New Interview Released: Telehealth From the Patient’s Perspective

June 6th, 2015

Springfield, MO (PRWEB) June 02, 2015

For Health and Technology Editors: As lawmakers, activists, and presidential candidates debate changes to America’s healthcare system, volumes have been written about the use of telehealth as a way to reduce healthcare costs, but very little has been written about how patients view telehealth.

Advanced TeleHealth Solutions recently published this blog interview to shed light on the patient’s perspective on telehealth and how it can dramatically impact daily life and overall health for older adults living with chronic disease.

A year and a half ago, 59-year-old Missouri native Vickie Stark was a regular at her local hospitals emergency room. Living alone and trying to manage a frightening chronic illness on her own frequently left her feeling anxious and scared, and her anxiety would often lead to panic attacks and eventually the ER. But today, its a different story.

Being able to get a hold of someone and knowing that if anything changes with my vital signs readings it shows up and they [the Advanced TeleHealth Solutions team] will call immediately and make sure everything is OK has been the biggest benefit of using telehealth. This is something that all older Americans need to look out for them, Stark says.

The change in Starks physical and emotional health is all thanks to telehealth. Healthcare news has been touting the benefits that telehealth technology brings to the healthcare industry for a few years now, but something that has been absent from the numerous statistics is the patients perspective of how telehealth changes their lives.

For Advanced TeleHealth Solutions patient Vickie Stark, telehealth has made her both healthier and more confident. Stark has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and her condition requires daily monitoring and care to ensure that her symptoms stay manageable and do not lead to complications that require hospitalization, and she is hardly alone.

The numbers of people like Vickie with chronic diseases are projected to increase markedly over the next few decades. According to the National Council on Aging, nearly 92% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 77% have at least two. Additionally, chronic diseases account for 75% of the money our nation spends on health care.

Doctors have traditionally shouldered much of the blame for what many refer to as a broken healthcare system, but now, patients are also being held accountable and asked to take charge of their own healthcare, and telehealth is providing a cost-effective and user-friendly way for them to do just that.

But its not just the telehealth devices that patients appreciate; its the people behind them. Advanced TeleHealth Solutions staff provides a daily connection and means of assistance that many older adults dont get when dealing with a chronic illness. Stark notes that the Advanced TeleHealth Solutions call center staff is very kind and a pleasure to deal with.

Its a one-on-one situation, and I always speak to a person. They are there for you right away, they talk you through everything, and they are all so sweet. Its a comfort to know that they are watching out for me. Its like having a whole bunch of friends around all the time.

About Advanced TeleHealth Solutions:

Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ turnkey scalable remote monitoring system removes traditional barriers to healthcare access such as geography, mobility, and time constraints while enabling organizations to take control of the health of their employees, clients, and/or patients.

Founded by Karen Thomas, President of Oxford Healthcare, an affiliate of Cox Health, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions leads the way in providing remote patient monitoring solutions for businesses, hospitals, disease management organizations, and managed care companies customizing and coordinating the right system for each organization without the cost of creating a new system, adding resources, or having start-up time involved.

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TreeHouse Health Welcomes OvaGene Oncology as a Portfolio Company

June 1st, 2015


TreeHouse Health (, an innovation center for emerging and established healthcare companies, today announced it has made an investment in OvaGene Oncology Inc., an Irvine, California-based biotechnology company. OvaGene Oncology specializes in the development and commercialization of personalized gene-based diagnostics for gynecologic cancers and pre-malignant gynecologic disorders.

Adding OvaGene to the TreeHouse Health ecosystem is very exciting. This company exemplifies innovation, which is a leading characteristic we look for in Portfolio Companies at TreeHouse Health. We see them adding a great deal of value, not only within TreeHouse Health, but in the industry as well, says John Blank, M.D., and Chairman of TreeHouse Health.

The OvaGene team is highly experienced in cancer diagnostics and has developed strong relationships with doctors, medical centers and academic institutions in the field. The technology OvaGene has developed allows for a significant improvement on how gynecological cancers are assessed and treated.

OvaGene is grateful to become a part of the TreeHouse Health family as a portfolio company, said Frank J. Kiesner J.D., Chairman and CEO of OvaGene Oncology. Our relationship with Treehouse Health has created many new opportunities for Minnesota-based financing, collaborative research, and senior management additions that have been invaluable to our companys growth and expansion. Treehouse Health has been a significant resource for us as we carry out our mission of improving the care of women suffering from gynecologic cancer and pre-cancerous conditions.

The OvaGene team will co-locate their operations in Irvine and Minneapolis. While in Minneapolis, the team will work out of the 13,000 sq. ft. TreeHouse Health facility in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, and have access to a multiple local resources connected with TreeHouse Health.

About TreeHouse Health LLC

Launched in October 2013, TreeHouse Health is a Minneapolis-based innovation center investing in and supporting entrepreneurial growth for both large and emerging companies in healthcare. To date, TreeHouse Health has invested in eight early-stage companies in healthcare and is partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBS) and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Learn more at Interested in joining TreeHouse Health? Visit or email a business plan to info(at)treehouse-health(dot)com.

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Vision-e Announces Update for eContacts on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace

May 31st, 2015

Fairfield, NJ (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Vision-e today announced it has launched an update for eContacts on the Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to connect with customers, partners and employees in a whole new way. eContacts works with both mobile iOS and Android devices, allowing users to snap a picture of a business card and quickly upload the lead and contact data to Salesforce.

Now, eContacts users can just as easily create a new account from the app. By taking a picture of the business card from their mobile device, data captured by OCR technology will pre-populate fields on the account creation screen. With eContacts, account creation is simplified so that while reps are on the road at networking events, conferences or trade shows they can also easily add their new accounts, contacts and leads to their marketing campaigns.

Built on the Salesforce1 Platform, the social, mobile and cloud customer platform built to transform sales, service and marketing, eContacts is currently available on the AppExchange at

eContacts Key Features

With eContacts, customers will save time and effort of entering in business card information manually into Salesforce. Users can upload business card information quickly by taking a picture of it with their iOS or Android device. eContacts gives users 100 complimentary business card scans per month for up to 5 users and is available for free on the Salesforce AppExchange. Unlimited OCR services and processing are available for $ 10 per user per month.

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Companies are looking to transform the way they connect with customers, partners and employees to thrive in todays connected world, said Ryan Ellis, VP, Product Management, Salesforce1 Platform & AppExchange, Salesforce. By leveraging the power of the Salesforce1 Platform, Vision-e provides customers with the proven social, mobile and connected cloud technologies to accelerate business success.

About Salesforce AppExchange

Salesforce AppExchange is the worlds leading enterprise apps marketplace that empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage for the Internet of Customers. With more than 2,700 partner apps and more than 3 million customer installs, it is the most comprehensive source of social, mobile and connected cloud apps for business.

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From one-of-a-kind business productivity applications to customized services from certified Salesforce Administrators, Vision-e drives the ROI clients want and expect from their Salesforce investments. Vision-e provides elegant, highly customizable solutions that help companies of all sizes get the most out of the Salesforce platform. Vision-e: its Salesforceextraordinary. Jule Limoli, CEO, Vision-e.

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Harmony Healthcare International Takes the Lead in Launching ICD-10 Coding Transition in Post-Acute Care

May 29th, 2015

Topsfield, MA (PRWEB) May 22, 2015

Its like learning a new language, said Keri Hart, MS/CCC, SLP, RAC-CT, CHHRP-QT, Vice President of Clinical Operations/Education and Training at Harmony Healthcare International, A very important language that impacts how care is coded and reimbursed.

Harmony Healthcare International, the leader in long term care reimbursement, operations and compliance consulting, as well as training and education programs and talent management, launches a new series of day-long seminars on the mandated ICD-10 Transition. All HIPAA entities must implement the new code set by October 1, 2015. Harmony Healthcares ICD-10 Training Course features a full day program aimed at helping skilled nursing facilities develop a roadmap to successful implementation. Attendees can earn the following Contact Hours: ASHA, AOTA, PT-State Specific, MARN and NAB.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10th Revision was issued by the World Health Organization and adopted by member countries beginning in 1994. Here in the United States, the ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) was developed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NHCH). Nearly 68,000 codes comprise the new system and these codes will impact reimbursement, payor contracts and coverage determinations, assessment of provider performance with disease management, monitoring utilization patterns, criteria for inpatient vs. outpatient care, tracking illness severity, complications and mortality and public health tracking and reporting.

It has been 30 years since the coding system was introduced in the United States, said Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA, President and CEO of Harmony Healthcare International, There are a number of issues with the current ICD-9 system including outdated language, lack of specificity, lack of room for expansion and the inability to provide details necessary to measure acuity or continuum of care.

The ICD-10 transition improves a number of the issues that has been plaguing the ICD-9 system. By combining diagnosis and symptom codes, ICD-10 reduces the number of codes needed to describe a condition. Injury coding is expanded and specificity in code assignment helps clarify diagnoses and symptoms. Also codes incorporate laterality making it easier to identify whether the condition is on the left, right or bilateral.

The ICD-10-CM uses three to seven digits as compared to the maximum of five in the ICD-9-CM, said Hart, In the new system, the first three digits identify the disease major category, the next three the etiology, anatomic site and severity and the last digit is an extension code used to identify the episode of care.

The new coding system brings a number of improvements with its implementation. It makes it easier to monitor resource utilization across the continuum of care, helps reduce miscoded, rejected and improperly reimbursed claims and identifies and prevents fraud and abuse. All of these improvements lead to better clinical, financial and administrative performance.

Harmony Healthcares Summer schedule of ICD-10 Transition courses includes offerings in Topsfield, MA on July 21, 2015, New York City on August 6, Kingston, NY on August 7, 2015 and in North Haven, CT on August 10, 2015. Register at: . Additional courses and locations will be added throughout the summer.

At Harmony Healthcare, we are always positioned to take a leading role in helping the post-acute care industry stay ahead of the curve, said Mastrangelo, Thats why we are launching courses that help clients learn ICD-10, The New Language of Care.

About Harmony Healthcare International

Harmony Healthcare International was founded in 2001. With headquarters in Topsfield, MA, Harmony Healthcare International services clients in the skilled nursing, acute care, home health and assisted living markets with operational and compliance consulting, training and educational programs and talent management services. With a staff of accomplished healthcare clinicians who serve as consultants to For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, Standalone and Multi-Facility Chains across the country, Harmony Healthcare International has been ranked among the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for 3 consecutive years by Inc. Magazine. Harmony Healthcare International, We care about care.

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