 8-10 seconds videos showing exactly how to perform the exercises, and is asked to confirm that the exercises have been performed.  Surgeons and their team monitor their adherence and progress, and intervene if necessary.

“We initiated the iGetBetter pilot in October 2014, to explore how using mobile devices daily for patient engagement, communication of their care plan and monitoring of their adherence to their care plan and their progress might help improve the outcomes for TKR patients, said Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, an orthopedic surgeon at UC Irvine Medical Center.  “Early results are encouraging with increased levels of patient satisfaction, engagement and adherence, and we are looking forward to extending the pilot to hip replacement patients.”

“UC Irvine orthopaedic department, with their perioperative surgical home program, is a wonderfully motivated, patient-centric provider. The iGetBetter platform allows these conscientious clinicians to maintain a virtual presence with their patients, to monitor them daily, and to intervene quickly if circumstances warrant,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at iGetBetter. “Their orthopedic program is to be complimented as a perfect example of how providers can use modern technology to meaningfully improve patient lives.”

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based care transition solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions by engaging patients in their treatments and recovery as they transition from hospital to home.  For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com  or contact info@igetbetter.com.

iGetBetter and GoodLux Technology Tackle Comorbidity of Depression with Chronic Conditions

iGetBetter and GoodLux Technology Tackle Comorbidity of Depression with Chronic Conditions
Triple-Aim Focused Companies Engage Patients and Assist ACOs to Reduce Cost

Sudbury, Mass., and Boston, Mass., January 21, 2015 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, and GoodLux Technology, a provider of a light management solution for treatment of depression, announced today they will partner to develop a solution for patients battling depression by creating the SunSprite Care Plan that can be combined with the appropriate iGetBetter care plan for patients with chronic diseases.

The iGetBetter cloud-based platform bridges transition of care from hospital to home and engages patients post discharge in their own care, thus improving outcomes and helping to reduce readmissions. The SunSprite Solution, consists of a wearable light tracker connected to a mobile app that provides metrics about individual progress with real-time feedback and analytics for bright light therapy which improves patients’ adherence and outcomes.

Depression Self-care Plan to Support Efficacy of Treatment of Comorbid Conditions
“With iGetBetter, we will immediately gain access to a powerful and flexible software platform and dashboard to engage clinicians in the care of their patients,” said Ed Likovich, CEO at GoodLux Technology.  “Given our focus on depression, we know that its high comorbidity with other chronic conditions significantly increases medical costs for patients. I am confident that our joint solution will offer better care for patients and lower cost for providers."

As reported by the CDC (Mental Health and Chronic Diseases, Issue Brief No. 2, October 2012), “Depression is found to co-occur in 17% of cardiovascular cases, 23% of cerebrovascular cases, and with 27% of diabetes patients and more than 40% of individuals with cancer.”  Using bright light therapy to control and reduce depression can improve the efficacy of the overall care plans of patients suffering from comorbidities including depression and chronic diseases. Self-care supports the Triple Aim goals by enhancing patient engagement, improving population health through better patient outcomes and reducing per capita patient cost.

“We are excited to partner with GoodLux Technology in this critical area,” said Win Burke, CEO at iGetBetter.  “This is an important milestone in iGetBetter’s efforts to integrate personal biometric devices with our software platform, making available our backend clinician application system to take advantage of the benefits of these devices in a clinical environment.”

Data from the SunSprite device connected to the patient’s mobile device will be automatically uploaded to the iGetBetter database along with self-reported patient data such as mood and energy levels and other items of interest to the clinician. In addition, other biometric and self-reported data relevant to comorbidity care plans are uploaded to the iGetBetter mobile app.  This way, clinicians can review the data daily using the iGetBetter application dashboard, monitor patient progress, both for depression and the comorbid medical conditions, respond to alerts and intervene if necessary.

Seeking Pilots: Combating the Effect of Depression on Chronic Disease
The first joint pilot will be conducted with a physician practice group in Park City, UT. The iGetBetter and the GoodLux Technology teams of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts are seeking additional no-cost pilots for patients with comorbid conditions which are susceptible to depression, such as congestive heart failure (CHF), acute coronary syndrome (ACS), hypertension and diabetes.

About GoodLux Technology
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, GoodLux Technology designs, manufactures and manages the SunSprite solution, a wearable and cloud-based light management solution which engages patients to self-manage depression by effectively using bright light therapy (BLT). The GoodLux team, comprised of doctors, engineers, physicists and healthcare experts, utilizes its science background to create simple solutions for hectic, modern life. For more information, please visit www.sunsprite.com or contactinfo@sunsprite.com. .

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based care transition solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions by engaging patients in their treatments and recovery as they transition from hospital to home.  For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com  or contact info@igetbetter.com.

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Contact: Win Burke                             
win@iGetBetter.com
Twitter: @winburke
Cell/text: 617-901-5127                                  

Contact: Ed Likovich
ed@SunSprite.com
Twitter: @elikovich
Cell/text: 724-301-4673

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