How Can Connected Health Technology Improve Patient Outcomes?

How Can Connected Health Technology Improve Patient Outcomes?

Daniel was completely shaken.

He was a man in his late 50’s. His brother, 63 years old, recently had a heart attack that scared the whole family. 

Thankfully, his brother got medical attention quickly. After a trip to the cath lab and a few stents, he’s been recovering well at home, all things considered. 

But the experience was a wake-up call for Daniel. 

Not only did he almost lose his brother, but his mom also passed at a young age from heart disease. He knew heart disease sometimes has a genetic component. With what happened to his mom and his brother, he knew he needed to get his heart health checked out. … And he’d be the first to admit that he hadn’t seen his primary in years.

But he had three kids at home. He had a wife. They all depended on him.

So he made an appointment with his physician. And sure enough, Daniel had pretty significant undiagnosed hypertension.

After a three-minute talk with his doctor where he was too stunned to begin formulating questions, he walked out of the office with a new prescription in hand.

But later, the questions flooded his head:

  • Was taking medicine just a part of his everyday life now?
  • Is there any way to lose weight, adjust diet, or exercise to decrease the dosage of medication needed?
  • What are the common side effects to look out for?
  • Is medicine the only way to treat hypertension?

He felt helpless and confused. All he knew was that he needed to take care of his cardiac health for the sake of his family. So despite his questions, he religiously took his meds. And thankfully he did start seeing blood pressures in the healthy range. 

If you’ve been a physician or a medical provider for longer than a few years, I’m sure you’ve had a patient like Daniel. While he did get the care he needed, there are definitely some gaps in the process. 

If you’re looking for a way to fill in those gaps and holistically care for your patients, implementing the connected health model could be the game-changer you’re looking for.

Here at Heads Up Health, we’re passionate about helping you help your patients. Which is why we’re also passionate about connected health. Let’s dig into exactly what connected health is, how it can help your patients, and how we’ve integrated it into our technology.

What Is Connected Health

Why did you first decide to open your own practice?

Maybe you wished you could do more for your patients… but you only had so much time to see so many patients.

Maybe your patient list was too long to remember each one… but you want to care for your patients on a personal level.

Or maybe… you became frustrated with how disconnected traditional healthcare can be.

Regardless of your reason, you made the choice to practice medicine in a way that feels more comprehensive and gives you more time with each patient. And that is so important to the patients you care for. This is why the connected health model could help you help your patients even more.

But what exactly does “connected health” mean? If you searched online for the term, you’d probably get at least 5 different definitions. And it’s hard to pin down an exact explanation, because it’s more of an attitude or frame of mind around healthcare. ¹

Basically, the idea of connected health is that the patient should be connected to their clinicians, and clinicians should be connected to each other, all keeping the patient’s health at the center.¹ Wellness and preventative medicine is highly emphasized in this model, as well as the clinicians meeting the patient where they are on a continuum of care.¹ In the connected health model, the patient is an active participant in their health plan.²

The term “connected health” is often used within the context of “telehealth” or “health technology.” While practices implementing connected health don’t necessarily need to be using technology to keep everyone connected, tech and telehealth companies have stepped up to help in a major way.² 

Heads Up Health Gives You a Connected Health Platform for Your Practice 

Heads Up Health is a company that uses technology to collect data from:

  • Clinically validated wearable devices
  • smart watches
  • health apps
  • lab results
  • remote patient monitoring devices, such as blood glucose monitors and blood pressure monitors

After collecting the raw data, it’s formatted and organized so you can easily analyze, make improved clinical decisions, and avoid medical errors. The more you know about your patients’ day to day health, the better you’re able to treat them. That’s why the data that’s extracted and organized by Heads of Health is so valuable. Plus, all of that data is displayed beautifully and clearly in one user-friendly platform.

4 Major Ways Connected Health Through Heads Up Health Benefits Your Patients

The connected health technology Heads Up Health provides not only makes your life easier, but it helps you deliver real results to your patients. Let’s dig into specific ways connected health through Heads Up Health can improve outcomes for your patients.

  1. It’s simple to use.³

Not only is the data clear and easy for you to use, it’s also easy for the patient to collect. In most cases, participation from the patient is nearly effortless. Often they simply wear a monitor, a smart watch, or click a few buttons in an app. Since most of us have our smartphones and smart watches on anyways, often these types of monitors and devices don’t disrupt our routines, which makes the data easy to obtain, reliable, and consistent.³

  1. There are fewer errors, and the accuracy of health trends are better than ever.⁴

The numbers collected from medical devices and smart devices tend to be much more accurate than self reported data.⁴ More accurate data results in more accurate diagnosis, and more appropriate interventions. It’s human nature to want to fudge the numbers on a medical form, or to forget to log a check on your blood glucose log. But with all that automated, the data is comprehensive and accurate. This gives you a realistic picture of the illness and a clear view of what next steps to take.

  1. Allows for more thorough monitoring of chronic diseases.

Because of the accuracy and consistency of the data collected through Heads Up Health, the way you monitor chronic diseases could totally change for the better. If your patients are forgetful or inconsistent in the past with self monitoring, this is a great option for them. 

As discussed above, remote monitoring takes so little effort on the part of the patient that collecting the data is easy for your patients.

Because of this, you’ll have the data you need to catch dangerous data trends before they turn into a hospital visit.⁴ In fact, one study showed that cardiac patients who received alerts to an app about their condition had a 16% decrease in overall hospital admissions.

The ability to more tightly manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease could add years to your patients’ lives, save them thousands of dollars in hospital visits, and improve their quality of life for years to come. 

Plus, many patients enjoy following along and seeing how their numbers trend. This encourages active interest and participation from the patient.³

  1. Remote patient monitoring makes care more accessible and often more affordable.

Remote patient monitoring through Heads Up Health brings healthcare specialists to remote areas where patients might not have care locally. This is a game-changer for individuals living in rural communities and less access to care.⁵ Since a patient can be virtually monitored from anywhere, this aspect of connected health truly connects patients to the care they need.³

Remote patient monitoring tends to be affordable for both the practice and the patient, breaking down some of the financial barriers to patients.⁷ Additionally, remote patient monitoring is reimbursable through health insurance, making it a win-win for everyone. Even cash-based practices have started moving to the payer system for RPM services due to the revenue generating opportunity.

About 60% of all healthcare organizations already use some type of connected health technology, and it’s easy to see why.⁶ It’s easy to use, has less errors, improves patient outcomes, and is highly accessible.

At Heads Up Health, We’re Passionate About Using Connected Health to Bring You Closer to Your Patients

Remember Daniel from the opening story? At Heads Up Health, we use connected health to help patients just like him by:

  • Makes connecting with your patients easy with our beautiful, efficient platform. Patient data is securely organized and succinct. This means your time with your patient can be spent educating and addressing concerns, instead of trying to make sense of the numbers.

    (The system can even be branded to your practice as well!)
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  • Providing you with effortless, pertinent data and trends. Changes in therapy are easy to assess. So if Daniel was your patient and lived in a rural area, you could potentially lower his medication dose, knowing that you can regularly track his blood pressure monitor to see if he’s tolerating the change. 
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  • Making compliance simple and encouraging patient participation. The simpler a tool is to use, the more likely a patient will use it. Since the remote patient monitoring features require little work from the patient, patient compliance is improved. Plus, patients often are interested in tracking their own health trends through the platform, encouraging the patient to be an active participant in their health plan. 
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References:

  1. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1t5PtSvahfBokAvRAqqPIlkxUqqYMuvZ7
  2. https://watermark.silverchair.com/hct114.pdf?token=AQECAHi208BE49Ooan9kkhW_Ercy7Dm3ZL_9Cf3qfKAc485ysgAAAsQwggLABgkqhkiG9w0BBwagggKxMIICrQIBADCCAqYGCSqGSIb3DQEHATAeBglghkgBZQMEAS4wEQQMQPuWN1kmad5QuN5YAgEQgIICd1jahlgSPo2ha7tld_8om-44BQ6SoiqVk-mK9Yfut7ehem6RxqhvaMlCbzFFklnd8C1OPyDsTrprL-HmkdaV0oJOA3xQfz3K7t4EFZJa3SDTJ9CRVhfomJws4OugCwd2Pzins1JalxFtfveG19y2fpqSOuNXQOViO_v1iAqI-AQ7gCHPamoF7AsgXqSt5xMqFgYJryLfa5TvhSJAWZdyoQTkPJyLUKUPxO2ler76sHEjQJZsvtyFitWVZ5ccy858ask8–cVDZhiLlR96GliykduJJomjNNgYs1Ppkg_zSe14dBzYWCpn9-jfRPbiLUrl7nQrmqefbjXNdYzwIGZPBwuwbuvGFlc991IV2uPFwCycwIJv5y7dm33f3v6QXFeC4ZfwwPddRR6UgKIxk5Ghdrgck7xnzFD6Wu3tw5oHkHd-dNNc47Q0tnGjyjPBV9jU6jx8jc2LIsKgMIG1X2YLQhZVNLYf_wd1BHSBdoY1ieCCbRuisC9I4YzqqDMDdS0UoQztndxQcMDKTkJaLS7HiPse5ACwW6V0sovogIOcvsOVnPn-2AWVHmRh3FP67xWMRA3FD5JREN4adoAq4Wvj-Mlh1caDsGlaoSbANqYTotMw8KBt_nIJzLaRAAssxuGtJthwIe5rsoWo6IDr9yB9Ptek_s_XUyPsrsXpF5kGrJY-LyO3KcRmcYfSd5U9kFr653aTzXrgHOMMa9tzrbvhsheWaH_XLPBT9NTTW1sSk1KyVCTKpd7o3hOc_wXHvkwIpOj4-vKZ199SCVDDQPPJ7siCWxF0oUWDKwMCNhhE9TaBDqlt_iZnXoYr72H-_WjfI-HGl9-NCU
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  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4272470/?report=reader
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  6. https://go.frontier.com/media-center/20-stats-and-facts-about-the-internet-of-things/
  7. https://aetonix.com/care-pathways/understanding-all-the-costs-of-remote-patient-monitoring/
How To Digitize PDF Lab Reports Automatically

How To Digitize PDF Lab Reports Automatically

Having a multi-dimensional perspective of your client’s health data is pivotal for health intelligence and achieving breakthroughs. This is why it’s important to Digitize PDF Lab Reports.

Now this is why we built in easy time saving functions allowing you to import and digitize your client’s PDF’s into Heads Up connected health platform. 

Labs we currently support for digitizing via PDF import: 

  • Bioreference Labs
  • Dutch Test Labs
  • Innoquest Diagnostics Fasting
  • Innoquest Diagnostics Non-Fasting
  • Great Plains Organic Acid Labs
  • LabCorp
  • Unilabs

Coming Soon…

  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Cleveland Heart Labs
  • Genova

[If you have custom labs we don’t automatically parse, contact us, and let us know which ones you want custom coded. After we code them in, you will be able to parse all your patient’s PDF lab data automatically! Note: Custom pdf lab coding is a small one time fee.]

Instead of parsing through fragmented digital health data across multiple systems, now you can digitize your patient’s lab data quickly and easily so you can focus on helping them achieve greater results with their health. 

Heads Up is the central connected health hub that helps you answer questions like…

Has John’s weight loss protocol reduced LDL cholesterol?

Or,

Has Betsy’s inflammation been reduced from the new protocol that works with fasting, cold plunge, meditation, and improved sleep?

Simply taking the new digitized PDF lab imports and analyzing them in the reports section of Heads Up will help you answer these questions quickly, without having to waste time cobbling together separate labs, notes, spreadsheets, algorithms, or messy insecure systems.

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As you can see, Heads Up does the technical work for you with easy-to-see proof of changed health.

All while continuously adding more functionality and features to help you be as effective as possible helping others with their health.

If you want to learn how to use this new Digitized PDF Lab Reports feature, Click Here to read the help article and start deploying digitizing PDF Lab Reports today,

Otherwise, if you want to start using the PDF import feature right now, login to the Heads Up app and start importing away! 

Want to sign up for Heads Up? Register here for a free starter account and leverage the power of multi-dimensional health data to improve your patients health outcomes with ease.

With gratitude,

Heads Up

Multi-Chanel Connected Health Platform

Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Peter Bowes is a reporter for the BBC and the host of the podcast LLAMA (Live Long And Master Aging). Through his podcast, he has interviewed both professionals studying human longevity as well as everyday people, including centenarians, to find out what drives them and keeps them living to a ripe old age.

What does your health span have to do with your quality of life? What’s the difference between health span and life span when it comes to human longevity?  What is a long life worth if you’re riddled with disease by the time you achieve it? These are the questions Peter asks.

In this podcast, you’ll hear Peter Bowes share with Dave Korsunsky the top 10 longevity lessons he has compiled through his research and podcast interviews so that you, too, can get to live your best and healthiest life — and master aging!

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How metrics tracked over time allow you to see trends for longevity [5:11]
  • Peter discusses ten items that are important to track for longevity [6:25]
  • Lesson One – Simplicity is Good. What you feel from clutter surrounding you physically to how you organize your life alters how you make other decisions. Chaos in your life can lead you to overeat or distract yourself with other things. (Think twice before clicking buy online: “Do I really need it?”)  [7:05]
  • Lesson Two – Be Precise. Precision in the things that we’re doing such as keeping focus with Intermittent Fasting – ex. do you do it daily, weekly, monthly? [13:00]
  • Lesson Three – Fasting is Good for Us. (Disclaimer: you should check with your provider to see if it’s right for you right now.) [15:45]
  • How the different types of fasting affect you and how only through tracking your data can you see which way is best for you right now. [17:13]
  • Lesson Four – Stop Eating at 6 pm. Peter talks about Satchin Panda’s work regarding the circadian rhythm. [20:00]
  • How rising with the sun and winding down with the sun setting, and eating your last meal at 6 pm can help you get to sleep and stay asleep better. [21:00]
  • About how the Oura ring can track when you reach your lowest resting heart rate in the night to help you figure out what is working for you regarding the last meal of the day and more [22:00]
  • About N=1 Experiments and how they are really beneficial; as you share with your friends who are doing the same things, you’ll start to see patterns that are more universal [23:20]
  • Lesson Five – Never Stop Having a Project. Keep doing what you love whether you get paid for it or not. (Ex. Megastar Herb Albert is still working well into his early 80’s as a sculptor, artist, painter, and musician.)[24:25]
  • Lesson Six – Keep Moving Every Day, Every Hour. There is no reason why you can’t do that in any job. Just get up every hour and walk around for a few minutes [27:57]
  • To get moving, park further away from the place you’re going and take the stairs if you’re able to. Walk around the building before going into it and you’ll get your steps in every day. Take the long way there! [31:45]
  • How Dave noticed that being in a metropolitan area he got more exercise when everything was within a 6 block radius, versus living somewhere where things were further apart and more driving was required [33:15]
  • That being active isn’t about weight loss per se, but about the movement that benefits your muscles, cardiovascular system, mood and more.  You don’t need a device to achieve that, but tracking it can motivate you to keep consistent [34:00]
  • Lesson Seven – Moderation is Not Everything. But what does moderation actually mean? “Moderation is that word you use when you don’t want to push yourself to the limit” – Joe De Sena. It doesn’t really mean anything. Do it precisely, not wishy-washy. Go all in! [35:40]
  • Play the game of life full out. Some days are good, some days aren’t. [37:00]
  • Lesson Eight – Enduring Discomfort is Good for You. Take a cold shower instead of a hot shower, and you’ll feel great coming out of it. Everything is appreciated more when it’s infrequent [37:45]
  • The good will feel so much better after you’ve endured some discomfort regularly like a cold shower vs hot or really healthy food vs. a very occasional treat. It will be so much better than if you had access to that treat every day [40:30]
  • Lesson Nine – Eat Clean, Eat Simply. Choose clean vegetables; homegrown is great! The appreciation of freshly harvested food is so beneficial. Appreciate food and eat simply. You don’t need gourmet food to lead a good life. [41:45]
  • Lesson Ten – Simplicity is Good. – How you run your life/day/mind and environment (decluttering).
  • About the reward circuits of hyper-palatable foods of modern culture [44:00]
  • The number one reason that people want to be able to live to a long age? They want to do it for their children and their grandchildren. Family and connectivity and sharing wisdom is the main reason for wanting to live to an old age with a high quality of life. What’s yours? [46:09]
  • Extending life is important to share the wisdom that is gained in a life well lived [49:45]

References

Valter Longo 

The Circadian Code by Satchin Panda

Dr. Felice Gersh on fasting

Joe De Sena

Cold water immersion video of Dr. Limansky and Dave Korsunsky

Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

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Low-carb Lab Testing — Part 8: The CAC Test – A Better Way to Evaluate Cardiovascular Health

Low-carb Lab Testing — Part 8: The CAC Test – A Better Way to Evaluate Cardiovascular Health

What is the CAC test and why should you care?

If you’ve been following a low-carb or ketogenic diet for a while, there’s a chance your cholesterol has gone up.  And not just your HDL, but also your LDL—the so-called “bad cholesterol” (even though that’s a total misnomer).  Maybe your cholesterol has actually gone sky-high, and your doctor not only wants you to start taking medication immediately but she’s also ordered you to quit your “crazy” high-fat diet.  Even if you follow some other kind of diet—Paleo, vegetarian, low fat, or no special plan at all—maybe your cholesterol is high, and you’ve been told you need medication, or that you should exercise more.

Your doctor is only looking out for your best interest, but if they’re not up on the latest research, they might not know that your cholesterol level tells you very little about your risk for cardiovascular disease or a heart attack:

There’s “a growing volume of knowledge that challenges the validity of the cholesterol hypothesis and the utility of cholesterol as a surrogate end point.” (DuBroff, 2017)

It’s possible to have low cholesterol but massive heart disease, or to have very high cholesterol but be in great cardiovascular shape.

If you don’t want to start a war with your doctor, but you also don’t want to abandon a way of eating that’s helped you lose weight, have more energy, and maybe even reduce or eliminate diabetes medications, you can experiment with lowering your cholesterol by using the Feldman Protocol, which we featured here at Heads Up Health.  But there’s a much better way to evaluate your cardiovascular health than just looking at cholesterol.  It’s called the coronary artery calcium test (CAC).  We’ll explore it in detail in a bit.  First, let’s look a little closer at the problems with using cholesterol as an indicator of heart health.

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