Navicent Health in Macon and SynsorMed, a startup born at Navicent Health’s Center for Disruption and Innovation, have launched a mobile app to help patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remain healthy and avoid hospitalization. The app is a digital solution that enables COPD patients to take charge of their care. It also allows care coordinators to connect with patients and intervene before a hospital or emergency room visit becomes necessary.
The SynsorMed app sends participating COPD patients daily alerts about medications and asks a few brief survey questions about how they’re feeling. (COPD is a chronic lung disease in which air flow from the lungs is obstructed, causing breathing difficulty, chronic cough and other respiratory problems.) Based on patients’ responses to the questions, care coordinators will be notified if there is potential cause for concern. Patients can also contact their care coordinators directly through the app.
The app, which is HIPPA-compliant and compatible with electronic medical records, is designed to reduce hospital readmissions among COPD patients, particularly among African-American males who are at a higher risk for readmission. Along with reducing return visits to the hospital, the app is designed to help resolve disparities in care among all patient populations.
To learn more about Navicent Health’s innovative approaches to improve patient care, check out “Collaboration and Compassion” in our September issue.
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