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Considerations for making home monitoring a standard of care for poly-chronic disease patients

For poly-chronic disease patients, the collection of biometric data such as blood pressure, heart rate, weight and sleep patterns are vital to monitoring long-term quality of life, safety, and proving drug efficacy claims. Providing patients the opportunity to report this data from the comfort of their own home is known to remove potential biases and other confounding issues more prevalent in a clinical setting. In this article, Chief Data Scientist (HAP Innovations), Alan Menius, describes why home monitoring deserves to be a routine standard of care for any poly-chronic disease patient.

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Technology is Perceived as Useful to Caregivers, but Must be Simple to Use and Relevant to Their Challenges

A number of technology solutions have been developed and designed with the aim of simplifying the role of a caregiver. However, common barriers to adoption of these technologies include cost, complexity, no time to research what technology is the best, lack of awareness of the available solutions, lack of interoperability between many of the programs and a lack of technologies that address caregivers’ specific challenges. Rather than focusing on the technology per se, we need to determine the RIGHT technology. This gains importance when we consider that engaging caregivers with the patient’s care can reduce hospital readmissions in both the short and long term.

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Technology Engagement Builds Confidence in Patients and Caregivers to Manage Their Own Health

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the benefits of technology use to help patients with chronic disease manage their own health. Digital medicine strategies often involve smartphones, wireless devices and wireless sensors in addition to browser-based dashboards to increase the connection between the patients and their care team. We designed spencer®, our advanced, connected in-home medication dispenser, for easy in-home use by chronically-ill patients, including single-packet medication dispensing and the ability for the patient to teleconference through the device with a spencer-certified pharmacist, who is notified when refills are needed.

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Gayle Tuttle discusses the role caregivers play in medication management with Today’s Caregiver

HAP’s VP of Market Innovation, Gayle Tuttle, sat down with Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Caregiver, to explain the role technology plays in assisting caregivers, and the responsibility caregivers have in helping their loved one’s plan and manage multiple medications without seeming intrusive.

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Tom Rhoads talks spencer, medication adherence, and patient engagement with the Triangle Business Journal

HAP’s own Tom Rhoads, CEO, sat down with Jennifer Henderson, Biotech reporter for the Triangle Business Journal, to discuss how spencer®, the company’s digital health platform, actively engages patients in the home, helping solve the complexities of their health care and allowing them to remain independent longer.

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Digital Health Platform Actively Engages Patients in the Home

Early pilots with spencer®, in-home hub that supports telehealth and patient input around medications show strong adoption of new in-home technology to help patients self-manage health routines, including taking medications.

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Casting doubt: Are compound interventions effective for improving medication adherence and clinical outcomes?

Alan Menius, Chief Data Scientist of HAP Innovations, shares his insights on an article in MobiHealthNews provides perspective on HeartStrong, a randomized study of 1500+ patients, published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Alan discusses the findings and his insights on medical adherence technology.

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Making Health Tech Human: Key Insights from Lions Health 2017

In mid-June, Lions Health brought together global professionals and peer experts from across healthcare and pharma communications to celebrate innovation and the intersection of health, creativity, and technology. Elizabeth Elfenbein, Partner and Chief Creative Officer of The Bloc, and I were chosen by Lions Health to present a session on “Making Health Tech Human.”

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HAP Innovations Welcomed into Personal Connected Health Alliance

HAP Innovations joins AT&T, Eli Lilly and Company, Samsung, and others as newest members of the Personal Connected Health Alliance.

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In-home Medication Dispenser and Connection Hub Named 2017 Caregiver Friendly Product Award by Today’s Caregiver™ Magazine

spencer® was recently named as a recipient of the 2017 Caregiver Friendly® product award from Today’s Caregiver Magazine. The award celebrates products, services, books and media created with the needs of caregivers in mind.

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The Bloc and HAP Innovations Host Panel on “Making Health Tech Human” at Cannes Lions Health 2017

In June, The Bloc and HAP Innovations will present and host a dynamic panel on creativity and its intersection with health technology at the Lions Health Festival in Cannes, France.

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HAP Innovations Names Patient Health Insights Leader as Chief Data Scientist

Alan Menius Brings Innovative Analytics Experience and Health Information Technologies Leadership to Improve Medication Adherence Through In-Home Patient Engagement

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spencer Granted Open Development Network Certification by Verizon

HAP Innovations announces that spencer, its advanced in-home medication dispenser communication hub, has met the Open Development Device Certification requirements for use on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

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spencerAssist Mobile App Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play

The spencerAssist mobile application is now available on the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. spencerAssist works in conjunction with spencer, an advanced in-home medication dispenser and communication hub, to connect caregivers, patients, and healthcare providers for ease in tracking and sharing data and information related to medications and health status.

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spencer Completes UL Certifications

HAP Innovations announces that spencer, its advanced in-home medication dispenser communication hub, has met US UL safety standards.

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HAP Innovations Achieves ISO 13485 Certification

HAP Innovations is successful in implementing a certified quality management system that will establish and maintain the effectiveness of processes.

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