In 2016, CareSpeak partnered with Molina Healthcare to pilot a new intervention utilizing our text messaging reminder programs in conjunction with Medication Therapy Management (MTM). The pilot was designed to increase medication adherence, and reduce healthcare utilization for a disabled Medicaid population with high disease burden.
At this year's Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy annual meeting, Jennifer Strohecker, Senior Director of Pharmacy at Molina Healthcare presented the impressive results of the program - A $140 per patient per month reduction in healthcare utilization after four months on the intervention. The pilot adds further validation to our prior clinical studies showing that the use of these interventions leads to increased adherence and better patient outcomes.
An abstract of the poster presentation, which earned a gold medal at the annual meeting was also published in the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy (See page S113). The poster presentation is displayed below.
A new study has shown that CareSpeak Communication's text-message reminders help pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) take their medication on time and as prescribed. The results, published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, contribute to the mounting evidence that 2-way communication works. This intuitive approach, which has been a part of CareSpeak Communications from its onset, continues to show positive outcomes. The IBD patient population is yet another group that can derive benefit from these text-messaging services.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the CareSpeak Mobile Health Manager, in conjunction with other motivational technologies, was used by researchers at Wayne State University to pilot a new technology driven intervention promoting adherence to asthma controller medication. With a 50% reduction in self-reported asthma symptoms in the intervention group, the pilot showed that the use of these technologies can lead to better management of the condition. A larger study is planned to further validate the findings.
Type 2 diabetes can be a difficult condition for patients and caregivers to manage. CareSpeak text messaging quizzes are a simple and effective way for patients to receive educational material and health care providers to identify knowledge gaps, thus reducing barriers to type 2 diabetes therapy.
As we have discussed in this blog before, text-message based medication reminders are becoming more widely used, and in fact may be a better alternative than apps for medication adherence and persistence programs. We are always looking to validate this thinking through real world use of our platform with real patients. The CareSpeak platform has been used in many clinical studies showing the value of medication reminders, but a recent commercial project with a specialty pharmacy involving Inflammatory Disease patients is a very good demonstration of the power of our mobile Health manager™ platform.
Do you know anyone who doesn't have a mobile phone? I don't!
Based on the latest report from Pew Research 92% of US Adults have a cellphone, 68% of Americans have smartphones, and 45% have tablets. So you might think that to use your cell phone to help you manage your health, you would have to use an App. Well do you?
mHealth (mobile health) has exploded in the past few years, and as a result there are tens of thousands of health related apps in the Apple Store and Google play. BUT….. are Apps really the only solution? How about texting (SMS)? You might be surprised to learn that it may be the best method to use to execute mHealth programs.
According to a 2015 study conducted by Clemson University and others with mental health patients, texting was the most popular feature used while downloading Apps was the least popular.
After a long period of reluctance, pharmaceutical companies are starting to consider text messaging as a key tool to provide patients and their caregivers with much needed support. Although pharma is over the initial resistance to using sms (short message services), which was largely driven by concerns from legal and regulatory departments, there are still many planning issues decision makers face when deciding to implement these programs. What follows are the key things to think about as you consider designing a patient touch program via text messaging.