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July 2020

Saved by the Scan for Outcome Health

August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day

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August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day, and with it, represents an intention to educate people on the disease that is responsible for nearly 1 in every 5 cancer deaths. There are many different factors that can lead to the development of lung cancer, but smoking tobacco is by far the most prevalent and is cited as the cause for nearly 80% of all lung cancer deaths. However, exposure to diesel fumes, radon, asbestos, or even general air pollution are also known to lead to various lung cancers.

In addition to the general problem of lung cancer as a whole, with the ever-growing COVID-19 pandemic, proper lung health is of the utmost importance for many—not just those with a proper diagnosis. Those who are at higher risk are now faced with a serious dilemma. And with diseases like asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and lung cancers affecting nearly 37 million Americans, the risks associated with everyday activities are significantly highlighted for those individuals and those in contact with them.

Types of Lung Cancer and Treatment

Currently, the most aggressive form of lung cancer is small cell lung cancer (SCLC), and it accounts for 10-15% of all lung cancer diagnoses. SCLC cells tend to grow more quickly and metastasize more easily than other lung cancers. Many times, this results in a diagnosis only after the cancer has spread to a point where the likelihood of recovery is quite low. While this cancer is aggressive, if it can be detected early before it has had time to advance, there are treatment options available which can drastically improve patient survival rate.

With such dangerous diseases, the issue of curing them is paramount yet many remain incurable. Mesothelioma is one example of these types of cancer. It most commonly occurs in the lining of the lungs, and is known to be caused by inhalation of asbestos fibres. Unfortunately, due to varying factors, diagnosis of this cancer is quite rare — accounting for about 0.2% of all cancer diagnoses in the United States. Since it is so rare, it is also frequently misdiagnosed, which only further hinders the quality of care patients receive. However, if diagnosed properly and early, new treatments can vastly improve both quality of life and general life expectancy.

The most common form of lung cancer is known as lung adenocarcinoma, which accounts for around 30% of all lung cancer cases. Adenocarcinomas can also commonly be found in other areas such as the breasts, prostate, pancreas, or colon. Treatment for this type of lung cancer may vary based on differing factors, but in many cases, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation are readily available options. Adenocarcinomas more commonly occur in women and it’s the most common form of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked.

Lung Cancer Education and Prevention

Overall, lung cancer has, and still continues to, tragically affect the lives of those who are or may be diagnosed. Education around the adverse side effects of things such as smoking/secondhand smoke, exposure to harmful chemicals, and even other unsuspecting factors proves time and time again to be of great importance in mitigating those risks. One of the best things former smokers can do is to take a low-dose CT lung cancer screening test. In 2018, Outcome Health worked with the Ad Council and American Lung Association to tailor their successful “Saved By The Scan” campaign for our point-of-care platform. By adding data points around survival rates when lung cancer is caught, we hoped to drive more patients to be screened.

Saved by the Scan for Outcome Health

By working with health advocacy groups like the Ad Council, Outcome Health can ensure that impactful messages are reaching patients in the moments that matter most. Learn more about our partnership with the Ad Council. 

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Outcome Health and Leading Healthcare Organizations #ShareTheScope in One-Day Social Media Turnover for Equity and Justice in Healthcare

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Black Organizations to Educate on Healthcare Needs of the Black Community

CHICAGO – JULY 20, 2020 – Outcome Health and seven leading organizations in healthcare marketing, media, content creation and advocacy will #ShareTheScope in a one-day campaign on Wednesday, July 22 when they turn over their social media channels to eight organizations and influencers focused on health issues and disparities facing the Black community. By “sharing the stethoscope” and their social media space, audiences will be exposed to new voices and perspectives from those who are tirelessly advocating for equity and justice in healthcare.

#sharethescopeBased on the highly successful #ShareTheMicNow, eight pairs of organizations, with a reach of more than one million followers, will #ShareTheScope with the aim of amplifying Black voices working toward change in America’s embedded racist healthcare system and reaching an audience they previously hadn’t.

Outcome Health, a healthcare innovation company reinventing Point of Care to facilitate better outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals, recognizes that economic instability, physical environment, inadequate education and lack of access to healthcare systems can perpetuate health disparities. Data compiled over a century by the National Medical Association, the oldest African American healthcare organization representing more than 50,000 Black physicians, shows that heart disease, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy-related deaths and COVID-19 are just a few of the health issues disproportionately affecting Black Americans. To engage and raise awareness, Outcome Health rallied industry leaders to effectively turn over their platforms for a day to demonstrate the urgency to eliminate racial discrimination in health care and create forums to educate the public.

“#ShareTheScope is Outcome Health’s call to action to the industry to educate and advocate on the deeply embedded gaps in healthcare for Black families,” stated Matt McNally, Outcome Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “Knowledge is power, so we decided to connect prominent Black organizations with our peers in healthcare who have a shared desire for justice to act together to collectively walk the walk, not just talk the talk….that’s who Outcome Health is. We intend to raise the bar on all aspects within the point of care space, which is a key piece of our mission as an organization.”

Outcome Health will #ShareTheScope with Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, the second-largest urban medical district in the United States and home to four major hospitals.

“Despite the fact that healthcare in America has been a topic of debate for decades, the needs of people of color have not been given equitable consideration,” said Dr. McKinney.  “The opportunity to ‘Share the ‘Scope’ with Outcome Health for education and advocacy should be a catalyst to a growing recognition of the existing health disparities suffered by Black Americans, and we trust it will encourage more people to use their voices loudly to enact meaningful, lasting change .”

“#ShareTheScope fits well with our mission to mobilize and engage women and organizations to pursue greater opportunities for gender and racial justice,” said Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, “This is a great opportunity to educate and shift public perception about the needs of Black women’s health.”

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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 relevant content into the physician’s office, where health is top of mind. Our BPA-certified digital network spans waiting, exam and infusion rooms across the country, serving impactful content when it’s most needed.

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Get the Most Out of Your Partnership with Outcome Health

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Partnering with Outcome Health shows that you are committed to providing your patients the best possible clinical experience. In the upcoming months, we will release a series of articles to help you get the most out of your Outcome Health platform. Here’s what you can expect to learn from us: 

The Outcome Health Experience at the Moments of Care

For those needing a refresher, Outcome Health delivers immersive and engaging experiences that support and strengthen the HCP-patient relationship, contribute to better outcomes, and ultimately transform the point of care (POC) experience. Every week, we engage over 19 million patients and their caregivers across our network of more than 36K physician practices and ~130K devices both in and outside of the doctor’s office. Through a unique combination of technology and content, we bring experiences to the point of care through partnerships with health advocacy leaders, physicians, and some of the world’s largest entertainment and media companies. Our content ecosystem educates, empowers, puts patients and caregivers in the right mindset and lifts their spirits – when it matters most. 

Leverage Outcome Health as a Patient Communication Platform

Many of our customers are maximizing their Outcome Health platform by using our devices to further communicate with their patients. Independent practices are creating custom content to make patients aware of important announcements and updates to reinforce information they need to know. Mid to large healthcare and hospital systems have found Outcome Health’s platform to be an effective way to distribute centralized messaging, important safety updates, and even messages of gratitude to their providers and front line staff, especially during the pandemic. Email CustomerCare@outcomehealth.com learn how these applications can drive more value for your practice or system.

Patient Communication Platform

The Wallboard can serve as a patient communication platform.

Updated Resources to Support the Point of Care

In addition to custom content, we’ve developed tools and enhancements to support the HCP workflow which have become especially critical amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcome Health devices are designed to display high-relevancy content without any physical interaction required. (This “touch-less” content delivery paradigm has been our approach to digital content distribution from the very beginning.)

We recognize that the needs of our provider partners and your patient communities have changed in recent months as we all join the fight against COVID-19. We at Outcome Health understand that having access to accurate and reliable information can have a massive impact on health outcomes, which is why we’ve made all of the coronavirus content playing across our network free to download from our website. We invite you to share these assets with your networks and communities.

If you’re in a position to see your patients in-person, make sure you’re leveraging your Outcome Health devices to improve the patient experience. After receiving feedback from our provider partners, we’ve added more anatomical models to the Exam Room Wallboard. There are over 100 new models to choose from!

3D Anatomical ModelsChoices to Support the Changing Healthcare Landscape

Spurred by COVID-19, Outcome Health accelerated the expansion of our Moments of Care™ Platform which underscores the idea that how, where, and when we access healthcare is changing. There are more choices to consider as to how we access our healthcare, which means that the POC space – existing traditionally as the four walls of an HCP’s office – is shifting beyond POC rooms, too. Now, the POC can be your living room, your car, your computer screen, and your phone screen – and Outcome Health has adapted to support these choices we now have. In our latest offering, the OH Virtual Waiting Room™ contains relevant content that provides education and support, including some of Outcome Health’s original content, similar to what patients would see on the Waiting Room TV in the physician’s office. (Read more about the OH Virtual Waiting Room.) As healthcare evolves, we are too. 

To learn more about any of the product offerings, features, or content partnerships in this article, email marketing@outcomehealth.com, reach out to your Customer Success Manager, or call Customer Care at (800) 235 – 4930. 

 

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