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March 2018

Outcome Health and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Announce Campaign to Support Patient Education

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Innovative Partnership Will Raise Awareness for Colorectal Cancer Which Is The Third Most Commonly Diagnosed Cancer

CHICAGO, March 28, 2018 – Outcome Health, a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, today announced a partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (the Alliance) to make patients aware of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Through this partnership, Outcome Health and the Alliance will deliver actionable healthcare intelligence to patients via digital devices — specifically exam room wallboards — in physician practices across the country.

“Young people, in the prime of their lives, are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer more often and at a later stage than any other age group,” says Sara Geist, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Alliance. “Through our partnership with Outcome Health, we can reach a wider audience and increase awareness to the under fifty community.”

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, this year, roughly 95,520 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, 39,910 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer, and 50,260 will die from this disease. Last year, the Alliance surveyed 1,500 young onset colorectal cancer survivors and found that 82% were initially misdiagnosed and 67% saw at least two doctors before being correctly diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

“The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is tirelessly working to raise awareness of and fund critical research for colorectal cancer,” said Anil Harjani, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health. “We are proud to work with the Alliance to provide support for patients, caregivers and survivors.”

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March, Outcome Health and the Alliance will focus on deploying resources to educate patients and providers about the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Outcome Health will deliver this information to all primary care and gastrointestinal providers across its nationwide network.

Outcome Health’s platform includes technologies such as the Waiting Room TV, which can promote specialty-specific content and deliver lifestyle management videos to patients’ pre-consultation. It also includes the Exam Room Wallboard, which offers access to 3D anatomical renderings for use during the consultation. Physicians can zoom, rotate and annotate body systems and disease states to give patients a personalized visual of their health.

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About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colorectal cancer. Working with our nation of passionate allies, we diligently support the needs of patients and families, caregivers, and survivors, eagerly raise awareness of preventative screening, and continually strive to fund critical research. As allies in the struggle, we are fiercely determined to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. For more information, visit ccalliance.org.

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

National Diabetes Alert Day – March 27, 2018

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Patrick with his wife, Sara, and daughter, Charlotte.

The United States has the highest prevalence of diabetes among developed nations. As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans (9.4% of the population) had diabetes. Of those living with the disease, 7.2 million were undiagnosed.

Rather than continue to bombard you with facts and figures, Outcome Health is using this year’s National Diabetes Alert day to put a name and a face behind this highly diagnosed disease and its impact on one’s life. Meet Patrick Cummings, Vice President of Technology Experience, who has taken the time to share a bit about his journey with diabetes.

How old were you when you were diagnosed? 
I was 33 when I was diagnosed as a Type 1.

Do you have a family history of diabetes? 
My father is a Type 1. He was diagnosed at 32, I was diagnosed at 33. Less than 10% of Type 1’s are diagnosed in their 30s.

What was your initial understanding of diabetes when you learned you had it? 
I had grown up watching my father manage his diabetes, so when I was diagnosed I was somewhat prepared and understood what I had to do. I was on a cruise ship for my honeymoon in diabetic shock. I knew something was wrong when I lost 7 pounds while on a cruise.

What has your treatment been over the years? 
I inject both long acting and short acting insulin. Recently, I’ve made the decision to move to an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor and will begin wearing the pump in the next few weeks once I complete my training on the pump.

How do you manage your diabetes on a daily basis?
I test my blood sugar in the morning, before each meal, and before bed. I take a short acting bolus before each meal, and a long acting bolus each evening, and any corrections that might be needed.

How much of a financial burden is your treatment ? 
When I was first diagnosed, I had just switched employers, and my insurance had not started. Cobra had not kicked in yet and my new insurance would not start for 2 weeks. I had to cover almost $2000 that first night. It makes you realize the importance of healthcare.

Do you have any fears about diabetic complications in the future? 
With the advancements in treatment over the past decade, I’m excited for what the future will bring. Each month you read about new technologies and methods for making diabetes something you can control. My new pump has an auto mode, where it moderates my insulin for me. I’m excited for the advancement of technology where oneday we will have a true artificial pancreas.

What’s one thing you want other people to know about diabetes? 
Having diabetes is a long term project you need to manage. You need to take each day at a time, learn to understand your body, and understand that each day is one step closer towards progress.

The following are signs and symptoms of diabetes:
– Urinating often
– Feeling very thirsty
– Feeling very hungry – even though you’re eating
– Extreme fatigue
– Blurry vision
– Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
– Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
– Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

To lower your risk of developing diabetes, follow these guidelines:
– Maintain a healthy weight
– Be physically active
– Manage blood pressure
– Understand your family history
– Quit smoking

And as always, seek the advice and guidance of your healthcare professional.

Outcome Health Announces Release of Next-Generation Infusion Room Tablet for Oncology Clinics Nationwide

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The tablets offer new features that guide patients through treatment with support resources, empathy and entertainment

CHICAGO, March 08, 2018 – Outcome Health, the health intelligence technology leader that is revolutionizing patient care, today announced the release of the next generation of its Infusion Room Tablet (IRT), a flagship product in the Outcome Health line of products that empower patients at the moment of care. The IRT is designed to assist oncology patients during treatment, creating a more positive experience during lengthy infusions.

“The next generation of Infusion Room Tablets is state-of-the-art and provides more features to make oncology patients more comfortable during treatment,” says Nandini Ramani, Chief Operating Officer of Outcome Health. “Oncology patients often spend up to three hours getting a single treatment, and our new tablets will provide content that helps them pass the time in a more comforting, informative and inspirational way.”

The updated IRTs feature more customizable content, including the ability for providers to share information about the clinic, available clinical trials, condition education, treatment resources, surveys, custom links and more. They also contain a wealth of inspiration and entertainment options, including patient success stories, meditation resources and popular movies. Other new features, such as a “topic selector” button and clearly labeled advertisements, increase ease of use for both clinics and patients.

“As a cancer survivor, the support resources featured on the Infusion Room Tablets play a major role in a patient’s journey by empowering them to be more engaged and successfully complete their treatments,” says Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization providing one-to-one support for cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. “Whether it’s through meditation exercises, having access to condition information or watching a movie, Outcome Health’s IRT helps support cancer patients through every aspect of their experience.”

“These cutting-edge tablets build on the success of the first-generation Outcome Health IRTs, which are currently deployed in over 650 clinics across the country,” says Andrew Hotle, Product Manager at Outcome Health. “Cancer treatment can be an incredibly difficult experience, both physically and emotionally, and we’re proud to release a product that guides patients through the experience with empathy and positivity.”

“The new interface has been redesigned to be truly patient-centric,” says Michael Gunn, Head of Product Experience at Outcome Health. “We worked with a sample of patients to improve usability and overall experience, while being sensitive to their needs while they spend extended periods of time within the infusion room.” The updated interface uses clear and concise language that speaks directly to the patient, helping them understand what to expect when using the device, how it works, and where to find more information.

With significant improvements to data analytics and reporting, the IRT is now BPA-approved and setting the standard for Outcome Health’s devices. The IRTs are part of the company’s health intelligence platform, a BPA-certified network of more than 152,000 digital devices including waiting room screens, exam and infusion room tablets, exam room wallboards and Wi-Fi access in more than 41,000 physician offices across the country.

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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