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Easter Seals New Jersey partners with CareSpeak Communications to Launch Mobile Health Tools

Easter Seals New Jersey has partnered with CareSpeak Communications to bring mobile health tools to individuals with disabilities in New Jersey. The CareSpeak two-way text messaging mHealth platform enables individuals, living in community housing or transitioning into independent living, become more compliant with their medical treatment regimens. It also enables community home managers and nurses to manage and monitor large patient populations.

When it’s time for the individual to take their medications, the system sends them a text message alert with detailed instructions. Using very simple text commands individuals can confirm intake. If the individual doesn’t confirm medication intake within a pre-determined amount of time (e.g. 30 minutes), a follow up escalation text alert is sent to up to two caregivers, in this case the community home managers and/or nurse, alerting them that patient potentially didn’t take the medication. The caregiver message included the patients’ cell phone number allowing for immediate dialing.

Additionally, patients with type 1 and 2 Diabetes can be prompted by the CareSpeak system to measure and report their blood sugar levels (BGL). The reported values are charted on-line and can be taken to the next doctor’s visit. If patients forget to report their BGL, or report BGL values that are out-of-safe range, the CareSpeak mHealth system notifies the caregivers allowing for immediate intervention.

CareSpeak’s system uses everyday technology and existing behavior to help solve this significant problem of compliance. It is easy to use, affordable and accessible anytime, anywhere, making it especially suitable for individuals who do not have smart phones running apps requiring costly data connectivity plans. It doesn’t require learning a new system or purchasing and carrying another device.
The efficacy of the CareSpeak mHealth system was tested with the Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s pediatric liver transplant program, and results were published in the November 2009 issues of Pediatrics, and it was subsequently written about in the New York Times. The study found that as a result of receiving regular text alerts through the CareSpeak system, patients were more likely to have higher adherence rates. The number of rejections dramatically decreased from 12 episodes the previous year to only two during the study.

Read the entire article at: Easter Seals and CareSpeak Communications Partner for New mHealth Tools

 

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