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February 2018

Half of Americans Have High Blood Pressure According to New Guidelines

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Updated blood pressure guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure.

A study by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association examined how new blood pressure guidelines impact treatment recommendations for U.S. adults. These updated guidelines reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, yet not all require blood pressure-lowering medication.

Previous guidelines defined high blood pressure as readings of 140/90 mmHg or higher, with 32% of participants falling into this range. By dropping the high blood pressure definition to 130/80 mmHg or above, nearly half (46%) of U.S. adults now have hypertension.

Fortunately, not all 46% of adults will require medication to lower their blood pressure. It’s estimated that the number of adults needing medication will increase by only 2% because medication is recommended for patients only with high cardiovascular risk or those with stage 2 hypertension.

Click here to read the full article posted by CardioSmart.org

 

Outcome Health Leverages Platform to Stop Spread of Flu

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Recent numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that this year’s flu season ranks among the worst in nearly a decade. As of Feb 3, influenza activity has spread to every state. In that week alone, 10 children died from flu-related illnesses, bringing this season’s total to 63.

Lena H. Sun from the Washington Post has done extensive reporting on this year’s epidemic. Health officials confirmed that this year’s flu season started early and that there’s been an increase in the number of people visiting their doctors or health-care providers for flu-like symptoms. Therefore, point of care is a powerful place for patients to learn about flu prevention as they ride out the rest of this season. Outcome Health is using its health-education platform to deploy information to its nationwide provider-network of 42,000 offices in an effort to educate patients on the best ways to prevent the spread of flu. This campaign will run from February 1st through March 31st.

Protect Yourself from the Flu! from Outcome Health on Vimeo.

For the most up to date influenza reports, visit the CDC’s Fluview.

Outcome Health and the American College of Cardiology Announce Innovative Partnership to Improve Heart Health

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Organizations Collaborate to Co-Design and Deliver CardioSmart Information in Physician Offices Across the Country

CHICAGO, February 12, 2018 – Outcome Health, a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, today announced an innovative partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health across the country.  Through this partnership, Outcome Health and the ACC’s patient education and empowerment initiative, CardioSmart, will collaborate to co-design and deliver actionable healthcare intelligence to patients via digital devices — including waiting room screens, patient tablets and wallboards — in physician practices in the critical moments of care.

“Educating patients on their heart disease risk and the steps they can take toward preventing heart disease are among the highest priorities of the American College of Cardiology,” said Martha Gulati, MD, FACC, editor-in-chief of CardioSmart.org. “Through this partnership, we’ll be able to extend our reach to patients in the Outcome Health network at most risk and give them the tools they need to live a heart healthy lifestyle.”

Outcome Health’s platform includes technologies such as the Exam Room Tablet, which can onboard patients to lifestyle management programs, as well as deliver interactive resources and health assessments to patients’ pre-consultation. It also includes the Digital Wallboard, which offers access to 3D anatomical renderings for use during the consultation. On Outcome Health’s Digital Wallboard, 3D anatomical renderings of the heart are used more than any other diagram during patient consultations with their healthcare provider.

In recognition of American Heart month in February, Outcome Health and the ACC will focus on deploying resources to educate patients and providers about the recently updated blood pressure guidelines to ensure patients are aware of their cardiovascular risk. In addition to partnering with the ACC to drive innovation and outcomes across its member network of 52,000 cardiologists and cardiovascular care team members, Outcome Health will deliver resources from CardioSmart to offices across its network of more than 40,000 practices.

“The American College of Cardiology takes a holistic approach towards transforming cardiovascular care and heart health,” said Anil Harjani, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health.  We look forward to adding another dimension to this important work through our platform. Together, we strive to deliver the best outcome possible to the millions of patients, physicians and caregivers that we impact.”

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About the American College of Cardiology
The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 52,000-member nonprofit medical professional society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

About Outcome Health
Outcome Health is a healthcare innovation company reinventing the point of care to facilitate better outcomes for patients, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, health advocacy groups, leading content creators and brand sponsors, Outcome Health makes critical moments more impactful by bringing educational content into the physician’s office. Our BPA-certified digital network spans waiting, exam and infusion rooms across the country, serving relevant content when it’s most needed.

Contact:
Outcome Health Press Office
pressoffice@outcomehealth.com

Outcome Health Announces Campaign to Raise Awareness During Severe Flu Season

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Network-wide Campaign Will Encourage Flu Shots, Other Precautionary Measures

CHICAGO, February 7, 2018 – Outcome Health, which provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, announced today that it has launched a flu education campaign across its platform to help patients understand the risk of contracting the flu and how to take precautionary measures. The campaign, ran pro bono with content from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is currently active across more than 80,000 digital devices within the Outcome Health network of 40,000 physician offices and health systems in the country.

“This year’s flu season has been devastating for at-risk populations, including the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, but it has also hit otherwise healthy people unusually hard,” said Anil Harjani Vice President, Product Management & Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health. “By increasing awareness of the risks and educating patients about how to prevent the spread of influenza, our goal is to keep more people healthy through the duration of flu season and help save lives.”

While flu shots have been available for months, CDC recommends that all unvaccinated individuals get the shot as quickly as possible, as flu season may not have peaked. The CDC also advises that certain groups are at a high risk of developing serious complications if they contract influenza, including pregnant women, children younger than 5, people 65 and older and any individual with certain chronic medical conditions.

The Outcome Health campaign will provide information about protecting those who are unable to get the vaccine, and actions to take if you or someone in your household gets sick. Health officials have confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of people visiting their doctors or health-care providers for flu-like symptoms; therefore, point of care is a powerful tool for patients to learn how to stay healthy.

The CDC says this season’s epidemic is on track to rival the 2014-15 flu season. That year, the CDC estimates 34 million Americans got the flu, with more than 700,000 hospitalized.

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About Outcome Health
Outcome Health is a healthcare innovation company reinventing the point of care to facilitate better outcomes for patients, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, health advocacy groups, leading content creators and brand sponsors, Outcome Health makes critical moments more impactful by bringing educational content into the physician’s office. Our BPA-certified digital network spans waiting, exam and infusion rooms across the country, serving relevant content when it’s most needed.

Contact:
Outcome Health Press Office
pressoffice@outcomehealth.com