iGetBetter Implements a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Pilot at Tallahassee Memorial

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iGetBetter Implements a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Pilot at Tallahassee Memorial
The Triple-Aim Health System Engages Patients Post Discharge to Help Reduce Readmissions
Waltham, Mass.,

 Lauren Faison, Administrator Regional Development, Population Health and Telemedicine

Lauren Faison, Administrator Regional Development, Population Health and Telemedicine

Waltham, Mass., August 13, 2014 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today the addition of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH), a private, not-for-profit health care system serving 17 counties in North Florida and South Georgia, to its roster of hospitals piloting its flagship care transition platform. The iGetBetter cloud-based platform bridges transition of care from hospital to home and engages patients in their own care, thus improving outcomes and helping to reduce readmissions.
 
In 2011, in partnership with the Florida State University College of Medicine and Capital Health Plan, TMH created the Transition Care Center with the mission to reduce healthcare cost by lowering readmissions in the Leon County in Florida.  The establishment of the Center enabled the hospital and the community to collaborate on population health management and has already impacted more than 5,000 patients.  Remote patient monitoring allows the Center to intervene and assist the patient while they are at home, which reduces visits to the emergency room and the hospital, and allows patients to gain a better understanding of how to manage their own health.
 
“The initial response from the high-risk patients we enrolled in the CHF pilot of the iGetBetter platform has been very positive,” said Lauren Faison, administrator at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Transition Center. “The patients found the platform easy to use and are engaged to communicate their health status with both their medical providers as well as their family.”
 
TMH Transition Care Center Achieving Early Triple-Aim Goals
With the new risk-sharing payment models, providers need rapid deployment of care transition solutions that can help them engage and monitor their patients.  Many hospitals trying to achieve a better population health standard have undergone the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple-Aim Initiative collaborative training.
 
“It is not surprising that a hospital which is part of IHI’s Triple-Aim initiative is leading the use of technology to help achieve the three goals of better patient experience, quality outcome and lower cost,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., chief medical officer at iGetBetter. “In this CHF pilot, the TMH Transition Center’s team identifies the best patients suited for self-health management and provides them with the blood pressure cuff and scale, as well as an overview of how to use iGetBetter for interaction with their clinical team as well as their family members.”
 
The TMH Transition Center has implemented several innovative strategies including the use of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, and has embraced transitional care as an effective means for ensuring that patients receive the necessary care they need to heal well and ultimately live well after a hospital stay. The multidisciplinary team comprised of a physician, pharmacist, nurse, and social worker work collaboratively to ensure that patients can access follow up treatment and ongoing care. These efforts have already proven to be successful in reducing costs and improving outcomes.

Seeking Pilots
The iGetBetter team of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts is conducting pilots for congestive heart failure (CHF) and total knee replacement (TKR) patients in various hospitals.  In addition, the company is actively seeking additional pilot opportunities for patients with conditions such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), joint replacement and other high volume or high expenditure conditions.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Waltham, 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 contact info@igetbetter.

iGetBetter Expands Its Care Transition Solution with a Care Plan for Total Knee Replacement

iGetBetter Expands Its Care Transition Solution with a Care Plan for Total Knee Replacement
TKR Care Plan Engages Patients Post Surgery to Help Reduce Readmissions

Waltham, Mass., June 18, 2014 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today the addition of the Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Care Plan template to its library of care plan templates. The TKR Care Plan template is used with the iGetBetter cloud-based platform for the rapid deployment of a care transition solution. It is focused on post-surgery treatments bridging the transition of care from hospital to home that engages the patient in their own care, improving outcomes and helping reduce readmissions.

Total knee replacements are one of the key areas of focus for the new cost-saving programs that are part of healthcare reform, and are getting increased attention with the objective of reducing costly post-surgery complications and readmissions. The cost of TKR averages about $25,000 per procedure, and with the new risk-sharing payment models, providers need rapid deployment of care transition solutions that can help them engage and monitor their patients.

“We have been working closely with an orthopedic clinical team at a Boston-area teaching hospital to create a TKR care plan template that will help patients and their caregivers shorten the time from surgery to full recovery, and to improve outcomes,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., chief medical officer at iGetBetter. “In a pilot with their knee replacement patients , this orthopedic team will use the iGetBetter TKR Care Plan template and edit and customize for each patient with the goal of helping them recover quickly and reduce readmissions.”

The iGetBetter TKR Care Plan template can be edited and customized for each patient. For example, the care plan for a younger or physically active person may be different than the plan for an older or less active person. The TKR Care Plan template has the following elements:

  • Reminders: patients are reminded about signs and symptoms of common post-op problems such as blood clots, infection, over exercising.
  • Advice: timely advice about post-op wound/dressing care, icing requirements, specific guidance about when to shower, reminders for follow-up appointments
  • Video exercises: Provides videos of exercises to be performed on specific days post-op.
  • Patient input: patients are asked pointed post-op questions about important parameters such as various pain levels (while moving, at rest, with flexion), nausea level, and nightly quality of sleep.
  • Clinician alerts and action: as with any other iGetBetter care plan, clinicians are alerted when any of the parameters are outside of the standard and follow up with patient to correct or adapt the plan.


Library of Care Plan Templates
iGetBetter has developed a library of care plan templates, to which the TKR Care Plan template has been added:
Total Knee Replacement (TKR)/Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
Rotator Cuff Surgery
ACL Reconstruction Surgery
Hypertension
Pneumonia
… (additional care plan templates are being developed)

For additional information regarding care plans, register for the second episode of the iGetBetter “Triple Aim Care Transition” Webinar Series: How Care Plans can Improve Population Health Management & Reduce Per Capita Cost" at noon ET on June 26, 2014.

Care Plan Editor
The patent-pending iGetBetter Care Plan Editor is an easy-to-use visual drag-and-drop tool that clinicians may use to create new care plans and edit existing care plan templates. Provider institutions may create a standardized discharge and care plan for their patients, which clinicians may then customize for each individual patient. The care plan instructions for each patient are communicated to them daily via either the Web or mobile devices, and the clinician can monitor the each patient’s adherence to their care plan and intervene when necessary.

Seeking TKR and Other Pilots
The iGetBetter team of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts is conducting pilots for congestive heart failure (CHF) and total knee replacement (TKR) patients in some Massachusetts hospitals. In addition, the company is actively seeking additional pilot opportunities for patients with conditions such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), joint replacement and other high volume or high expenditure conditions.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Waltham, 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 - or contact info@igetbetter.

iGetBetter Selects Validic As Its Integration Platform For a Broad Range of Devices

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iGetBetter Selects Validic As Its Integration Platform For a Broad Range of Devices
Biometric Data Supporting Care Plans Can Improve Care Transitions and Reduce Readmissions

Waltham, Mass., and Durham, NC, June 10, 2014 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, and Validic, the healthcare industry's premier technology platform for accessing digital health data, announced today that iGetBetter has selected the Validic platform to access data from a broad range of available biometric devices as part of its care transition solution focused on reducing readmissions.

In today’s digital health ecosystem, a patient transitioning from hospital to home often uses one or more biometric devices, such as weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, activity trackers and many others, often from different manufacturers, and connected to mobile devices running Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows. Being able to collect data from multiple devices, regardless of their manufacturing source and to which software platform they are connected, is an important part of providing the best possible care to the patient. 

“In a complex care transition process with multiple providers and many devices, it is of great value to have an integration platform like Validic to make providing our solution easier,” said Win Burke, CEO of iGetBetter. “Having to develop an API for each of the devices used by providers and patients versus developing only one to Validic, was a simple choice. We will depend on the Validic platform to collect and connect patient data and deliver it real time into the iGetBetter solution, so we can focus on improving care transitions. Our team has started working on the new API and we expect to be able to deliver it as part of our solution in a matter of weeks.

Validic currently supports more than one hundred devices giving providers using the iGetBetter solution a broad choice of biometric data for use by their patients during post-acute care transition.  The access to data from multiple devices, including sensors, wearables or in-home medical devices, in real time, promises to provide a better overview of patients’ health and ultimately assist patients toward faster recovery and avoiding hospital readmissions.

“We are proud that iGetBetter selected our platform for its integration needs,” said Ryan Beckland, co-founder and CEO of Validic. “The team at iGetBetter has a great focus on reducing hospital readmissions through online care delivery and remote monitoring. By using Validic, they are able to quickly and efficiently access actionable digital health data to further enhance care transitions for patients.”

About Validic
Validic is the healthcare industry's premier technology platform for convenient, easy data access to a world of digital health and in-home devices, wearables and patient healthcare applications. By connecting its growing base of customers — that includes providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and health systems — to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic's innovative, scalable and reliable technology delivers actionable, standardized, FDA Class I MDDS, HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from best in-class mobile health devices and applications. Validic's leading global mobile health ecosystem reaches over 42 million lives and continues to grow daily.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Waltham, MA, iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a Web-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.  The iGetBetter team of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts is currently conducting pilots for congestive heart failure (CHF) and total knee replacement (TKR) patients in some Massachusetts hospitals.  In addition, the company is actively seeking additional pilot opportunities for patients with conditions such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), joint replacement and other high volume or high expenditure conditions. For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com or contact info@igetbetter.com

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Contact: Win Burke
win@igetbetter.com
@winburke
Cell/Text: 617.901.5127

iGetBetter To Sponsor MHA 2014 Annual Hospital-Physicians Leader Conference

iGetBetter To Sponsor MHA 2014 Annual Hospital-Physicians Leader Conference
Conference to Focus on Improving Care Transitions and Reducing Readmissions

Waltham, Mass., June 5, 2014 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today that it will sponsor and exhibit its solution at the Massachusetts Hospital Association 2014 Annual Hospital-Physician Leader Conference: Engaging Physicians in Improving Care Transitions and Reducing Readmissions, to be held on June 19 in Burlington, MA.

“Many physicians naturally assume leading roles on care teams to make for a better experience for patients and their families, as well as to help their hospitals achieve better results and avoid patient readmissions,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., chief medical officer at iGetBetter. “We are very excited to hear first-hand from physicians at this conference about their evolving roles, and we look forward to demonstrating our approach that seeks to enhance care transitions via increased patient engagement with the goal of reducing admissions.”

Physicians are taking a leadership role in care teams, helping to formulate tactics and develop collaborative strategies needed to optimize the patient’s treatment. This year’s conference will take a look at emerging areas of best practices in care transitions, especially from the physician’s perspective.

Demonstrating CHF Care Plan & Seeking Other Pilots
The iGetBetter team of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts is conducting pilots for congestive heart failure (CHF) and total knee replacement (TKA) patients in some Massachusetts hospitals, and will be demonstrating the CHF care plan at the conference, as well as showcasing results.
In addition, the company is actively seeking additional pilot opportunities for patients with conditions such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), joint replacement and other high volume or high expenditure conditions.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Waltham, 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.

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

iGetBetter Announces “Triple Aim Care Transition” Webinar Series

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iGetBetter Announces “Triple Aim Care Transition” Webinar Series
Focus on Post-Discharge Care Transition to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Readmissions

Waltham, Mass., May 7, 2014 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today its seminar series “Triple Aim Care Transitions”, which will explore how improved post-acute care transition and active patient engagement in their own care plan can result in better patient outcomes, reduce unnecessary readmissions and help manage the overall cost of healthcare.

“There is a growing realization that improving the patient experience and increasing active patient engagement in their own care may be a strong predictive metric for better health outcomes and for reducing hospital readmissions, which ultimately impacts the efficacy of our health system. Our initial pilots with congestive heart failure (CHF) patients in local hospitals support that thesis,” said Dr. David Lebudzinski, chief medical officer at iGetBetter. “In this Webinar series we wish to explore how providers can improve post discharge care transition to help achieve the Triple Aim objectives of better patient experience and engagement, improved health and lower cost per patient.”

The inaugural Webinar of the series will be held at noon EDT on May 21, and is entitled “Can patient engagement in their own post-discharge care improve outcomes and reduce readmissions?” Subsequent Webinars in the series will be scheduled on a regular basis.
Seeking Pilots

The iGetBetter team of clinicians, technologists and health organization experts is currently conducting pilots for congestive heart failure (CHF) and total knee replacement (TKA) patients in some Massachusetts hospitals. In addition, the company is actively seeking additional pilot opportunities for patients with conditions such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), joint replacement and other high volume or high expenditure conditions. To explore a pilot in your organization, contact info@igetbetter.com.

About iGetBetter
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Waltham, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a Web-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
617-901-5127
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