by Darcey Trescone, RN
As of February 25, 2020, there have been 57 cases of Coronavirus confirmed in the US across 8 states - Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Seven patients have recovered: three in California, two in Illinois, one in Washington and one in Arizona. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 of the those cases are travel-related, two are the result of person-to-person spread in the U.S., and 43 cases are in individuals evacuated from either Wuhan, China or the Diamond Princess cruise ship." NBC News, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Map of where cases have been confirmed across the country.*
While there are only small numbers in the US, there have been tens of thousands of cases confirmed in China and more than 2,000 people have died since the start of the year. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in a handful of other countries as well. With the scare of such an epidemic Vivify Health put out a Coronavirus pathway within its platform for customers to help assess, measure and monitor potential exposure with patients digitally. I recently caught up with Robin Hill, Chief Clinical Officer, Vivify Health to learn more.
"In 2015 when the Ebola virus came out, we were able to quickly create a pathway within our solution for the clinical team to utilize with patients potentially exposed. We wanted to do the same with the Coronavirus for our customers and we released the pathway early this year." Hill continues.
"Clinical teams can screen digitally for the Coronavirus across their customer base, follow CDC established protocols, educate and be prepared for next steps with the patient's treatment. With the push of a button they can send screening questions and relevant content information to thousands of patients at a time. Video visits can be done with exposed patients to protect the healthcare workers. If a home visit is required, the health care worker and patient are prepared for the visit to limit additional exposure."
Vivify Health can respond quickly to the healthcare needs in the country with their platform. Hill explains, "Within a 24-48-hour window of time we created the content in our platform for the Coronavirus and had it available for our customers to start using. No matter what healthcare crisis arises our team of experts can quickly respond with digital solutions, advise our customers on how to deploy and how to utilize both the content and information received from the patients."
Vivify Health has a large footprint in healthcare and works with large healthcare systems, payers and the post-acute care market. Anyone that wants to connect their patients in the home with digital solutions on a tablet or phone can utilize their platform.
Vivify Health employs clinicians that are focused on creating engaging and actionable content and education, easy to use apps, and customizable and configurable programs. These nurses have their masters and function as internal consultants that work with customers to streamline workflows, optimize best practices and analyze outcome metrics that are key. "When it comes to digital solutions, we have the ability to quickly create content based on experts in the field and get this out to our customers to utilize across their patient populations."
Vivify Health offers an unlimited number of content programs and monitoring for complex chronic to acute conditions as well as pediatric and health and wellness. The solution is built on the foundation that they have the tools to quickly create any kind of program their customers want to deploy across their patient populations. Many of their existing programs are focused on the high-risk fragile populations with multiple co-morbidities that need to be managed.
Hill, "Our digital solution provides clinicians with screening tools, virtual visits, education with different formats such as video, patient stories and printed articles. We also provide text messaging communication for the patient with their care team. Patients have access to a library of information from their phone or tablet about their condition with additional information on activity, medication, as well as links in their community as an example."
Biometric devices that are Bluetooth paired with the patient's tablet or phone can be included with these programs and help to give clinicians and physicians a better picture of the patient's health virtually. They are presently working on including activity tracker devices into their portfolio of available options. "Vivify Health does a thorough vetting of clinical grade devices to ensure any readings captured are reliable and the clinical team can trust the data." Hill explains.
Vivify Health is a cloud-based application providing the clinical tools to push information to the patient and pull information back into the healthcare organizations EMR or source of truth. Hill, "When a patient is assigned a new program from the EMR an automated request creates a record for that patient in the Vivify Health platform. The flexibility and ease of use allows for patients to receive the benefits of multiple programs they may need while providing the caregiver with decision making support and guidance."
"When you think about the capabilities to be agile and nimble in the creation of solid clinical programs that can be published across patient populations with a button push it is where we shine. Explains Hill. "Vivify Health can respond to any needs in the healthcare sector within days truly."
About Vivify Health
Vivify Health is transforming healthcare with the market's most comprehensive patient-centered connected care platform, spanning from remote monitoring of high-risk patients and patient activation to population and employee health. Vivify’s platform is the digital pathway to collaborative care on demand — with a focus on ease of use for employees, members, patients and providers.
*Editor's note: As this issue was being finalized, one more Coronavirus case was confirmed in rural California, in a patient that seems to have no connection to anyone who had been in China.
Darcey Trescone, RN is a Healthcare IS and Business Development Consultant in the Post-Acute Healthcare Market with a strong background working with both providers and vendors specific to Home Care and Hospice. She has worked as a home health nurse and held senior operational, product management and business development positions with various post-acute software firms, where her responsibilities included new and existing market penetration, customer retention and oversight of teams across the U.S., Canada and Australia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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