Five Years In: The Evolution of Digital Health Since 2009 Hospital Mobile Apps

Five Years In: The Evolution of Digital Health Since 2009

In 2009, we started Axial Exchange with the audacious goal of using software to coordinate physician hand-offs and to engage patients in self care. Here's a quick look back on how the world has changed in the last 5 years.

Patient Engagement starts with Employee Engagement

Imagine if health system employees were so knowledgeable about your patient engagement initiatives that they become walking, talking advertisements.  In order to break through the personal health noise and get patients to engage in self-care, you must leverage your most powerful communication vehicle: your staff.

Major enhancements to Axial’s mobile engagement app

Axial Exchange, Inc., a pioneer in using mobile applications to deepen the patient’s role in improving outcomes, today announced that it has introduced a major new release of its mobile application that provides patients with a whole new way to stay well. The new application puts the world’s best health content and tools right on a patient’s smartphone or tablet. With the new app, patients have a single hub for all of their health apps and devices and are able to securely share this personal health data with their physicians. When patients have questions about their health, they can easily search through vetted health content covering thousands of health topics.

Why We Need Accountable Accountable Care—A True Story

This summer I was reminded, once again on a very personal level, why I started Axial Exchange.  Five years since company inception, I’ve learned a thing or two about Health Care, including a deep understanding of all the buzzwords -- ACOs, accountable care, narrow networks, shared savings -- you get the idea.  Notice what word isn’t in any of these industry buzzwords?  P-A-T-I-E-N-T.

Apple and Google are driving data liquidity (and that’s a good thing)

With Apple's developer conference behind us and Google's just around the corner, these are exciting times for young mobile health companies like Axial. The reason for our optimism is threefold: accelerated consumer adoption, enhanced enterprise credibility, and increased data liquidity for everyone. 

Announcing the 2014 Patient Engagement Rankings Hospital Mobile Apps

Announcing the 2014 Patient Engagement Rankings

Most hospital rankings ignore patients. Not this one.

Becker's Hospital Review worked with Axial to produce a first-ever hospital ranking based on patient engagement. It was a perfect match: we combined Beckers' trusted editorial oversight with Axial's expertise as the leading patient engagement software provider.  The Top 100 hospitals are posted at Becker's website. 

Engaging Patients with your mHealth Offering: Step One

At Axial, we help our clients deliver branded mobile applications that empower patients with health information, provider directories, and tools to track their health.  These tools offer health care providers a view into which of their patients is actively engaged in the management of their health, and the ability to include this patient-collected biometric data in the patient's record.  

What good are these capabilities if patients don’t use them?

Axial Exchange Announces New Spanish-Language Version of its Patient Engagement Application

Spanish Translation of Axial App Improves Providers Ability to Meet the Needs of a Greater Patient Population

ACOs are ushering in the “post EHR” era

EHR vendors are starting to come up for air from Meaningful Use certification and take aim at the next target: accountable care. Unlike Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) change the care delivery model with a move toward chronic disease management. What does this mean for EHR vendors, which have been built from the ground up to support the old model? If Meaningful Use was challenging, many EHR vendors might find the move to accountable care models beyond their capabilities.

How patient engagement pays for PCPs

“In the US, we spend $2.8 trillion on healthcare, which represents 17% of our GDP.”

We’ve all heard these statistics, but what do they actually mean? For example, what does it mean to spend $880 billion a year on hospital care? These numbers are so large it is difficult to make sense of them on a human scale.  In a recent JAMA article, former ONC chief Dr. Farzad Mostashari provides a refreshing bottom-up reframing of how an individual primary care physician (PCP) is able to move the needle on healthcare spending.

90 days of self-tracking via mobile app = 40% readmission reduction

The Mayo Clinic recently announced the results of a study that measured the impact that a smart phone had on the readmissions rates and ER utilization rates of heart attack patients recovering from stent surgery. The study was funded by the BIRD foundation and was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington D.C. 

Axial Exchange and HealthDay Partner to Provide Customized Health News to Enhance Patient Engagement

Daily Updates to Include Information Related to Each Patient’s Specific Conditions and Health Goals

Hospital to replace EHR system with human scribes

A major academic health system has announced that it will replace its EHR system with a team of Austrian monks. Axial had a chance to sit down with the CIO for an exclusive interview.

Do older Americans use smartphones?

A look at what we know about the use of smartphones by senior citizens.

The consumer strikes back: ACA enrollment hits 4 million

According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, ACA enrollment is picking up steam. 

Axial teams with Becker’s Hospital Review to create national patient engagement ranking

Becker's Hospital Review and Axial Exchange have partnered to evaluate provider organizations across the United States, ranking hospitals’ patient engagement efforts based on an analysis of publicly available data in three categories.

The Death of a Preventive Healthcare Clinic

Imagine if your healthcare provider was truly focused on preventing disease rather than treating it. Imagine if your physician was focused on maximizing lifestyle changes in order to avoid medications and surgery. Imagine if your physician supported your fitness and wellness goals as vigorously as he or she supported your disease management care. Finally, imagine if patients had access to a gym with fitness and yoga instructors, mental health professionals, and primary care physicians -- acting as a team under one roof. Their goal is to maximize your health and happniess.  

Well all of that was part of MDPrevent, which shut its doors last December. The story of MDPrevent is equal parts a glimpse into the future and cautionary tale about the present.

The senate slaps the FDA’s hand on health app regulation

In October 2013, a month after the the FDA released its guidance on regulating mHealth apps, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the SOFTWARE Act, which defines three different categories of mHealth software: medical, clinical, and health. Under the SOFTWARE Act, only medical software would require FDA approval. According to a Forbes article on the SOFTWARE Act, "medical software" is software that directly changes the functioning of the body, or would do so if followed, or includes the use of a regulated therapy without physician involvement. In February 2014, the Senate introduced the PROTECT Act, which would further limit the FDA's regulatory reach into mHealth. 

Reducing Type II Diabetes via Patient Engagement

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a well-regarded clinical research program that used case managers and educators to improve the health of 3,000 overweight Americans. The program resulted in a 58% reduction in Type II Diabetes. A new generation of interventions are taking the lessons from the DPP and using technology to make them much more affordable. 

Did Partners HealthCare get leapfrogged by modern mHealth technology?

A recent blog post provided a fascinating look into how one of the world's leading health systems is thinking about leveraging patient-generated data. The post was penned by Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the Director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare. Like many progressive health systems, Partners is preparing for a move to risk-based population contracts that require strong patient engagement and remote monitoring components. According to Kvedar, "Partners Healthcare believes that patient-generated data is critical to our future."