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New system designed to help ACOs engage patients

BY Alaric DeArment

YARDLEY, Pa. – Krames StayWell has introduced a set of products for accountable care organizations that includes marketing and patient-engagement tools and a new system for ACO member health management.

The company announced the launch of ACO 360, saying it was designed to help ACO patients take more responsibility for their own care with a collection of health outreach, acute care and population management products that support a growing number of government quality requirements for ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

"As health organizations increasingly become accountable for outcomes, they need tools to help them inform, educate and manage the health of the patient population," Krames StayWell EVP John George said. "Krames StayWell ACO 360 solution meets those needs by delivering high-quality patient engagement tools including tailored online health interventions."

The company’s communication system includes digital health content, mobile messaging, a tablet-based informed consent program, e-newsletters, custom guidebooks and newsletters designed to inform and engage members in their care, also integrating a digital health management platform called the Pro-Change Lifestyle Management Suite, developed by Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc.


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Transforming nursing ed to meet new clinical demands

BY Antoinette Alexander

Eager to embark on ways to strengthen the relationship between graduate nursing education and nursing practice in emerging models of care delivery, a select group of leaders in both graduate nursing education and nursing practice came together during RCEC 2013 to partake in a historic roundtable discussion.

The National League for Nursing, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, sponsored the roundtable aimed at sparking transformative strategies to meet the need for increased numbers of advanced practice nurses to staff new models of healthcare delivery, including convenient care clinics and telehealth.

“This is a historic endeavor and a level of collaboration that is unseen and unheard of, and I’m so excited about it. The deans and the representatives of the universities coming together with people in practice — it is all about how do we take education and hook it and bridge it to practice to make sure we are serving the needs of the community and the patients, and that is what’s happening here today,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League of Nursing.

A roundtable at RCEC enabled leaders in nursing practice and education  to discuss current healthcare needs.

“I believe this is a historic meeting. Bringing two major groups of nursing leaders together who care deeply about transforming nursing education in support of advancing our nation’s health is an exciting opportunity for our professionals,” said Angela Patterson, chief nurse practitioner officer for CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.

Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate for Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems, said: “As we look to transform the delivery of health care, we need to think differently and transform clinical education to meet the needs of patients nationally. I am honored, as a nurse leader in the retail clinic industry, to be involved in a historic meeting with educational leaders in nursing to strategize ways to increase the number of advanced practice nurses.”

Echoing the sentiment, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, said: “This is a historic meeting. The industry, the nurse leaders and the universities coming together to really talk and strategize around how we, together, build a work force that’s really trained and educated in this model of care, but also how do we partner to assure that we have clinical sites, we have faculty members working on both sides and that we, together, can help transform the healthcare system.”

 

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Jun-12-2013 12:42 pm

Well this meeting brings a good result and made them more stronger to support healthcare.originalcialis

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App allows iPhone photo delivery, drug store pickup

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A new app for the iPhone allows users to have prints of their photos sent to the address of their choice or pick them up at CVS.

SmartPhoto Express includes features like selection of photos from the camera roll, selection of print size, editing and enhancement of photos, and multiple prints. The company said same-day pickup of photo prints was currently available at nationwide locations of the second-largest drug store chain in the United States.

"Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than with any other camera," SmartPhoto App CEO Jane Goldwasser said. "Our goal with SmartPhoto Express is to provide photo-printing freedom. It’s now simpler than ever to snap and share photos taken with smartphones, but there is a large segment of iPhone users who also want prints, but aren’t aware of the possibilities."

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