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Responsive Health Discusses the Value of Prescribing Clinically Tested PTSD Apps on PTSD Awareness Day

Responsive Health Discusses the Value of Prescribing Clinically Tested PTSD Apps on PTSD Awareness Day

According to the PTSD Foundation of America, a third of returning combat troops will be diagnosed with serious Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms, while less than 40 percent will seek help. PTSD can cause flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety, mistrust, guilt, and loneliness, all hindering a soldier’s ability to transition to civilian life with loved ones.

During PTSD Awareness Month, Responsive Health supports our veterans by urging all those affected to download and use the PTSD Coach app. The app was developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Defense and provides mental health support through education, self-assessment and symptom management strategies, in addition to clinical support.

PTSD Coach was tested with service men and women suffering from PTSD over an eight-week period. While the app is not intended to replace professional care,
the app’s assessment revealed that patients using PTSD Coach had significantly improved self-coping ability and decreased symptoms associated with depression.

“We know from research and our own clinical experience that Veterans can recover and improve their quality of life with the right PTSD treatment plan,” Dr. Poonam Alaigh, the VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health told News4Jax. “We want our Veterans and those who care for them to have access to effective treatment options.”

The Senate designated June as PTSD Awareness Month in 2014 with the aim to raise public awareness of PTSD and the availability of effective treatments for those who are suffering. Responsive Health supports all of the veterans and thanks them for their service.

Online Symptom Reporting Benefits Cancer Patients as RxUniverse Extends Care for All Health Concerns

Online Symptom Reporting Benefits Cancer Patients as RxUniverse Extends Care for All Health Concerns

Patients with cancer often suffer through various symptoms between visits, leading many to become complacent with poor health. However, a recent study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology found cancer patients who used a personal computer to report symptoms to care providers saw extended and improved quality of life when compared to patients treated with medicinal care alone.

During the study, patients who self-reported received an immediate response nearly 80 percent of the time from their care provider. Clinicians were then able to prescribe medications to resolve pain, nausea or other treatment-related problems and were able to offer more comprehensive assessments during scheduled appointments. On average, the 766 patients involved in this program lived five months longer than those who did not record their symptoms online.

“You want to be able to reach your provider as early and easily as possible,” said Dr. Richard Schilsky, Chief Medical Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Schilsky went on to elaborate symptoms such as shortness of breath, could be alarming to clinicians and a signal that treatment is not working and needs to be adjusted or changed entirely.

This study further validates the need for healthcare providers to rethink traditional patient engagement. Consistent contact between patients and their health care providers enables clinicians to address any potential problems in real time, resulting in improved healthcare results for all patients as found in American Society of Clinical Oncology study.

RxUniverse is the Digital Medicine app prescribing platform providing high-touch patient care for health concerns and disease states, offering a comprehensive infrastructure for patient monitoring, symptom tracking and feedback.

Responsive Health Joins with Medical Technology Innovators at Health IMPACT East

Responsive Health co-founders Dr. Ashish Atreja and Ed Berde, along with VP of Corporate Development, Pavan Choksi, met with
numerous C-Level Healthcare executives and providers at the HealthIMPACT East Conference on Monday, June 5.

As one of the conference’s innovation partners, Responsive Health led discussions with NODE Health during a comprehensive, rapid fire-round table discussion focused on defining Digital Medicine and its pivotal role in the future of healthcare.

“I’m passionate about Digital Medicine and changing the way that people view digital health,” Mr. Berde said during the discussion. “With Responsive Health, we have three goals: first, define Digital Medicine and educate providers; second, validate Digital Medicine solutions; and third, provide a back bone for innovation across health systems.”

Dr. Atreja, also led several engaging conversations throughout the day. Topics included how digital innovation is suffering from a lack of shared evidence, examples of successful implementation and how organizations are collaborating to utilize innovation in order to realize transformation.

“Digital Medicine needs to be reproducible,” Dr. Atreja said. “The focus needs to be on technology that produces uniform results for clinicians, which then promotes integration into health systems and adoption by practitioner and patient alike.”

Other featured speakers and panelists included Bruce Darrow, the Chief Medical Information Officer at Mount Sinai; Ram Raju, the Senior Vice President of Northwell Health; Mandi Bishop, Founder and CEO of Lifely Insigts; Victoria Tiase, the Director of Informatics Strategy at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Gregory Downing, Founder of Innovation Horizons.