MedConnections launched its new mobile app, PACE Health Connect, featuring a patent pending interactive messaging system. Enterprise customers can provide employees, patients and members interactive messaging on 35 medical conditions with over 1,000 different messages, alerts and reminders to enhance their disease and lifestyle management.
"Our flagship app, iPharmacy, offers powerful prescription drug management tools that we know our 2,500,000 customers have long enjoyed," said Bill Cui PhD, CEO of MedConnections. "This new companion app , PACE Health Connect, complements those tools with vital health education information on Preventive Care Guidelines, Post Acute Care discharge instructions, Chronic Condition reminders and alerts, and environmental behavior change support."
The PACE Health Connect app may be provided to employees, patients or members as a freestanding app or integrated into an enterprise's existing outreach programs. "PACE Health Connect will increase employer's participation rates in Health & Wellness programs. Hospitals, especially those which have higher readmission rate and are subject to CMS's (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) readmission penalty under "Obamacare", a.k.a. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), will be able to establish direct contact with discharged patients within hours of their release. Payers will reduce their cost of patient communication while increasing their patient engagement rates", says Kevin Woodard, President of MedConnections.
Unlike other existing SMS programs, PACE Health Connect does not require a phone number to transmit vital messages to smartphone users and 300 million more tablet, iPad and iPod Touch owners. Instead of sending static text messages like other similar apps do, PACE Health Connect's patent pending interactive messaging system can collect and send messages according to receiver's response which follows a predefined process engine distilled from reliable public disease management guidance.
The first thing users will notice about PACE Health Connect is its sleek design and presentation of messages which makes it easier to understand and act on the information presented to patients.
"We are very deliberate with our design to ensure that messages are conversational and easy to understand," said Mr. Woodard. "We set out to create something engaging that anyone can use easily, but that connects employer, payer, hospital sponsors and caregivers with the flow of information to and from the patient."
PACE Health Connect helps self-insured employers, hospitals, payers and wellness programs:
- Recruit and retain patients to population health management programs while being able to report on outcomes in almost real time. Think of tracking the progress of tobacco quitters not once or twice per year, but every two weeks.
- Recruit post hospital discharge patients for follow-up care and provide information to care givers or condition management programs from the hour of discharge through 30 days post discharge. No requirement for expensive data analytics and electronic medical record analysis.
- Increase adherence to pharmacy and medical condition management regimes by triaging communications with nurse support programs.
- Decrease costs of patient communication, education and information material by 30% per year.
"MedConnections iPharmacy app won the best prescription reference app award and on its way to becoming one of the most popular pharmacy information and medication adherence apps available," said Dr. Cui. "Our new app, PACE Health Connect empowers patients even more to manage their own conditions with better and more timely information and within the guidelines set out by their physicians and caregivers".