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May 2019

It’s Time for Bladder Cancer to Come Out of the Water Closet and Into Point of Care

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This article is written by Stephanie Chisolm, Director of Education & Research at Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, one of Outcome Health’s health advocacy partners.

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer and this year more than 81,000 Americans will be diagnosed. Yes, it does happen more often in older Americans.   Yes, it does happen more often in men than in women. Yes, people with a history of exposure to smoking (and vaping) are at higher risk of developing bladder cancer. But…

Most will learn about bladder cancer the hard way when they are diagnosed. Approximately 17,000 die from bladder cancer every year, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) wants everyone to know that this cancer can and does happen at any age. And it is a serious disease. May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month and May is a great time to help ensure that everyone becomes #BladderCancerAware – all year long.

We value our partnership with Outcome Health because their job, like ours, is information dissemination. This collaboration will allow us to reach patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals all converging at the point of care so that everyone can become more #BladderCancerAware. For BCAN, the more people who know about the signs, symptoms and risk factors for bladder cancer, the better. Early diagnosis is key to more successful patient outcomes.

If you see blood in your urine, at any age, go see to your doctor as soon as possible. Urine should be clear and a light-yellow color. Visible blood in your urine is known as gross hematuria. But blood that can only be seen in your urine test (cytology) at the doctor’s office should also be checked out.

When Rick noticed urgency and more frequent urination for over a year, he never questioned when his doctor just commented that he was getting older. However, when he saw a light tinge of blood in his urine at age 48, he went straight to the urologist and was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Bladder cancer also occurs in women. At 57 years old, Anne was too busy fighting for her country to question why multiple rounds of antibiotics didn’t get rid of the blood she saw in her urine.

Some of the risk factors for developing bladder cancer are avoidable, others, like getting older, are not.

Knowing risk factors for bladder cancer also helps with early diagnoses. They include:

  • Smoking: Smoking is the greatest risk factor. Smokers get bladder cancer twice as often as people who don’t smoke.
  • Chemical exposure: Some chemicals used in the making of dye have been linked to bladder cancer. People who work with chemicals called aromatic amines may have higher risk. These chemicals are used in making rubber, leather, printing materials, textiles and paint products.
  • Race: Caucasians are twice as likely to develop bladder cancer as are African Americans or Hispanics. Asians have the lowest rate of bladder cancer.
  • Age: The risk of bladder cancer increases as you get older.
  • Gender: While men get bladder cancer more often than women, recent statistics show an increase in the number of women being diagnosed with the disease. Unfortunately, because the symptoms of bladder cancer are similar to those of other gynecologic and urinary diseases affecting women, women may be diagnosed when their disease is at a more advanced stage.
  • Chronic bladder inflammation: Urinary infections, kidney stones and bladder stones don’t cause bladder cancer, but they have been linked to it.
  • Personal history of bladder cancer: People who have had bladder cancer have a higher chance of getting another tumor in their urinary system. People whose family members have had bladder cancer may also have a higher risk.
  • Birth defects of the bladder: Very rarely, a connection between the belly button and the bladder doesn’t disappear as it should before birth and can become cancerous.
  • Arsenic: Arsenic in drinking water has been linked to a higher risk of bladder cancer.
  • Earlier Treatment: Some drugs (in particular Cytoxan/cyclophosphamide) or radiation used to treat other cancers can increase the risk of bladder cancer.

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Stephanie Chisolm is the Director of Education & Research at Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. For more information about bladder cancer, its signs and symptoms as well as research, treatment and support options, please visit www.BCAN.org or call 888-901-BCAN.

Outcome Health Completes Comprehensive Recapitalization And Secures Significant New Equity Capital

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Strengthens Market Position and Enables Company to Continue to Lead Innovation in Point of Care

CHICAGO – May 9, 2019 – Outcome Health, a healthcare innovation company focused on making the point of care experience more meaningful for patients and physicians, today announced that it has reached an agreement to complete a recapitalization in partnership with its lenders and investors. The agreement provides for a significant new equity capital investment and positions Outcome Health for continued leadership and growth in point of care.

“This is a tremendous result and we are elated by the support from both existing and new investors who believe in our unique ability to innovate and transform point of care,” said Matt McNally, Chief Executive Officer, Outcome Health.  “Looking ahead, we will be better able to execute on our strategy, invest in our future growth and drive value for all our stakeholders.”

Through the recapitalization, Littlejohn & Co., LLC (“Littlejohn”), a leading middle-market private investment firm, is acquiring a majority interest in Outcome Health. Gentry Klein, a Managing Director at Littlejohn, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Matt McNally and the dedicated management team at Outcome Health. Under their stewardship, the company has been transformed into the leader in validation, auditing, and campaign measurement in the rapidly growing point of care marketing space. We are excited to invest in the preeminent industry platform and support Outcome Health to provide best-in-class service to their customers and partners.”

The company plans to use the proceeds from its recapitalization to fund its long-term strategic plan, which was validated by third-party experts in the media and pharmaceutical marketing sectors.

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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, caregivers, 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 impactful content when it’s most needed.

About Littlejohn & Co., LLC

Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. With over $10 billion in regulatory assets under management, the firm seeks to build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change. For more information about Littlejohn, visit www.littlejohnllc.com.

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Outcome Health Announces Partnership with Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

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Organizations Collaborate to Deliver Nationwide Campaign During National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

CHICAGO – May 06, 2019 – Outcome Health, a healthcare innovation company focused on evolving the point-of-care market, today announced a partnership with Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), the first national patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. The two organizations will launch a nationwide educational campaign to increase public awareness about bladder cancer and prevention directly to patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals at the point of care.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 80,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year. Outcome Health collaborated with BCAN to distribute creative assets (digital posters and videos) across its nationwide digital platform to elevate bladder cancer awareness, including research and educational resources, for audiences at the point of care.

“BCAN is on the front-lines advocating for greater public awareness and increased funding for research to identify effective treatments and eventually a cure for bladder cancer,” said Andrea Maddox-Smith, BCAN’s CEO. “Our partnership with Outcome Health will allow us to reach people while they’re with their doctor, making both parties aware of the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer before it’s too late.”

In recognition of Bladder Cancer Awareness month in May, Outcome Health will distribute BCAN’s message across its platform, which includes technologies such as Waiting Room TV screens, which can promote specialty-specific content and deliver lifestyle management videos to patients’ pre-consultation, and Exam Room Wallboards, which offer access to 3D anatomical renderings for use during the consultation.

“Men are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than women, which is why we’ve ensured that BCAN’s message will be deployed to our devices at urologists’ offices across the country,” said Heidi Anderson, Chief Growth Officer of Outcome Health. “Early detection is critical for a better prognosis, and Outcome is proud to support BCAN’s medical and research professionals who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.”

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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, caregivers, 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 impactful content when it’s most needed.

About Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Since 2005, BCAN has been the leading voice for bladder cancer in the US, providing resources to those diagnosed with the disease as well as their families, caregivers and the medical community. The organization is setting the agenda for bladder cancer by promoting and funding collaborative, cutting-edge research programs, and providing critical patient support and education services. For more information, visit www.bcan.org or call 1-888-901-BCAN (2226).

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