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HealthChampion on NBC: Health at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

HealthChampion on NBC: Health at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

HealthChampion on NBC: Health at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Terrence M. Ryan, CEO of HealthChampion, was recently interviewed by NBC 5 Chicago’s Charlie Wojciechowski to discuss the increasing demand for supporting your health at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what they had to say.

Chicago-based HealthChampion helps you manage your medical data. That is especially important now, according to company CEO Terrence Ryan. “COVID-19 has made it incredibly important that you understand your own medical data so you can share it and actually share it in a remote way,” Ryan said in a FaceTime interview.

The medical analytics company has also developed a free coronavirus symptom tracker for everyone to use. “We are trying to empower and enable a consumer to, on a daily basis, check their temperature and basically follow CDC guidelines,” Ryan said.

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HealthChampion Offers Free Access to COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

HealthChampion Offers Free Access to COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

HealthChampion Offers Free Access to COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

Essential businesses can also use app to support employees’ health and manage reporting requirements

CHICAGO,  IL –  HealthChampion, a digital health analytics company and creator of the world’s first consumer-driven health platform, today announced it is offering free access to its new COVID-19 tracker with symptom assessment. Since the explosive spread of the novel coronavirus across the world, HealthChampion has been focused on leveraging the full power of its platform to help American businesses and individuals manage and maintain their health during this crisis.

HealthChampion is now providing free access to its remote health monitoring and management platform which allows users to track and monitor COVID-19 symptoms such as body temperature, coughing and shortness of breath. The tracker also conducts daily symptom assessments over a 14-day period, the incubation time of the coronavirus.  People who are self-isolating or sheltering-in-place can also use the app to:

  • Track symptoms for peace of mind – early detection is critical, especially for high risk individuals.
  • Share vitals and health information with family members and provide remote care for loved ones.
  • Connect with lab results and digital health records across a variety of sources for a complete view that can be shared with care providers and family.

“Since the outbreak, HealthChampion has been working around the clock to adapt our solutions to help Americans respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, monitor for symptoms and foster optimal health,” said HealthChampion CEO Terrence Ryan. “In addition, we are also committed to providing resources to the essential business employers and employees serving us all on the front line, whether in our grocery stores and warehouses or hospitals and senior care facilities.”

In addition to supporting the health of the general population, HealthChampion’s COVID-19 offering is uniquely tailored to support essential businesses (those that people rely on in everyday life) during the crisis. Employees of these businesses can use the secure, personal app to manage their family’s health, while employers can easily file required COVID-19 health reports, through HealthChampion’s employer platform. The app allows essential businesses to:

  • Engage employees through HealthChampion’s free mobile platform to track symptoms
  • Enable different levels of data sharing to fit company needs and employee’s comfort level – to ensure the right action at the right time
  • Enable employees to share with their family to help reduce stress

“HealthChampion was founded on the belief that our best weapon is our own healthcare data. This crisis has heightened the urgency to give people control of their own health data and put it to work to protect their well-being and that of their families,” said Ryan.

Register on the web or download the HealthChampion app to start tracking your symptoms today. Employers can visit https://myhealthchampion.com/covid19.

 

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Cassady Nordeen
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COVID-19 Pandemic: Why Patients Need to Control Their Own Health Data

COVID-19 Pandemic: Why Patients Need to Control Their Own Health Data

COVID-19 Pandemic: Why Patients Need to Control Their Own Health Data

We’re in the throes of a global pandemic. Healthcare providers must focus on fighting COVID-19, but we can’t afford to ignore the reason we’re going into this fight blind. Our best weapon is our own healthcare data. We are going to learn many things from this pandemic, not least of which is that the way we thought about data ownership over the previous decade needs to change.

Pandemics represent a system-wide attack on healthcare. Our best responses rely on social distancing, telemedicine, and the ability to measure the spread of the disease. All of these functions are powered by patient data. But if patients can’t easily share that data with healthcare providers, it has little value in the fight against COVID-19.

But this isn’t just about using telemedicine to fight COVID-19 directly by asking symptomatic patients to first video-conference with their doctors before coming for an in-person exam. Telemedicine also plays a critical role more broadly. Flattening the curve places an enormous burden on the entire healthcare system—from dental and vision, to mental health, and everything in between—because it forces us to deprioritize nonessential functions.

Our ability to expand emergency healthcare capacity depends on the extent to which healthcare providers can serve patients remotely. That’s an enormous task in a nation where, according to CDC data, six out of every ten Americans have a chronic medical conditions, and four out of ten Americans have two chronic conditions. 

What, you might ask, is the problem with scaling telemedicine during the current crisis? After all, we have the technology, right? That’s true—we do have a lot of tools for remote provider-patient communications as well as the ability to transmit vital healthcare data. What’s missing is good public policy around patient data. Put simply, we don’t own our own healthcare data, which means the information providers need to keep us healthy is both heavily siloed and difficult for patients to disseminate.

In response to the pandemic, the federal government loosened HIPAA rules, allowing doctors to communicate with their patients over consumer platforms like Facebook messenger, or video-conferencing solutions like Zoom. That’s a good step, one that follows on the heels of a new rule issued in early March (unrelated to the pandemic response) that allows patients to access and download their health records with third-party apps.

Here’s how National Coordinator for Health IT Doctor Donald Rucker explained the new health records rule: “This is an unprecedented rule allowing the safe and secure access of health information. Americans will now have electronic access to their health information on their smartphone if they chose. The rule requires hospitals and doctors to provide software access points to their electronic health record (EHR) databases.”

But smartphones have been around for more than a decade. For most Americans, regardless of age, their smartphone has been an indispensable tool for many years now. Why did it take so long to put our health data at our fingertips?

One reason is consumers don’t control their own data in the U.S. Broadly speaking, the apps, platforms, and tools that make up our digital economy adhere to a default rule that puts the data under control of the company, rather than the consumer. To a degree, healthcare is part of this larger trend that creates data-haves and data have-nots. But this trend plays out in two ways that are unique to healthcare.

First, when it comes to healthcare, the stakes are literally life and death. The downside risks of ceding personal control of your data to a social media platform aren’t anywhere near the same as losing the ability to control your health data and easily share it with your provider.

Second, while many companies in the broader digital space have moved fast and broken things without regard for consumer privacy, healthcare has taken a different, perhaps more cynical, approach. Safeguarding patient’s privacy is a paramount concern. But privacy concerns haven’t necessarily been the prime motivation for healthcare administrators who fought against rules that would make it easier for patient to own and share their data. What has happened here is that the data-haves of the healthcare industry have hoarded data that doesn’t belong to them, and in the process, they’ve built siloes that make it difficult to deliver quality care in normal times, and harder still to do so in response to a national emergency. That needs to stop.

There’s an old saying that every crisis has an opportunity. We are in a crisis. We’re also facing an opportunity to embrace a patient-centric model for data ownership. Healthcare providers should vigorously embrace the new rules governing patient data, but going forward they must also challenge the data-hoarding mindset that has dominated medicine in the digital age. Our health is just too important to be a data-mining play.

Click here for the full article from HIT Consulting.

Register here for free access to the HealthChampion app and COVID-19 Symptom Tracker  

 

 

 

 

 

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Free health app for essential companies

Support your employees' health and manage reporting requirements during the COVID-19 crisis

Essential companies have a responsibility to their employees and the community

During the Coronavirus crisis, we’re providing employers and employees free access to the HealthChampion health monitoring and management platform.

  • Engage your employees through our free mobile platform to track symptoms
  • Different levels of data sharing to fit your company needs and your employee’s comfort level – to ensure the right action at the right time
  • Enable your employees to share with their family to help reduce stress

Helping you support employee health

HealthChampion may not be at the front lines like many of you, but we want to do our part to support you and your employees. Our company health platform takes care of your health reporting and employee health tracking concerns – so you can focus on work that really matters.

 

Remote working

Stay connected with your employees who have to work from home, by allowing them to share their health statuses automatically.

Family health tracking

Give your employees peace of mind while their at work, by allowing them to track the health of their family members — including their elderly parents.

Reporting requirements

If your company is required to provide Covid-19 employee health reports, our employer dashboard can help you generate reports easily.

Help your employees now and reduce reporting stress 

We understand that these are difficult times for everyone. That’s why we’re sharing the HealthChampion health reporting platform at no cost while this crisis lasts.

But available implementation slots are limited, so schedule your demo now to see if your company qualifies.

Built In Chicago: 50 Startups to Watch 2020

Built In Chicago: 50 Startups to Watch 2020

Built In Chicago: 50 Startups to Watch 2020

Technology is Chicago’s fastest-growing industry sector, having grown more 270 percent over the last decade, according to World Business Chicago. And 2019 was a model year that not only encapsulated the growth of technology in the city but also positioned Chicago for further success in 2020 and beyond.

Influential leaders in tech launched Chicago’s Plan for 2033, or P33, to enhance the city’s viability as a global tech hub with a strong and diverse workforce through the next decade. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said on Chicago Tech Day that 15 local tech companies have added or will be adding 2,000 jobs through 2020. Uber announced it would be bringing that same number of jobs to Chicago over the next three years and spending more than $200 million annually on the city. 

But it isn’t just major initiatives and companies with household names that will be bringing continued success to Chicago tech. Smaller startups entering the city’s tech scene are shaping everything from mental health care to cryptocurrency trading to vehicle leasing. We found 50 such companies — all fewer than three years old — that are poised for growth in the coming year.

 

HealthChampion

What if an app could digest all of the information from disparate health records and give patients a personalized plan to conquer their biggest health issues? HealthChampion aims to provide just that. The platform pulls in health data from all of a person’s healthcare providers — physicians, therapists and trainers — and even includes information from wearables that track fitness and other medical devices. Based on that data, the platform uses machine learning to craft a personalized health program users can follow to improve their wellness, care for an elderly parent or manage a child’s asthma. Records are backed up via the cloud and the platform enables direct communication with a user’s network of health professionals. 

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