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Geisinger announced the launch ConnectedCare365 as a virtual care delivery platform that allows remote patient monitoring, artificial Intelligence, and data analysis.

The new virtual care delivery system aims to monitor the health of patients with chronic illnesses and improve outcomes.

Clinicians will be able to prioritize and triage high risk patients thanks to the system’s ability analysis patient-generated data. This information can also be found in the electronic health record. Geisinger Care teams can use this platform to provide transitional care for patients after discharge from hospitals.

ConnectedCare365 users will be able track their weight, blood pressure, glucose and other metrics through a smartphone application. Patients will be able to communicate directly via the platform with their care teams.

Geisinger is offering ConnectedCare365 in partnership with digital health startup Noteworth. The collaboration also includes plans for other clinical initiatives in diabetes, heart health, history of stroke and post-stroke, chronic obstructive and pulmonary disease, casemanagement, behavioral and COVID-19 care, as well as treatment of substance use disorders.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Primary care physicians are responsible for managing chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart failure, and diabetes. This accounts for 17% U.S. GDP.

The threat of a shortage in PCPs by 2030 is looming. Pressure is mounting to find ways to make patient care more efficient, scalable, and cost-effective while improving patient outcomes.

Karen Murphy, chief innovation officer and founding director of Geisinger’s Steele Institute for Health Innovation, called ConnectedCare365 a “fundamentally different approach to chronic disease management.”

“Using predictive analytics, as well as real-time analysis of clinical and patient-generated data, ConnectedCare365 will help our patients achieve their health goals and better manage chronic conditions,” Murphy said. “Our ongoing commitment to better health by developing digital solutions to improve care for our patients, and ultimately lower healthcare costs,” Murphy said.

THE LARGER TREND

Hospitals, insurance companies and digital innovators are tackling the challenge of improving patient care and cutting costs with new resources that target high-risk patients.

UnitedHealthcare has recently launched Community Catalyst, a community-based initiative that brings together diverse community stakeholders to address the healthcare needs of residents in public housing. These residents are often difficult and difficult to reach.

Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente have invested in Medically Home Group, a Boston-based technology company that allows patients to receive acute-level care and recovery services at home.

“With digital health platforms, people can get us when they need us,” said Dr. Cynthia Castro Sweet from Omada Health. She spoke ahead of the 2019 Connected Health Conference. As they prepare their next meal, check their glucose levels, or look at their medications, they can connect to their coaches and get their information. This will allow them to begin to understand how their behavior patterns affect how they feel and how well they do with their conditions.

Cecelia Health was launched in August 2020 as a virtual diabetes management platform. In Series B funding, $13,000,000 was raised by.

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