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AMCP 2016

Technology Supports Care for Patients Demanding More of Their Healthcare

Laura Joszt
With patients increasingly demanding more of anyone involved in their healthcare, technology is playing an important role, explained panelists at a session of Specialty Pharmacy Connect, a pre-meeting program held ahead of the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting 2016.
The healthcare system can use consumer products that weren’t even created for healthcare purposes, such as watches, to capture relevant data. Intel designed a trial to demonstrate the use of that technology through merging information that comes from home and everyday life with information that is clinically captured.
 
The participants wore the watches and Intel was able to stream data such as sleep, activities, and exercise, as well as biometrics and data from other devices, such as wireless blood pressure monitors and weight scales. The participants had 4 visits with a doctor and the data from those visits were captured as well. Half a billion data points were collected.
 
“Our thesis here … is that you can use sub-$200 devices to get contextual information about people’s lives and that can be clinically meaningful,” Lemieux said.
 
Finally, Scott Honken, PharmD, MBA, vice president of market access and payer relations at Omada Health, discussed the diabetes prevention program the company runs and how it changes behavior.
 
A lot of people know what healthy behaviors are, but getting them to actually change those behaviors is difficult, he explained. Best practices for behavior change includes getting together a group of peers, but Omada does all it’s work online, not in person.
 
“We bring together an online peer group of individuals for social support, accountability, etc, as they go through the program,” Honken said. “So similar to something you might have in person, we do that virtually.”
 
The program provides a coach to offer suggestions and guidance throughout the program, as well. Omada also sends all participants a digital scale that collects data and it also uses other tools like pedometers that can be incorporated.
 
Recently, CMS announced it would reimburse the National Diabetes Prevention Program and there are elements of the program that are both in person and digital.
 
“We’re at a place where technology is so integrated in everybody’s lives across all age bands that there’s going to be a sizable portion where those types of things are programs and services that people just naturally gravitate toward,” Honken said.

 
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