“Our virtual professional care services use state-of-the-art technology and clinical experts to help prolong independent living and are an affordable alternative to current options.”
Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home as long as possible, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute; 80 percent believe they will always live in their current residence. However, chronic diseases can escalate quickly, making independent living difficult and stressing adult children who may be too far away to effectively monitor their parents’ health status.
“Our virtual professional care services protect seniors’ ability to live independently and families’ right to peace of mind,” explained Minton.
Studies show continuous remote monitoring of those with chronic medical issues can facilitate more timely and appropriate interventions that reduce hospital admissions by 20 percent or more, total bed days by 25 percent or more.
“We provide early warning of changes in health status and informed clinically validated alerts. Together these can help prevent unnecessary medical procedures. In short, we intend to help reduce spiraling healthcare costs, one subscriber at a time.”
Service is expected to begin Q1 2016. Prospective subscribers may contact HealthPicket to reserve a spot now.
HealthPicket also launched its Web site and announced four inaugural advisors:
- Anette Asher—Founder & CEO, Care to Caregiver (San Diego) … Devoted to improving the lives of seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and related disorders, Asher is the former CEO of Glenner Memory Care Centers, a San Diego Senior Alliance board member, and former CEO of the Life Science Information Technology Global Institute.
- Trish Daly, RN, MPA, MS, FACHE … A board member and past president of the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders, Daly was director of operations improvement/system implementation management at Scripps Green Hospital, compliance and quality improvement director at UCSD Health Plan, and administrator of home-based services at Woodland Healthcare.
- Gary Mendoza, JD—Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Health eWay, Inc. (Los Angeles) … As Calif. Commissioner of Corporations, Mendoza impelled Blue Cross of California to create the California Endowment and California HealthCare Foundation. Other contributions include the restricted Knox-Keene license and the organizational architecture for California full-risk accountable-care organizations (ACOs).
- John M. (Jay) Shiver, MHA, LFACHE, FAAMA—Assistant Professor of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) … A former senior executive at Inova Fairfax Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Sibley Memorial Hospital, and a US Air Force Medical Service Corps captain, Shiver has spearheaded projects that promote independent living for the elderly. He co-authored Managing Integrated Health Systems: A Guide for Health Executives.
Founded to prolong independent living and help older Americans stay at home longer, HealthPicket offers an affordable way to monitor health status and manage care on a daily basis. Virtual professional care services enable seniors to preserve health, independence and privacy, while giving family members peace of mind.
Using state-of-the-art wireless sensors, medical devices and care management support software, specially trained US-licensed clinical experts monitor patient activities, vital signs and other health indicators. The goal is to improve medication compliance and general care plan adherence, and spot early signs of changes in health status so they can promptly issue informed alerts if and when appropriate.
Seniors can subscribe directly to HealthPicket’s technology-plus-human solution or a family member may subscribe on their behalf (details at http://healthpicket.com/service/faqs/).
A seasoned health IT executive whose forte is building teams and opening new markets, Minton has devoted his career to promoting the use of technology to improve healthcare delivery, focusing in recent years on telehealth and virtual care. As worldwide group marketing director, informatics, for Becton Dickinson, he led the cultural transformation required to scale an infection-control software unit from supplier to strategic solution provider. At Health Data Sciences (later Misys) and GE Healthcare (Centricity), he built and led national sales teams for two electronic health record pioneers. Minton also spent many years as corporate accounts manager for Hewlett-Packard’s medical division (now Philips Healthcare). More recently, he was product and business development director for Cardiac Science, a global FDA Class III cardiac resuscitation device company, and president of Waypoint Technology Partners, a healthcare consulting practice.
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