CCA Featured Members: January 2013

Every month, CCA features the work and contributions to the population health industry of some of its members. This brief highlights are shared through the CCA Connect: Voice of Population Health monthly newsletter.

Viridian Health Management

Understand. Engage. Impact.

Viridian Health Management’s (Viridian) corporate office is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and the company has a national health coaching network in over 31 states. It serves clients in the worksite health, healthcare and public health sectors through its pioneering HealthImpact™ System, a comprehensive health coaching system; an integrative approach to wellness and Maestro™ care management technology solution.

Viridian’s programs combine evidence-based best practices with a “learning from doing” approach that results in health and financial outcomes for its clients. Its employees embody a spirit for service, passion for promoting well-being and a collaborative attitude. Central to Viridian’s work is the ability to scale programs to impact the health of entire communities in places where people spend their time and receive healthcare services – worksites, schools, community centers, places of worship, retail pharmacies in the community and healthcare provider offices.

2013 will be an exciting year for Viridian with several innovative project and partnerships underway:

  • Continued work on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthy Worksite Program. In 2011, as a result of Viridian’s unique industry model, it was selected by the CDC and awarded $8 million dollars to implement the CDC National Healthy Worksite Program to develop and define a national model for worksite health programs.
  • Launch of the Viridian My Weigh 2 Prevent Diabetes™ program as part of Viridian’s work as a recognized CDC Diabetes Prevention Program partner.
  • Fulfillment of its commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to develop and implement interactive web-based tools for small employers to build worksite health plans and create learning communities to support program implementation and sustainability.
  • Launch of the Viridian Institute for Applied Health Improvement, which leverages Viridian’s health coaching expertise and provides a model for supporting prevention and disease management through training health coaches to reach people at the community level.
  • Delivering services to Viridian worksite health clients nationwide that provide best-in-class programming with industry exceeding participation rates of 85 percent.
  • Partnerships in value-based healthcare delivery environments that require new models for success such as integration of health coaching, health behavior change programs and care management technology.

To learn more about Viridian, visit its website at www.viridianhealth.com.

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Inovalon

Inovalon, Inc. is a leading technology-enabled healthcare solutions provider focused on the importance of healthcare data and its ability to drive dramatic, objective improvement in clinical and quality outcomes, care management and financial performance throughout the healthcare community. Proprietary healthcare datasets, aggregation and analysis capabilities, combined with a national infrastructure of leading-edge technology, clinical prowess and deep human resources, empower Inovalon’s advanced generation of healthcare assessment and improvement through highly informed solutions. Driven by data, Inovalon uniquely identifies gaps in care, quality, data integrity, and financial performance ­– while also bringing to bear the resources to resolve them. This differentiating combination provides a powerful capability suite, touching more than 540,000 physicians, 220,000 clinical facilities, and more than 120 million Americans, driving high‐value impact, improving the quality and economics for health plans, hospitals, physicians, patients, and researchers. Please visit www.inovalon.com for more information.

Host a Webinar through CCA

Educational Partnerships: Webinar 

The Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) organizes webinars in partnership with member organizations to serve as an educational avenue for knowledge sharing and community building to raise the profile of the population health industry as a whole. These 60-minutes webinars, hosted and managed by CCA, allow organizations to reach an engaged audience with live audio and slides.

What Should You Present?

• Case studies of operating programs with impact outcomes

• New research findings and outcomes

• How-to about care approaches and strategies

• Current issues or policy perspectives in wellness and care management

CCA leadership will help you identify topics* aligned with CCA’s research and advocacy goals as well as structure your webcast. CCA executive staff leadership participate in the educational event and can help identify high profile, highly regarded independent experts on an array of topics.

How CCA Builds Your Audience

The Care Continuum Alliance leverages various communications vehicles to build turnout for your webcast, including:

• Event marketing to proprietary contact list of more than 11,000 industry stakeholders (1 email per week).

• Active social media channels, including a 1,400+ member LinkedIn group and Twitter (1 posting per social media channel per week).

• Event notices in regular member communications, including the monthly CCA Connect: Voice of Population Health.

• Prominent display of event on CCA website home page and events listings.

• Media advisories and complimentary media access (at partner’s discretion.)

Promotion will begin four or more weeks prior to your event (subject to scheduling) and continue through the day of the webcast.

CCA Helps You Prepare

CCA staff will collect presenters’ slides, biographies and other related material and make content accessible for webcast attendees. CCA also will conduct a brief training session with your presenters to ensure familiarity with the presentation system and, if requested, to coordinate staff support to advance slides. Additionally, CCA will facilitate the webinar attendee registration process.

Value Continues Long After Your Event

Webinar partners will receive a roster of event attendees (includes attendee names, titles and company), and results of a post-webinar attendee survey within a week after the event (partners may help develop survey questions) Plus: CCA will make available on its website an archived, synchronized audio and slide recording of your webinar, meaning additional exposure long after your event ends.

Pricing and More Information

Pricing structure Attendee limit Attendee pricing Partner cost
Free access 150-seat cap $0 $5,000
Paid registration 150-seat cap $59 members/$79 non-members $3,000

* All webinar content and structure subject to CCA approval. Please provide a detailed summary of the proposed webinar topic.

CCA New Members Roll Call: January 2013

The Care Continuum Alliance welcomes three new members:

ICA:  Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) is more than just another health information technology (HIT) company selling “products” to hospitals and health systems. With deep roots in a uniquely clinical background, our mission is to offer you the proven technology already helping practicing clinicians in their quest to transform healthcare. At ICA, our approach goes beyond simple health information exchange (HIE), we are committed to the use of advanced data exchange to transform the healthcare experience.

Lumeris: Lumeris provides the information technology, guidance, and operational services necessary for hospitals and health plans to transform their organizations into high-performing accountable delivery systems. Our revolutionary technology platform for accountable care integrates data from disparate systems across the continuum of care, provides complete visibility into the clinical and financial performance of the enterprise, and delivers applications and information to key stakeholders at the point of thought.

Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds over 45,000 meetings each week where members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns, behavior modification and physical activity. WeightWatchers.com provides innovative, subscription weight management products over the Internet and is the leading Internet-based weight management provider in the world. In addition, Weight Watchers offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those interested in weight loss and weight control.

Pro-Change Behavior Systems: Pro-Change’s vision is to be the world leader in improving health and well-being by advancing cutting-edge science and offering engaging, evidence-based behavior change solutions through a variety of technologies and partners. Pro-Change is an internationally recognized behavior change company that partners with wellness companies and institutions to produce award winning programs that are designed to reduce multiple health risk behaviors and to enhance multiple domains of well-being while lowering health care costs and increasing productivity. We bring the most advanced developments in the science of behavior change to our programs.

CCA Forum 2013 Call for Proposals

   CCA Forum 2013 Call for Proposals 

   Submit Your Proposal

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A PROPOSAL?

HOW TO WRITE A WINNING PROPOSAL

CCA FORUM 2013 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND PRESENTATION POLICIES

Submit a proposal: Instead of a traditional abstract for a presentation, individuals can submit an idea for a session in various session formats. It will be very competitive.

Sessions formats (see descriptions below)

  • Engaged Presentation
  • Workshop
  • Working session
  • Panel session
  • Poster

Juried Award Format: As in 2012, the CCA Forum will have a juried award format.

Session Formats

We are going for creativity, innovation and inventiveness. We are also going for hands on learning and usefulness for the Population Health Management industry as a whole. Our attendees want to learn to:

–       apply concepts,

–       develop programs,

–       manage initiatives,

–       advocate for PHM,

–       educate the public, employers, policy and law makers,

–       establish effective partnership within the industry and across industries,

–       understand legislation and policy and their effects, and more.

If you have an idea for a topic, but you’re unsure about what format would work best, you are still encouraged to submit. The Program Committee will consider presentation options during the proposal review process.

Submit Your Proposal

We particularly encourage partnerships among companies and competitors for the delivery of strong workshops and presentations.
The Program Committee will review all completed proposals and then curate a unique conference experience. We may contact you to discuss other options for the format of your session.

These are the session formats:

Engaged Presentation
An oral presentation where you share your experiences and learning in developing and delivering innovative services, but includes structured, guided discussion throughout the session. Submit Your Proposal

Workshop

An in depth, interactive session. This might be a training session or a facilitated workshop on a particular topic and it is about achieving an outcome.

Working Session
Similar to the workshop in that it aims to achieve an outcome, but here the presenter/speaker poses a problem and lead attendees through exercises to develop solutions.

Panel Session
Panel sessions bring together a variety of speakers on a single topic. Panelists might provide a short introductory presentation before opening the floor for questions from the audience. Propose the topic, panelists and facilitator.

Poster Presentation
Poster presentations will be either scientific or innovative, and authors are required to be available for a specified period of time at the CCA Forum to discuss methods and results with interested visitors and colleagues.

International Symposium on Wellness and Chronic Care

The International Symposium on Wellness & Chronic Care, held in conjunction with the CCA Forum, will facilitate a comprehensive exchange of information on wellness, prevention, chronic condition management and other population health strategies from around the globe. The primary presenter must live and work full time outside of the United States; proposals without an international representative will not be considered.

Submit Your Proposal

 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A PROPOSAL?

HOW TO WRITE A WINNING PROPOSAL

CCA FORUM 2013 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND PRESENTATION POLICIES

REGISTER Now for Care Continuum Alliance Capitol Caucus, April 11

Care Continuum Alliance Capitol CaucusBe among the leaders in population health – The Capitol Caucus convenes the brightest minds in population health management.

The Care Continuum Alliance Capitol Caucus, April 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is the annual legislative and regulatory update for the population health industry. It brings together key Washington policymakers and population health management executives for a day of focused briefings on legislative and regulatory issues for wellness, prevention and care management in 2013. REGISTER NOW

Speakers will include representatives from Congress, the administration and federal agencies and think tanks.

REGISTER NOW

Become a Sponsor: Capitol Caucus Sponsor Application

RESERVE YOUR HOTEL NOW

Location

Venue:
Hotel Address:
900 10th Street NW
 
Washington, District of Columbia
 
Zipcode – 20001
Phone Number:
1-202-739-2001

REGISTER NOW

Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast & Registration
9:00 – 9:30 am Keynote Speaker
David Merritt, Partner
Leavitt Partners, LLC
Policy Essentials for Population Health Management
9:30 – 10:30 am Panel: Health Insurance Exchanges: Understanding key aspects of the Health Exchanges regulatory framework for PHM stakeholders

Mila Kofman, Executive Director DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority

Mohammad N. Akhter, M.D., Chairman

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Board

Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A.

Interim Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health

10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:45 am Panel: Determining the impact of new Wellness regulations and legislation on the PHM industry

Andi Fristedt, Health Policy Advisor
US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Rodney Whitlock, Health Director
US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker
G. William Hoagland Senior Vice President (Invited)
Bipartisan Policy CenterThe Affordable Care Act: Key implementation and policy considerations including payment system improvements for 2013 and beyond
1:30 – 2:30 pm Panel: Health Technology Innovations – Navigating the Health Technology Innovations policy landscape to demonstrate value and expand business opportunities


Cora Tung Han, Counsel

Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission

Matthew Quinn
Director of Health Care Initiatives
Federal Communications Commission

Dr. Kathy Hsu Wibberly, Director
Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center University of Virginia Center for Telehealth 

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Moderated Discussion:  Evidence-Based Advocacy: Getting to Dynamic Scoring of Wellness and Prevention Initiatives
3:35 – 4:45 pm USpeak – NetworkThinking Roundtable on Policy Strategy and Advocacy Agenda
4:45 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
5:15 – 6:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception (by invitation only)

Registration Fees

CCA Members – $375
Non-Members – $475

Sponsors

Become a Sponsor: Capitol Caucus Sponsor Application 

Breakfast & Kickoff

QualcommLife

Badge/Lanyard

Inovalon

Wellness Panel Sponsor: $5,000
• Introduction of the Panel
• Event room signage
• Ad in the Program
• One (1) event registration
• Recognition on the website

REGISTER NOW

RESERVE YOUR HOTEL NOW

Learn More

Contact Cindy DeClark cdeclark@carecontinuumalliance.org or (202) 737-5681 to learn more about CCA’s Capitol Caucus sponsorship opportunities.

Venue: Embassy Suites Washington D.C. – Convention Center

CCA Executive Director to Speak at Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium

 

The Care Continuum Alliance is a cosponsor of the 13th Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium, and Fred Goldstein, CCA Executive Director (interim) will take part on the closing session: Health Leaders Panel — What Does the Future Hold? 

The Jefferson School of Population Health will host their annual Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium, March 13-15, 2013 in Philadelphia at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.  This 3-day conference will focus on a number of timely issues, including the impact of health reform, the importance of collaboration and innovation, shared decision making, new wellness and prevention initiatives, health information technology, and the importance of educating current and future leaders in health care.  For full program information, go to www.populationhealthcolloquium.com 

Prior to the formal opening of the conference, there will be a special evening program on Tuesday, March 12th on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University.  The Tuesday Evening Book Club – AUTHORS and EXPERTS, will feature dinner and discussion with the distinguished authors of select new works pertaining to health care.  For registration information and a complete list of authors participating in this exciting event, please click here.  (This program is not included in the conference and requires a separate registration; the event fee is $145.)

Attendance at the Colloquium is being offered both live and via the Internet. Online conference registration includes the live Internet feed from the Colloquium, plus six months of continued archived Internet access, available 24/7. Participants will have the ability to attend the Colloquium no matter where they are during the live program!

The Colloquium is being co-located with the Fourth National Medical Home Summit. The 2 conferences will share a joint plenary session, and shared exhibit hall and meal functions.

Hold a Joint Congressional Briefing with Care Continuum Alliance

Past Congressional Briefings 
Wellness Briefing
Dual Eligibles Briefing 

As part of its advocacy mission, the Care Continuum Alliance provides a number of educational and promotional opportunities to increase awareness and interest in policy topics that impact the population health management industry. We strive to educate the policy makers, administration and agency officials about the latest tools, technologies, services, and program developments in the industry, their relevance and positive effect on the overall health care goals for the nation.

One of our members’ most sought-after opportunities for joint advocacy is the Congressional Briefings.

Congressional Briefing Information:

What is a Congressional Briefing and Who Are the Target Audiences?

Congressional Briefings are public presentations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to members of Congress, Congressional staff and other policymakers. Agency officials often attend as well. Briefings reach a very broad audience of policymakers by permitting FREE access for all attendees.
 
How Much Does It Cost To Sponsor A Briefing? 

The Briefing is FREE! CCA may request reimbursement for the cost of meals provided during the event.  

* NOTE: CCA encourages co-sponsorships to showcase common interests among industry leaders, increase the resonance of the issues among legislators, and raise the profile of the industry as a whole.

What Is Included In A Briefing Sponsorship?

Ready to Host a Briefing?

What Happens Before the Briefing?

  • CCA to collect presentations, biographies and other briefing materials
  • Pre-event joint CCA-Member Issue Brief: CCA will work with the sponsor to generate an issue brief
  • A pre-event training session via conference call with briefing presenters
  • Pre-event morning meetings: CCA will facilitate joint visits with key Congressional representatives or Congressional staff for those CCA members sponsoring the briefing

What Is Included in a Briefing?

  • A location on Capitol Hill in a Congressional Office Building
  • Up to 50 minutes of dynamic panelist presentations by population health management industry leaders
  • At least 10 minutes for questions from policymakers in the audience
  • Live video recording

What Happens After the Briefing?

  • Post-event afternoon meetings: CCA will facilitate joint visits with key Congressional representatives or Congressional staff for those CCA members sponsoring the briefing
  • Briefing content accessible following the event on the CCA website for 1 year including presenter biographies, presentations, and other related material
  • Post-event webinar on the briefing topic (*Optional for $1,500)

What Information Should Sponsoring or Participating CCA Members Present?

  • Case studies of operating programs with significant outcomes
  • New research findings and outcomes
  • How-to education
  • Current issues or policy perspectives

CCA will help you identify topics aligned with CCA’s research and advocacy goals. We will also help you structure an interactive format for your Capitol Hill Briefing. At your request, CCA staff members can identify high profile, well-regarded experts on an array of topics.

How Does CCA Build Your Audience?

The Care Continuum Alliance leverages various communications vehicles to build turnout for your briefing including:

  • Press release.
  • Event marketing to proprietary contact lists of more than 15,000 industry stakeholders including: Federal and state policy makers, chief Congressional staff liaisons, officials in the Administration, agency personnel, and fellow organizations.
  • Issue-specific guest post on CCA: Voice of Population Health blog.
  • Calendar announcement.
  • Social media promotion through all channels, including a 1,526-member LinkedIn group and Twitter.
  • Event notices in regular CCA member communications including: CCA Connect: Voice of Population Health newsletter, committee meeting agendas, and CCA Advocacy updates.
  • Prominent display of event on CCA’s website home page and events listings.
  • Media advisory and press release.
  • Co-signed invitation letter to members of Congress.
  • Coordinated promotion to circulate official event notifications to members of Congress through Congressional offices who are participating in the briefing.
  • Targeted letters highlighting the briefing from participating or sponsoring companies to their members of Congress.

Promotion will begin at least four weeks prior to the event (subject to scheduling) and continue through the day of the briefing.

Ready to Sponsor a Briefing?

Questions? Please contact:

Victoria Shapiro, CCA Director of Government Affairs
vshapiro@carecontinuumalliance.org

CCA 2013 Research Priorities: Charting the Course of the Population Health Industry

The Care Continuum Alliance’s research work sets the standards and informs the policy, legislative, and regulatory processes for the population health industry. There are at least four reasons our members should patronize CCA’s research endeavors:

  1. The PHM industry needs to build a solid body of research that validates its claims.
  2. Companies who partake in the research are at the cutting edge and take advantage of that knowledge in product and service development.
  3. Research partners influence the industry’s progress, charter its course, and are recognized as an industry leaders.
  4. Research cost money.

CCA members are strongly encouraged to participate in the various research committees, task forces and initiatives. Please, contact Karen Moseley, Director, Research, kmoseley@carecontinuumalliance.org or (202) 747-4956.

2013 Research Priorities

Collaborative population health strategies: Develop a guide that could be utilized by physician practices as they move forward in the process to transform their practices to a more patient centered and population health focused model. Informed by site visits and in-depth interviews, the CCA research team and volunteers from member companies will identify successful strategies of physician practices that have become a patient centered population health model of care. The guide is intended to offer providers detailed information, resources and case studies that can be utilized through the planning, implementation and evaluation phases of the population health management model.

Engagement for primary care centered models: Identify leading engagement innovations where the population health management industry has assisted through collaboration in primary care settings. CCA is partnering with Deloitte to build on the organizations’ initial research to identify key engagement components used by the population health industry. This second phase will involve in-depth interviews with primary care providers and focus on engagement strategies used to motivate and engage patients within primary care driven models (e.g., patient-centered medical homes, accountable care models, integrated delivery systems) and implemented as a collaboration with the population health industry.

Role of population health management in health insurance exchanges (HIEs): Population health management (PHM) strategies and tactics will be important to the success of HIEs. CCA will develop tools and educational materials to help the HIEs understand the role of PHM in their success. This research project will include an environmental scan of HIEs.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the CCA Forum 2013

Premier Annual Event of the Population Health industry

CCA Forum 2013: The ROI of Population Health: Implementation Matters
Every year, CCA Forum convenes the leaders of the health care industry, technology innovators, government officials, researchers and academics. In 2013, CCA Forum will focus on the implementation of population health models and strategies from development to delivery. Stakeholders along the continuum of care will take home the tools needed to improve outcomes, demonstrate value and increase quality of care.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the CCA Forum

Peer-Driven program
All members of the CCA Forum program committee are active in the population health industry and curate a program based on what their peers have identified as needed.

Peer-reviewed educational sessions
Our educational sessions are science-based and outcomes driven. They pass a rigorous peer review process so that our attendees can rest assured of the quality of the program.

Juried awards program
The juried awards program was very successful last year, and it is back by popular demand. Attendees know that presenters will be on their toes…and that’s good.

Keynotes that pump you up
Keep an eye out for the list of keynotes coming soon. You will hear from the biggest names in mHealth, big data, population health policy, health insurance exchanges, and much more.

For ROI, implementation matters… truly
You will learn how to implement population health models and programs, and how to measure their ROI.

Creative, interactive session formats
Yes, we are also tired of tiresome power point presentations. Our unparalleled educational sessions will comprise a variety of hands-on, interactive formats, from workshops to engaged presentations, and from posters to learning labs. Your take away is guaranteed.

Networking opportunities abound
Make sure you come early on Wednesday and don’t leave till Saturday: top industry CEOs will kick off the conference heading our roundtable session, and it grows in intensity from there.

C-Suite Institute
This year we are offering a Health Care C-Suite Executive Institute focused on the key policy and business trends that affect the population health industry.

The Solutions Zone
When we say this is the exhibit hall reinvented for engagement, we are not spinning. Take part on the Walking Learning Labs to understand how to implement these solutions. Network and test drive the tools and gadgets. Can’t tell you, you got to see it!

Outcomes 101 Training Institute
We heard you, and here it is: a preconference event with the industry new-comers in mind, but with plenty of insights to whet the appetite of the industry’s old-timers. A step by step how-to on demonstrating outcomes, conducting evaluations, and bringing your company’s products to the forefront of the industry, based on the latest research and trends.

PHM Innovation Is The New Black

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George Van Antwerp

By George Van Antwerp

 With all the talk about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), the adoption curve for the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) model for Population Health Management (PHM) should move beyond the innovators in 2013 and begin to “Cross the Chasm.” I believe there are several preconditions that would set the stage for this to occur, for instance:

  1. Technology advances leading to the “Big Data” focus;
  2. The changing paradigm from fee-for-service to outcomes-based care;
  3. The realization of the role of the consumer led by the e-Patient movement, the idea of the Quantified Self, and the focus of large healthcare enterprises on being consumer centric; and
  4. The budget crisis that is driving employers and other payers to embrace PHM, wellness, and other initiatives that impact cost and productivity.

Of course, most companies are still in the infancy of designing systems to address this coordinated care model, which does not view the patient as a claim, but longitudinally aggregates demographical, psychosocial and claims data.  Additionally, training staff using Motivational Interviewing and integrating external staff into the virtual care team in partnership with the provider will continue to evolve as do our care delivery models.

Add to that mix the innovation happening in the Health 2.0 and health incubator space along with the efforts of big pharma to transform into disease management companies, and it can be overwhelming for an employer to select a partner. Not to say anything of how difficult it becomes for the consumer trying to make sense of our sick-care system.  For companies, standing still is essentially moving backwards.

To drive home the pace of change, let’s look at patient support tools for diabetes.  While several years ago you might have engaged a consumer in a limited fashion using static content on the web, direct mail, and nurses, you now have a great opportunity to leverage multiple new channels and technologies to engage them and drive better clinical outcomes.  Here are a few examples:

  • Mobile Apps:  There are hundreds of mobile apps out in the market for diabetes such as Glucose Buddy Pro, Bant, or Diabetes Tracker.  Most consumers are overwhelmed trying to figure how to choose the right one for them. They are looking to their physician for help as was recently discussed on Kevin MD’s blog.  There are also numerous tools, like Happtique, coming to market to help physicians to sort and select pre-screen apps to “prescribe” to their patients; and companies like Wellocracy to help consumers make sense of the digital market.
  • Communities:  There continues to be more and more research around the connected principles of how social media and your networks can help drive behavior (such as weight loss).  A recent CVS Caremark study looked at several studies from an adherence perspective to validate opportunities from a community perspective.  And, in diabetes, you have several very active communities such as dLife and Diabetic Connect.
  • Video:  We all know that patients learn in different ways.  For example, the “YouTube Generation” turns to video as their primary search tool.  In diabetes, the channels dLife TV and Diabetes Mine are becoming mainstream, as well as companies like the Joslin Diabetes Center.
  • Risk Assessment:  One of the hot discussion areas in today’s market is prevention and identification of at-risk patients.  There is a continuous stream of new tools out there to help with this.  I think the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has had a great web friendly tool for several years.
  • Twitter:  Another source of news and information for many people is Twitter.  And, there are many companies and people with the Diabetes tag in their profile.  For that, I ultimately found that I could just point to @AskManny’s list of people to follow.

And, I could go on and on discussing all the connected devices such as Welldoc, remote monitoring tools and SMS solutions like this one in India and several in the US.  The key points are:

  • Sustained engagement is multi-modal, complex, and dynamic.  It has to include an mHealth approach.
  • Data integration for risk assessment, monitoring, and segmentation is critical.
  • The market is changing so fast that your care team has to be able to help guide the patient through this maze of options.

George Van Antwerp has spoken at prior CCA events and blogs about healthcare at Enabling Healthy Decisions.  You can read his blog or follow him on Twitter @gvanantwerp

Guest Blog Post Disclaimer

CCA invites guest bloggers to post on Voice of Population Health Blog as a benefit for our members and the industry and to allow for exchange of ideas and information regarding population health.

The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and/or of the company the author represents and do not represent those of the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA), its members, or the industry as a whole. CCA is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this guest post article. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author(s) and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.

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