Nuvance Health is developing a new platform for memory care at home

Patients with mild cognitive impairment treated at Nuvance Health Neuroscience Institute practices in New York and Connecticut, as well as their caregivers, have access to a new virtual neurological specialty care support program.

WHY IT MATTER

MCI is an early stage of memory loss or other cognitive problems, such as difficulty with language and thinking.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 12-18% of people age 60 and older have MCI in the United States, and each year 10-15% of people with MCI eventually develop dementia.

There are currently no approved drugs to treat MCI, but current guidelines suggest that regular brain stimulation and adopting healthy lifestyle habits can help patients.

Neuroglee Connect helps patients stimulate their brains and support them against cognitive decline with medically tested activities at home, while their caregivers can use helpful and informative tools to help them identify MCI-related anxiety and stress every day, according to the release .

The platform’s digital dashboard captures real-time patient performance data, helping clinical care teams track adherence, measure patient status between visits, and modify therapy to personalize care.

“Nuvance Health neurologists will use a digital platform to remotely monitor patients and keep them mentally active with constant and intense brain activities,” said Dr. Paul Wright, senior vice president and system chair of the Neuroscience Institute at Nuvance Health.

MCI patients experience RPM by playing games and learning new skills on the tablet. They can also reminisce by uploading and viewing personal photos and videos to trigger their memories, and there’s lifestyle content around eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.

THE BIGGER TREND

Along with telehealth, remote patient monitoring programs have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic as federal regulations have given providers the flexibility to use RPM during the public health emergency.

More and more health systems are developing and launching telecare and hospice-at-home programs, some of which are tailored to specific clinical use cases.

In just the past two weeks, for example, Memora Health announced its work with Mayo Clinic on a virtual home postpartum care initiative, and Allina Health spinoff Inbound Health announced plans to help other providers develop home urgent care and skilled nursing models.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicated that providing RPM services for acute and chronic conditions is here to stay and not a temporary measure related to the public health emergency.

“As health care shifts from a fee-for-service approach to a value-based approach, the delivery of care is shifting from an in-house, episodic, reactive model of care to one that is continuous and proactive and a combination of in-clinic and remote.” , said Dr. Lucien Ide, founder and chief healthcare innovator at remote patient monitoring company Rimidi Healthcare IT News during a conversation last year about the future of virtual care. “RPM is an effective way to ensure that all patients can receive the quality, continuous care that their condition requires.”

ON RECORD

“We care deeply for our MCI patients and their caregivers and understand how a diagnosis can be extremely distressing,” Wright said. “We are passionate about providing them with the latest care and support options, and in particular using digital innovations that they can access from the comfort and convenience of their own home.”

Andrea Fox is Senior Editor of Healthcare IT News.
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Healthcare IT News is a publication of HIMSS.

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