Oculus Health said last week that it launched a mobile application designed to connect patients and providers and make use of remote monitoring equipment.
The app is designed specifically for chronic-care use, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company said, and enables remote care monitoring, with the added bonus of risk indicators for patients whose health may deteriorate or be vulnerable to treatment adherence issues.
Starting this year, Medicare will be reimbursing for the cost of documented care coordination, the company said. The application meets Medicare billing requirements and is now available for Apple iOS and Google Android devices, the company added.
"We empower users to take control of their health, and provide a complete and detailed health history along with a personalized health itinerary, so patients, caregivers, and their providers are all on the same page. We make it very easy for patients to communicate with their care team in a secure HIPAA compliant manner. We also provide 24-7 care concierge services, medication reconciliation and individualized health coaching to ensure users are making progress and following through on their medical care activities. To encourage better treatment adherence all care plan activities and health goals are incentivized through a highly engaging and proven rewards model. Users are rewarded with points for daily completion of health and wellness activities which can be exchanged for tangible rewards including gift cards and consumer products," co-founder Jenicka Hornung said in a press release.
The application will allow for electronic medical records to be consolidated, as well as information from wearable fitness trackers, smart medical devices and other health and wellness mobile applications, according to Oculus Health.
“Our company is unique for its singular focus seeking to simplify and bridge communication across health providers in a transparent, data-driven, and patient centric manner," Hornung said in a press release.
Earlier this month, data reported at the annual Heart Rhythm Management conference in Boston showed fewer hospitalizations, shorter hospital stays and significantly lower costs for patients whose cardiac rhythm management device are equipped with remote monitoring capabilities.