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May 2018

Outcome Health Announces New Board Members

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Appointments Demonstrate Company’s Commitment to Best-In-Class Governance & Operational Excellence

CHICAGO – May 31, 2018 – Outcome Health (“Outcome” or the “company”) today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Managers (“Board”). Outcome is a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes. The new board will provide guidance and oversight, working in partnership with executive leadership as the company continues to focus on its mission of improving outcomes for all stakeholders in the health community, including patients, caregivers and life sciences companies.

 Joining the Board are directors with experience across a range of relevant sectors including digital media, life sciences, software, analytics, communications and the financial services industries with broad expertise in leading organizations through transformations. The new board members include:

  • Mike Gamson: Senior Vice President of Global Solutions for LinkedIn
  • Robert Pelzer: Former President of Novartis Corporation
  • Matthew Ray: Founder and Managing Partner of Portage Point Partners and previous Co-founder of Victory Park Capital
  • Robert A. Schriesheim: Current Chairman of Truax Partners LLC and previous CFO of Sears Holding Corporation

The new board members released the following statement: “We are excited about working with the talented team at Outcome Health to provide doctors, patients and our business partners with a verifiable and dependable platform. We are gaining momentum as we focus on reestablishing trust in the marketplace and building on our commitment to operational excellence.”

The new appointments are a continuation of Outcome’s commitment to governance, transparency and operational excellence which includes receiving the first point-of-care industry independent certification in accordance with BPA Worldwide rules for audience qualification. Outcome also joined the International Advertising Bureau to lead the development of the most rigorous platform and campaign audit standards in the industry. The company now offers every customer a third-party proof of performance audit on any campaign. Additionally, investments in new technology and automation have significantly improved measuring campaign effectiveness.

Biographies of the new Outcome Health board members are included below:

Mike Gamson is Senior Vice President, Global Solutions for LinkedIn where he leads the Global Solutions Organization (GSO) across the company’s 30 offices worldwide. The GSO includes various functions ranging from field sales and professional services representatives, to research analysts, account managers and operational experts. Previously, Gamson was director of product marketing at Advent Software, a provider of enterprise software for investment managers, where he led the trading and order management business. Gamson began his career as an entrepreneur, founding a restaurant and boutique hotel which he eventually sold and joined Bank of America as a financial analyst. Gamson holds a BA from Amherst College.

 Robert Pelzer was President of Novartis Corporation from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that he was General Counsel of Novartis Pharma AG. Mr. Pelzer is currently a director of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sierra Oncology, Inc. as well as number of private companies. He previously served on the board of Index Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He holds a B Comm and an LLB from the University of Alberta.

 Matthew Ray is the Founder and Managing Partner of Portage Point Partners where he has served as Chief Restructuring Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Lead Independent Director, Restructuring Committee Chairman and Strategic Advisor leading organizational, operational, financial and strategic transformations for middle market companies. Prior to founding Portage Point, Matt Co-Founded Victory Park Capital where he was a Senior Partner and one of three founding members responsible for multi-billion dollar asset growth comprising a diversified fund offering. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Magnetar Capital and started his career in corporate and investment banking. Matt has served on 13 Boards of Directors and currently serves as a director of Ascent Aviation Services. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

 Robert A. Schriesheim is chairman of Truax Partners LLC and partners with institutional investors while serving on the boards of companies undergoing strategic and financial transformations with significant experience in the information services, software and communications sector. Previously Schriesheim was the CFO of a number of public companies ranging from approximately $1 billion to $40 billion in revenue, including retailer Sears Holdings Corporation, global human resource solutions provider Hewitt Associates and Lawson Software, a global ERP software provider. He has also served as a board director of 10 public companies and is currently a director of four publicly traded companies including, real estate company Forest City Realty Trust, international investment bank Houlihan Lokey, Inc., wireless provider NII Holdings Inc. (formerly Nextel International), semiconductor company Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and of privately held First Advantage, a global provider of analytics and outsourced talent solutions. Schriesheim has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University.

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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

 

Measuring Performance Outcomes

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At Outcome Health, we’ve made it a priority to ensure that every client feels confident in our campaign measurement. We’ve partnered with the leader in human data science to support our data and measurement analysis.

 

Outcome Health reaches patients when and where it matters most, which is why we hold ourselves to the industry’s highest standards. By ensuring that every customer receives accurate measurement results, we can demonstrate the value we bring to every customer. We are transforming our business in our commitment to yours.

Prevention is Beautiful

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Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30. Shelby Moneer, Director of Education at the Melanoma Research Foundation, shares how her perception of beauty has evolved since becoming a parent.


Shelby and daughter, Ava.

In 2014, I wrote a blog about the changes I’d experienced in my first two years of being a mother. Not so much about motherhood itself, but about protective instincts and how “beauty” seems to take on a different meaning. These experiences have helped to shape and strengthen my work with the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) and the melanoma community we serve. In the eight years since joining the MRF and working within this community, so much has changed…or has it?

Well, let’s take a look. Melanoma continues to be diagnosed at alarming rates and impacts people of every age, race and gender. It is the leading cause of cancer death in women aged 25-30. That’s right – more young women are lost to melanoma than any other cancer. That’s a statistic I take note of every day. Maybe it’s because I’m only a few (okay, a handful) of years removed from that age group, or maybe it’s because of my 5-year-old. I cringe when I see young women with unnaturally tanned skin or bright red sunburns next to the lines of natural skin where a bathing suit once was.

My daughter is now 5 – but sometimes acts like she’s 25 – and I can’t help but wonder, like all parents, if I’m doing this parenting thing right. We talk about bike helmets, seat belts, being a nice friend. We also talk about how everyone is different. She reminds me of this when she tells me that she doesn’t like something. “It’s okay, mom, because everyone is different. You like it, but I don’t.” See that comment above about being 25?

So far, I know that my husband and I have raised a young girl with a great deal of confidence, a strong personality, a good sense of humor and a love of sunscreen (or at least sunscreen application). I don’t know yet if she truly understands how dangerous too much sun can be. I haven’t talked to her about what exactly UV radiation is and how it can hurt us. She doesn’t know what cancer is. Or that the sun can cause it. I imagine we’ll tackle those topics soon, but not yet.

If I’ve learned anything over the past 5 years of parenting, it’s that sometimes I sound like a broken record. I repeat my message so my daughter hears me, listens to me, and understands me. Similarly, in melanoma prevention and early detection, I’ve learned that the message must be repeated and it must be communicated in a way that makes consumers want to engage, connect and take action. That’s why the MRF is excited to partner with Outcome Health to bring much needed attention to melanoma right at the point of care. Informed and empowered patients are the most important member of their health care team and relationships like this are critical to spreading awareness and preventative measures against the deadliest form of skin cancer.

To read Shelby’s original blog post, click here.

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Shelby Moneer is the Director of Education at the Melanoma Research Foundation and  is responsible for all development, implementation and assessment of the education program. Shelby was elected as the Co-Chair to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention for 2017-2020. She and her husband have two young children and live in St. Louis, MO. They enjoy playing and watching sports, spending time outdoors and being surrounded with friends and family.

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. The MRF is a dedicated advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. More information is available at www.melanoma.org.

New Guidelines for Colon and Rectal Cancer Screenings

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The American Cancer Society has updated its guidelines for colon and rectal cancer screenings and recommends that adults get screened started at age 45 instead of 50. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance commends and endorses this effort.

On May 30, 2018, the American Cancer Society announced newly updated guidelines for colon and rectal screening. Adults at average risk should get screened as early as age 45 instead of 50. We reached out to our friends at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance for their thoughts:

The increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in younger adults is an epidemic within the cancer community. By 2030, 10.9 percent of all colon cancers and 22.9 percent of all rectal cancers will be diagnosed in patients younger than age 50.

Together we must defy and redefine the odds. Today, the American Cancer Society proposed new guidelines that colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people of average risk.

If this new guideline is adopted, fewer people will be lost to this senseless killer. We commend the American Cancer Society and fully endorse their new guideline and commitment to saving lives.

Recently, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance established the Never Too Young Advisory Board so we may all join forces and take action around the issue of young-onset colorectal cancer. We plan to invest $10 million in critical research by 2021, which includes $3 million specifically for young-onset colorectal cancer. We will also double the number of constituents we serve and save 100,000 lives by 2026 through increased screening.

Across America, our Never Too Young Advisory Board will work tirelessly to educate primary care physicians and gastrointestinal medical professionals around symptoms of young-onset colorectal cancer. We will challenge insurance companies to step up to the plate and protect the young-onset population.

While this action by the American Cancer Society does not mean colorectal cancer screening tests will now be covered by insurance plans for people under age 50, it is a wonderful victory, and it’s up to all of us to keep moving the needle forward.

Michael Sapienza, CEO
Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Read the full version of Michael’s statement here

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.

Outcome Health Announces Partnership with Shatterproof to Break the Stigma Around Addiction

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Nationwide campaign will deliver educational and actionable information across digital platform into physician offices

CHICAGO – May 22, 2018 – Outcome Health, a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, today announced a partnership with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization committed to reducing the stigma associated with addiction. Through this partnership with Outcome Health, Shatterproof can deliver actionable healthcare intelligence to patients via a digital platform — specifically waiting room TVs and exam room wallboards — to physician practices across the country.

“Shatterproof is working to make sure every American has access to treatment based on proven research, without shame and stigma,” said Shannon Hartley, Chief Marketing Officer at Shatterproof. “By partnering with Outcome Health, we can get our evidence-based materials in front of patients while they’re with their doctors making some of the most important decisions about their health and lives.”

It is estimated that approximately 21 million Americans have a substance use disorder (SUD). In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, killing more Americans than car crashes and guns. According to Shatterproof, scientific evidence proves substance use disorder is indeed a chronic brain disease with viable treatments; despite the research, more than two-thirds of opioid treatment programs don’t even offer medication to the patient.

“The quality of treatment for substance use disorders is decades behind other chronic illnesses,” said Nancy Phelan, Senior Vice President of Life Sciences at Outcome Health. “Cancer and HIV are two diseases that were highly stigmatized for years but through education, the misperceptions have greatly reduced. Through this partnership with Shatterproof, we can reach patients at the point of the care with educational information to help break the stigma around addiction and ultimately save lives.”

Shatterproof recently convened a task force of leading addiction experts to work toward one goal: ensuring every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment based on proven research. The group developed the National Principles of Care, a standard for addiction treatment based on research, and for the first time, 16 leading healthcare payers have agreed to unite around this standard. The educational resources deployed across Outcome Health’s nationwide platform will explain the science of addiction, include messages to break stigmas, and encourage patients to talk to their doctor about pain management options.

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 Shatterproof
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.

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

Take #IBDBeyondBorders on World IBD Day!

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Saturday, May 19 is World IBD Day. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is working hard to break down borders, make IBD visible, educate others for better understanding, and strengthen the fight to find cures for IBD.

More than 10 million people worldwide live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system, causing abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss, and more.

May 19 marks World IBD Day – a day in which people worldwide unite in the fight against Crohn’s and colitis and raise awareness of the debilitating nature of these chronic incurable digestive diseases.

Every patient experiences IBD differently. Location, symptoms, and severity all vary, as do the ways the disease can affect you outside of the gut. And all of this is underscored by the awareness, understanding, and care that is available where you live. Because of this, IBD is truly a disease that goes beyond borders – geographic, physical, and emotional.

Below a few patients share their experiences living with Crohn’s or colitis:

Shawn, Ulcerative Colitis

“[Since my surgery,] I now live a life I never knew was possible – a life with very little colitis symptoms. Through my experiences, my biggest lesson learned is to never give up. There were so many nights when I sat in bed and cried, on someone’s toilet crying, in the hospital crying. Wanting it all to be over, this life to be over. – But because I went through it and learned from it, I am a much stronger person.”

Mitchell, Crohn’s Disease

“During the period of diagnosis, I had gotten very sick. I had lost over 60 pounds, I was throwing up every time I ate, and I had to quit sports because I couldn’t hold my own. I was to the point where I wanted to give up. I basically cut myself off from the world around me; I didn’t attend many school events, and I only told a few people what was wrong with me.

It took me about a year to finally accept my diagnosis and move on with life. One night, I just got sick of living life in the dark and I told myself that this is the life that I was given and that I am going to try and make the biggest difference I can. My family and friends have helped me cope and have given me so much support; I will never be able to thank them enough.”

Rena, Ulcerative Colitis

“Eight years after my initial diagnosis I found myself with a permanent ostomy. Her name is Rita, and together we are learning how to regain our lives back. I am thankful that she allows me to be able to study, travel, swim and indulge in my passion for cooking. I chronicle my journey on my blog, and hope that my story can help to support and inspire other young ostomates like me. My journey with IBD has also led me on a path to pursue a degree in acupuncture, something that has brought an invigorated joy for learning and a passion to help other patients suffering from chronic diseases.”

Shaun, Indeterminate Colitis

“By the age of nine, my mom (who was a total rock star throughout the entire process I love you, mom) and doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston decided to remove my colon. My body just couldn’t take the pain caused by my damaged, inflamed colon. At age 11 (or was it 12?), I had another surgery to remove a piece of my small intestine due to an intestinal blockage caused my scar tissue. This surgery, unfortunately, reduced my chances of having a j pouch a procedure my doctors said I was a strong candidate for at one point. Since the age of nine, I have been lucky enough to live free of any intestinal symptoms of IBD. My surgery was truly a life-saver.”

 

Help raise awareness on World IBD Day and tag #IBDBeyondBorders with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/WorldIBDDay to see all the ways you can get involved.

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Rebecca Kaplan is the public affairs & social media manager for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing education resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org, call 888-694-8872, or email info@crohnscolitisfoundation.org

Prioritizing Adolescent Immunizations

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Adolescent immunization rates are lagging below national goals. Unity Consortium is dedicated to educating teens about the importance of immunization and the vaccines recommended specifically for their age group.

Most teens have a lot of their plate. There’s school, homework, extra-curricular activities, sports for many, part-time jobs for some and of course, the social scene – both in person and the virtual kind. So it’s understandable that health, and in particular, immunizations are not a priority for many teens and young adults. But with adolescent immunizations rates lagging below national goals, we need to do more to educate teens about the importance of immunization and the vaccines recommended specifically for their age group.

Unity Consortium is partnering with Outcome Health to reach teens while they are visiting doctors via information that explains the critical role teen and young adult vaccination plays in disease prevention. These materials will also reach parents and healthcare providers who play a vital role in keeping teens healthy.

A recent Unity survey conducted by Harris poll sheds light on why adolescent vaccination rates remain far too low. In short, vaccination rates may be stagnant partly because of attitudes about vaccination and missed opportunities to vaccinate.

For example, the survey found that not all parents and teens realize the value of annual check-ups and vaccination. In fact, 4 in 10 parents and nearly 6 in 10 teens believe teens should only see a doctor when he/she feels sick. This belief likely reduce opportunities for physicians to discuss preventive health measures, such as vaccination, with teenagers and their parents. Similarly, the survey showed that 1 in 4 parents and teens believe that vaccines are for babies and not as important for teens and more than one-third of teens don’t know how being vaccinated helps them. By placing vaccine information in physician waiting room and exam rooms, Unity and Outcome Health hope to increase the understanding about vaccines so that these misperceptions can be addressed. The materials may also serve as a reminder to healthcare providers to check their patients’ immunization records, since less than half of the physicians surveyed reported issuing reminders to teens and their parents about needed or missed vaccinations.

The CDC recommends that adolescents receive the following vaccines to protect their health in the short and long-term.

• Meningococcal: Two distinct meningococcal disease vaccines (ACWY and B) protect against the most common types of bacterial meningitis. While most people recover from meningitis, permanent disabilities (such as brain damage, hearing loss, and learning disabilities) and even death can result from the infection. Receiving both vaccines can help ensure protection from these potentially devastating infections.

• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis [whooping cough]) and Td Booster (tetanus and diphtheria): Recently, there have been outbreaks of whooping cough in the United States.

• HPV (human papillomavirus): The vaccine is most effective at preventing HPV-associated cancers in both men and women when given during the preteen years.

• Flu: More serious than a cold, flu impacts an infected person for up to two weeks, but can also lead to serious and even deadly complications, such as pneumonia. A flu vaccination is needed annually as the flu strains change and, while there is still a low risk of catching the flu even with the shot, patients will often experience a milder case of the flu if vaccinated.
Annual checkups should be the norm, not the exception. Other ways to help to prioritize preventive health among adolescents include:

• Parents and teens: Learn more about the safety and the benefit of recommended vaccines.

o Unity Consortium has resources available about adolescent preventive health and vaccination.
o The CDC has available information on the vaccine schedule including recommended ages and catch-up opportunities.

• Immunizers: Make sure teens don’t skip annual check-ups, especially at 11-12 and 16 years of age when routine vaccines should be given.

o Set up a reminder system to alert parents and teens to make an appointment.
o When teens are in the office for any reason, discuss the need for immunizations so that there are no lingering concerns.
o To support healthcare providers, Unity Consortium has developed a program accessible on Unity4TeenVax.org that helps improve delivery of a confident, concise, and consistent recommendation for routinely recommended vaccines to adolescents.

A coordinated effort between teens, parents, and healthcare providers can positively impact preventive health decisions and raise the priority for adolescent immunization. For more information about Unity Consortium and the importance of preventive teen health strategies and vaccination visit http://www.unity4teenvax.org/.

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Judy Klein is President and a Founder of Unity Consortium. UNITY brings together a wide range of organizations all with a passion for improving health through a focus on adolescent and young adult preventive healthcare and immunization. Judy has held leadership positions at Merck and Procter and Gamble and is equally engaged with community organizations.  Judy has held a variety of leadership positions with Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) including on the Global and Philadelphia Boards of Directors. 

The Unity survey was supported by Pfizer Inc., a member of Unity Consortium. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll in 2016 among 506 teens aged 13-18, 515 parents of teens, and 405 primary care physicians. For complete survey methodology, please contact Unity.

UNITY Consortium is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that brings together diverse groups that share a common and passionate interest in health with a focus on adolescent and young adult preventive healthcare and immunization. Our members represent public and private organizations, industry, academia, healthcare providers, retailers, and advocacy groups. As one strong voice, Unity Consortium addresses the unique challenges surrounding adolescent and young adult preventive healthcare and immunization.

Outcome Health and The Lupus Initiative® Work Together To Raise Patient Awareness

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Organizations Collaborate to Deliver Lupus Information to Physician Offices Across the Country

CHICAGO – May 15, 2018 – Outcome Health, a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, today announced the continuation of an initiative to raise awareness of lupus across the country. The initiative will feature content from The Lupus Initiative® (TLI), a national program of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and deliver actionable health information to patients in a digital format. Participating physician practices will feature the educational programming on their waiting room TV monitors to patients awaiting care.

“ACR’s Lupus Initiative designs educational programs that increase awareness about lupus, advance health equity, eliminate health disparities, and improve the quality of life for people living with lupus,” said Sheryl McCalla, ACR Senior Director of Collaborative Initiatives. “By working with Outcome Health, we reach people with lupus and people experiencing lupus symptoms nationwide during the critical moments when they’re with their healthcare provider.”

Approximately 160,000 to 322,000 Americans are currently living with lupus and according to the ACR, lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men. Early diagnosis and treatment of lupus is critical to preventing long-term consequences of the disease.

“There is so much about lupus that remains unknown, therefore it’s critical that we leverage our nationwide network to raise awareness for this disease,” said Anil Harjani, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health. “Outcome Health is proud to work with TLI to provide support for patients, caregivers and survivors.”

In recognition of Lupus Awareness month in May, Outcome Health and TLI will focus on deploying resources to educate patients and providers about the signs and symptoms of lupus across Outcome Health’s nationwide rheumatology network. TLI recently launched a campaign called “Be Fierce. Take Control™”, which encourages women to take control of their health and not ignore possible symptoms of lupus, such as fatigue and joint pain.
Outcome Health’s nationwide network reaches 41,242 practices and its platform includes technologies such as the Waiting Room TV, which can promote specialty-specific content and deliver lifestyle management videos to patients’ pre-consultation.

About The Lupus Initiative
The Lupus Initiative® (TLI) is a multi-faceted education program designed to reduce disparities and improve outcomes among people with lupus. TLI is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus in populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender.

About the American College of Rheumatology 
The American College of Rheumatology is an international medical society representing over 9,600 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with a mission to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. In doing so, the ACR offers education, research, advocacy and practice management support to help its members continue their innovative work and provide quality patient care. Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

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 Initiative with Melanoma Research Foundation to Raise Skin Cancer Awareness

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Partnership Will Provide Educational Information to Help Patients Nationwide Take Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

CHICAGO – May 08, 2018 – Outcome Health, which provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, announced today an initiative with the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), the largest non-profit in the country working exclusively in the area of melanoma. In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month in May, Outcome Health and the MRF will collaborate to deliver actionable educational information around melanoma prevention and detection to dermatology and primary care providers across Outcome Health’s nationwide network.

“We believe that informed, empowered patients live longer and better lives and are essential members of their healthcare team,” said Shelby Moneer, Director of Education at the MRF. “By leveraging Outcome Health’s nationwide point-of-care platform, we can educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma when they’re making some of the most important decisions of their lives.”

According to the MRF, melanoma is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in people ages 15-29 and is the leading cause of cancer death for women ages 25-30. It is estimated that over 178,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2018.

“It’s staggering to learn that 90% of melanoma cases are linked to UV exposure and are considered to be preventable,” said Anil Harjani, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health. “Through this initiative with the MRF, we can distribute educational content to patients across the country to make them aware of the signs and symptoms of melanoma, in addition to providing tips for staying safe and healthy.”

The educational information in this campaign includes self-screening guides for children and adults. It will be deployed across Outcome Health’s platform, which includes technologies such as the Exam Room Wallboard. This interactive product 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 Melanoma Research Foundation 
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. The MRF is a dedicated advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF’s work spans all subtypes of melanoma and those fighting it, including cutaneous (skin) melanoma, ocular (eye) melanoma, mucosal melanoma and pediatric melanoma. The MRF’s website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. More information is available at www.melanoma.org. Find the MRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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