Real-time Peer Support Plays Key Role to Help Modify Behavior, Improve Patient Outcomes and Avoid Costly Re-admissions
OneHealth® Solutions, Inc., the leading behavior change platform company improving health outcomes and the cost of care for patients, providers, payers and employers, announced that Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 496-bed academic medical center and teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, has selected OneHealth to provide primary care patients with an online and mobile peer support platform to encourage self-management, engage patients between office visits and integrate technology into BMC’s innovative Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program to advance primary care services.
Named a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital in 2012, and recognized as a leader in patient safety, BMC will offer eligible primary care patients 24/7 access to OneHealth’s private, HIPAA-compliant platform of social health communities, including Tobacco Free, Stress Reduction, Obesity, and Depression to help them achieve specific health goals. OneHealth will be launched initially through BMC’s tobacco cessation program.
“We are committed to providing innovative services like OneHealth that engage and motivate patients to make better health decisions and support BMC’s ongoing initiatives to improve primary care,” stated Robert L. Sokolove, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. “In particular, OneHealth’s technology-enabled platform aligns with our PCMH program to help foster partnerships between patients and BMC’s primary care physicians and encourage new perspectives and behaviors that help improve health outcomes.”
OneHealth’s robust mobile platform will help BMC reach its underserved population, which has a high degree of cell phone ownership, but lower than average computer access. The OneHealth platform is an important step forward in reducing barriers and helping engage patients.
“Our vision from the beginning has been to integrate peer support communities with gaming techniques and clinical expertise to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs,” stated Bruce Springer, CEO of OneHealth. “Our significant growth in the past six months demonstrates market validation for OneHealth’s peer-based platform to support the complex challenges associated with chronic disease management and behavior change. We are pleased that nationally renowned healthcare providers like Boston Medical Center recognize the important role peer support contributes to the healthcare continuum.”
OneHealth’s technology-enabled services include a dedicated support staff to increase engagement through personalized welcome messages, access to peer health coaches, community managers, expert discussions, and live online meetings and group chats where members can learn and interact with guest experts to drive positive behavior change.
About OneHealth Solutions, Inc.
OneHealth is the leading behavior change platform for the healthcare industry via a technology-enabled services model that lowers the costs of care management and provides greater outcomes for chronic patient populations. Our web and mobile-based Social Solutioning® program influences positive behavior to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principles and engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com.