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Remote patient monitoring is a game changer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many questions have been brought up regarding the status of our current healthcare system. How can I get in touch with my physician? How are healthcare clinics handling social distancing and quarantine? Are they still able to meet with me? Do I have any symptoms of Coronavirus? How do I know whether I need to go to a hospital for testing?

Over the last few weeks, our healthcare environment has turned upside down by the emergence of Coronavirus in the United States. Serving patients during this time presents new challenges and has established a “new normal” for clinical workflows.

What exactly is Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)?

Imagine you are experiencing some symptoms that you’d like your clinician to know about. Maybe you have some preexisting healthcare conditions that make you concerned. Remote patient monitoring allows your clinician to monitor your symptoms and reach out with any changes you should make to your current treatment plan. Most RPM platforms are online or through a mobile application that allow for secure communication with your healthcare provider from the comfort of your home.

cliexa utilizes Remote Patient Monitoring to improve patient care. The platform provides clinically validated assessments with automated disease activity scores, allowing clinicians to tap into wearable devices for real-time data. These wearables provide actionable data that otherwise could go undetected through general patient reported outcomes. This way of closely monitoring patients can lead to an improved patient satisfaction with overall care.

How can Remote Patient Monitoring help during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Remote patient monitoring with cliexa is changing the game in healthcare. Recently, many digital health companies have been working towards telehealth solutions for clinics. With cliexa’s remote patient monitoring, patients do not need to be physically present to onboard. Instead, they can receive care and information from a clinician with a fully remote platform. cliexa addresses the needs of each clinic’s specific Coronavirus response. cliexa enables remote check-in, customized clinical intake, secure transfer of medical history records, and remote patient monitoring. All of these functionalities in the platform seamlessly integrate into the existing EMR system. These functions allow patients to conduct all necessary actions from home on their mobile phones prior to telehealth or in-person visits.

Providers can leverage these services, along with cliexa’s COVID-19 screening, to triage patients with chronic conditions based on their risk level. The cliexa COVID-19 screening capabilities follow the CDC’s guidelines to assess risk factors for patients, including preexisting medical conditions. cliexa allows clinicians to utilize virtual health functionalities including remote monitoring and telemedicine visits.

How does Remote Patient Monitoring differ from Telehealth?

Telehealth allows for physicians to meet with their patients virtually – through video or audio communications. However, telehealth requires that patients have previously gone through an onboarding process with their specific clinic or physician. Many telehealth services still require patients to visit their healthcare provider’s office in-person for onboarding. During this initial office visit, the patient fills out onboarding documentation including waivers and past medical history documents. After all patient information is entered into the clinic’s EMR, only then can the patient enroll in telehealth functionalities.

This is where cliexa’s remote patient monitoring platform differs. Our platform eliminates this step completely. Clinics fully digitize the onboarding process and customize it to their specific clinic needs with cliexa. With remote check-in and customized clinical intake features, patients can enroll with a clinic of their choice and start using telehealth services safely from home. This eliminates the need for an initial in-person visit with a healthcare provider, reducing COVID-19 exposure in hospitals and clinics.

How can I learn more?

During this chaotic time, it’s important to stay informed with what’s happening in our current healthcare system. Using remote patient monitoring in healthcare today is outlined in online articles released almost daily. Participate in webinars to learn more about what digital healthcare companies are doing to help – and review materials like this on your own.

cliexa is determined to do all we can to help healthcare providers overcome challenges and promote better care for patients. To support our healthcare partners through this pandemic, we are waiving all implementation fees until further notice. COVID-19 has distanced us, but with the right tools the show can and must go on.

For more information, check out our brief explainer video or schedule a demo of the cliexa platform with our team here.

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The cliexa platform is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace!

Microsoft Azure Marketplace provides applications for a range of purposes, including AI & machine learning, analytics, and blockchain. cliexa’s feature in the Azure Marketplace is an exciting step for our team. This promotion attests to the platform’s credibility and success over the years.

Microsoft Azure allows cliexa to reach the hands of many healthcare professionals and patients that desire better solutions. Many problems currently face the healthcare industry. Issues like physician burnout, patient to provider communication, and rejected reimbursements are all addressed with cliexa. The availability of cliexa on Azure Marketplace helps introduce an innovative solution to healthcare systems across the country.

How Does this Help cliexa and the Healthcare Industry?

Allowing healthcare professionals to search for a desirable digital platform when they are ready to adopt innovative technology is key. Azure Marketplace helps to promote the cliexa platform and make this helpful technology available to more clinicians who need to save time, money, and increase compliance and reimbursements.

Many healthcare clinics have adopted the cliexa platform and seen great success. New Health Services adopted the cliexa platform in 2019 and has seen a significant decrease in costs. They have decreased over 2.5 hours spent each day on intake documentation, billing documents, and information integration into the EMR. Over time, these hours translate into valuable cost savings for users of the cliexa platform.

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In addition to costs, the cliexa platform integrates patient engagement right into the client’s existing EMR. The various specialty platforms allow for the communication of patient-reported outcomes to allow physicians to better treat patients suffering from chronic illness over time. In summary, the platform provides benefits for physicians, patients, and payors alike.

With the cliexa platform now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers can now purchase and deploy the platform and reap the many benefits of utilizing this innovative software. cliexa’s platform can benefit many more healthcare clinicians and, in turn, help create better outcomes for patients.

Learn more about the cliexa platform by visiting our page on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace!

 

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American College of Cardiology Conference 2020

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual conference hosts colleagues from across the industry to collaborate and facilitate discussions around innovation. The ACC.20 conference takes place on March 28-30 in Chicago. cliexa is excited to announce that we will be attending for the second year in a row! Join cliexa at the ACC.20 conference and schedule a demo with our team here!

 

In addition, cliexa’s CEO & Founder, Mehmet Kazgan, will be participating in an open conversation at ACC.20 about mobile healthcare apps. A popular theme in today’s digital healthcare world is to discuss ways to increase patient engagement within a treatment plan. Therefore, the mobile healthcare industry is moving towards increased communication between patients and physicians through smartphone applications. cliexa’s technology allows for an integrated platform with any EMR that seamlessly connects patients and physicians. Equally important, the app improves the accuracy in patient data collection to utilize in reimbursements.

 

On Monday, March 30 from 9:45am – 11:15am, Mehmet will be participating in this open discussion with two other industry leaders on the topic of mobile healthcare applications. This ‘Knowledge and Networking’ session will be an interesting event to sit in on – and you can add it to your conference itinerary beforehand here. Along with Mehmet, the session leaders include Arash Harzand, MD, MBA, and Francoise Marvel, MD. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and lead discussions around this engaging topic during the session.

 

UPDATE 3/9/2020: ACC.20 has been cancelled due to growing coronavirus concerns. Please visit the ACC website for updates and more information.

Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Study Digital Screening Intervention Tool for Adolescents and Young Adults

cliexa is excited to partner with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) with a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health that provides nearly one million dollars over the next two years for the implementation of cliexa-OPTIONS, a digital screening intervention tool that fosters earlier identification of high-risk adolescents in a clinical setting. The funding supports independent evaluation including, cost-benefit analysis and randomized controlled trial of the cliexa-OPTIONS risk screening tool and MyPLAN mobile health follow-up. The Principal Investigator for the project at UNC is Dr. William Merchant. He is the evaluation professor in the Applied Statistics and Research Methods program in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. 

The cost-benefit analysis assesses cost savings between the cliexa-OPTIONS risk screening against current paper pencil and verbal screenings. Also, the cliexa-OPTIONS risk screening identifies 30- 50% more risk in adolescent populations fostering early identification of adolescents at highest risk for acquiring an STI or experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Improving quality in clinical workflows for adolescent and young adult populations is timely, given that sexually transmitted infections for young people ages 15 -24 are at epidemic proportions.

Saving time and keeping providers satisfied with new technology in clinical workflows is no simple task. The cost-benefit analysis will also assess the benefits of early identification of adolescents at highest risk for adverse reproductive health outcomes, substance use, mental health, and wellness.

Read the full article at: //www.unco.edu/news/newsroom/releases/million-dollar-grant-digital-screening-intervention-tool.aspx

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cliexa’s hard work and commitment to improving our country’s healthcare systems has been recognized by the Office of American Innovation (OAI) for our advancements within the industry. The OAI, appointed by President Donald J. Trump, and led by Jared Kushner, has invited cliexa to attend the 2019 White House Blue Button Developers Conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 30th at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. We are humbled and honored to receive this invitation. We are looking forward to connecting and potentially collaborating with policymakers, technologists, and medical experts to advance the sharing of medical information through mobile technology.

We are one of the few technology vendors who have successfully enabled the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Blue Button 2.0 API into our software platforms. According to CMS’s website, the Blue Button 2.0 API is a “developer-friendly, standards-based API that enables Medicare beneficiaries to connect their claims data to the applications, services and research programs they trust.” This API enables patients to sync their Medicare accounts to our applications and bi-directionally share the information, specifically claims data, to their providers, and care teams.

With this information, there are a variety of potential outcomes from leveraging this data, including streamlined documentation and the secure exchange of patient information which can lead to uncovering new insights about patients’ health status and increasing time for face-to-face interactions between patient and provider.

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Our first use case for this API was in our application, cliexa-EASE, designed for the Department of Health and Human ServicesAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality‘s Step-Up App Challenge. With this build, we were selected as one of the three winners of this challenge. The goal of the challenge was to develop an application that simplifies the process of collecting, interpreting, aggregating and sharing patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data related to physical function outcomes. Using the Blue Button 2.0 API, patients could connect Medicare accounts to our platform and share their claims data directly to the health systems’ electronic medical record system. Other functionalities including the connection and aggregation of data from IoT and wearable devices, electronic medical record systems paired with custom, mobile clinical assessments.

To learn more about the Blue Button 2.0 API, and the Blue Button Developers Conference, visit //bluebutton.cms.gov/