Finally, a New Approach to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Finally, a New Approach to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Real-time measurable data creates ability to treat the 2.1 million people diagnosed with opioid addiction each year, responsible for 104,000 overdose deaths over the past twelve months.

Statistics show that 1 out of 10 people abuse opioids, costing the U.S. $78.5 billion a year. Multiple government agencies have released guidance policies to fight this rising epidemic, including The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who declared a public health emergency in 2017 with a 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioid Crisis, and The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who issued there opioid prescribing guideline. Despite these and other strong efforts, leading healthcare agencies such as the American Medical Association (AMA) continues to emphasize that our nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic continues to worsen.

Addiction is a Physiologic Response

With a foundational belief that addiction is a physiologic response rather than a moral failing, OpiAID, a data science company, was created to support clinicians in curbing opioid abuse. Offering instant access to both pre-existing and real-time patient data including biometrics and behavioral insights, OpiAID helps medication-assisted treatment (MAT) centers and clinicians prevent relapses, avoid potential overdoses, and provide successful remedies.

OpiAID’s integrated EHR decision tool effortlessly collects personalized behavioral and health data stored in the cloud, and then with new innovative AI technology, instantly converts this data into vital insights. This leads to actionable treatment interventions and improved clinical decision making, that stops drug seeking behavior, proactively addresses valid medical needs, and saves lives.

“OpiAID isn’t just technology assisted therapy (TAT), it is an assisted therapy.”

Docsink, a leading remote patient monitoring (RPM), telehealth, and secure communication application, has been committed to delivering simple and effective solutions used to improve treatment and access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable patient populations for over 12 years. Their award-winning application has helped thousands of healthcare providers across the nation connect to their patients and provide a link to real-time physiologic and non-physiologic patient data, shown to improve overall patient health outcomes. 

Partnering together, OpiAID and DocsInk have combined their best-of-breed technologies, making an impactful improvement on the fight to solving the opioid crisis creating a new approach to opioid addiction treatment. No longer is patient information siloed, but rather the critical data is gathered and shared instantly so that it becomes actionable, understanding that every second is critical when fighting against drug addiction.  

We encourage you to connect with us to learn more about how you can help us support your patients on their road to recovery. Please visit us at www.docsink.com/OpiAID or call us at 888-577-7409.

Connecting Patients and Care Teams in over 35 Languages

Connecting Patients and Care Teams in over 35 Languages

What is clear is that effective communication between patient
and their care teams, when and where it is needed,
is imperative. 

Healthcare’s continuing journey towards value-based care has highlighted the need for increased patient engagement between patients and their care teams. Over the past 7 years, both governmental and commercial payors have steadily increased their coverage and reimbursement of various virtual care services including chronic care management (CCM) and remote physiologic monitoring (RPM); shown to increase communication with patients between scheduled in-person visits and improve overall health outcomes.  

COVID-19 and the Healthcare Industry

Most recently, the surge of COVID-19 has forced the healthcare industry to re-think how to provide immediate access to medical care. A study by McKinsey shows a sustained usage of telehealth services  38X higher than before the pandemic. Physicians and the patients they serve have pivoted, and telehealth now accounts for between 13% to 17% of all outpatient office visits across all specialties in our nation.

During the rapid growth of telehealth, one systemic downfall became clear: most platforms support only those who speak English. DocsInk quickly realized that we had to eliminate the frequent language barriers that exist while treating and communicating with patients via telehealth, as well as the often-times related CCM and RPM services.

As a result of our work with athena Health, DocsInk is now the first telehealth platform to implement an interpreter feature.

Connecting Patients and Care Teams

The DocsInk platform allows the practitioner to establish immediate and effective communication, by facilitating each patient’s preferred language. Unlike the use of artificial intelligence, a live interpreter makes all the difference when trying to convey complex physiological and psychological concerns. DocsInk’s telehealth platform includes access to live interpreters who speak 38 different languages. This assures that all information is precisely relayed and understood, avoiding costly errors and mistakes which are often caused by barriers in communication between care team members.

DocsInk has gone the extra mile to offer a simple and affordable application unlike any other, by promoting a connected healthcare continuum that ensures every patient and provider can effectively communicate when and where needed, in their own native language.

Communication matters. Choose DocsInk. For more on DocsInk and their services email or call 888-577-7409.

Increased Viability of RPM Reimbursement

Increased Viability of RPM Reimbursement

As the nation’s healthcare costs continue to rise, Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) has increasingly been used as a viable solution for managing patients with both chronic and acute conditions. Also sometimes referred to as Remote Physiologic Monitoring (RPM), is defined by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as “the collection of physiologic data (for example ECG, blood pressure, glucose monitoring) digitally stores or transmitted by the patient or caregiver or both to the home health agency.” The uptake and movement towards different telemedicine solutions has been catalyzed by the pandemic, and many providers are discovering that RPM provides a valuable opportunity for providers and patients alike. 

Using DocsInk’s Remote Patient Monitoring platform, a single-provider practice was able to onboard 200 patients in 90 days, resulting in an increase in revenue of $50,000. Because DocsInk’s platform is built for efficiency and ease of use, the adoption and implementation of this RPM program did not require the practice to hire any additional full-time employees. Not only was the program profitable, more importantly it was effective in producing patient outcomes. The patients onboarded to this program were 93% compliant, indicating that DocsInk’s Remote Patient Monitoring solution is a powerful tool in recruiting patients to take an active role in the management of their conditions. DocsInk’s program effectively engages the patient in an engagement feedback loop, fostering outcomes for patients and providers.

Learn more

At Docsink, we connect entire healthcare communities from large organizations and health systems to practices of all specialties and sizes.  Regardless of the organization’s affiliation or existing technology, we provide simple, effective solutions that improve speed, efficiency, accuracy and options in the delivery of quality patient care.  With the widespread focus on providing value-based care, DocsInk is making it possible to provide superior care while also maximizing reimbursements.  In today’s environment, shifting the way we approach healthcare is essential and DocsInk is on the cutting edge of where the industry is headed. 

To learn more about DocsInk and our solutions, please visit www.docsink.com.

New DocsInk Updates

New DocsInk Updates

DocsInk Updates Released 8.4.2021

DocsInk released an update on the below items:

  • Extension
  • SSO for Integrated EHRs
  • Remote Patient Monitoring and Metric Check In Reviews
  • Transition of Care Management and Patient Qualification Programs
  • Telehealth and EHR Schedule Integration
  • Waiting Room Check In

  • Telehealth
  • Blur Background
  • Charge Capture
  • Picture in Picture
  • Users List
  • Feedback Option
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Device ID Updates
  • Alert Setup on RPM Assignment
  • Bug Fixes
  • Same Name Patient Search Issue on Desktop
  • Charge Capture on Android
  • Gallery Dominant Speaker View

EHR Integrations

  • athenahealth – Fully released in their marketplace
  • Allscripts – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • Nextgen – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • CareCloud – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • Elation – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • PointClickCare – Releasing in their marketplace shortly

Please contact your Account Technician for more information.

New DocsInk Updates: Released 8.4.2021

DocsInk has released an update on the following items:

  • Extension
  • SSO for Integrated EHRs
  • Remote Patient Monitoring and Metric Check In Reviews
  • Transition of Care Management and Patient Qualification Programs
  • Telehealth and EHR Schedule Integration
  • Waiting Room Check In
  • Telehealth
  • Blur Background
  • Charge Capture
  • Picture in Picture
  • Users List
  • Feedback Option
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Device ID Updates
  • Alert Setup on RPM Assignment
  • Bug Fixes
  • Bug Fixes
  • Same Name Patient Search Issue on Desktop
  • Charge Capture on Android
  • Gallery Dominant Speaker View
  • EHR Integrations
  • athenahealth – Fully released in their marketplace
  • Allscripts – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • Nextgen – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • CareCloud – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • Elation – Releasing in their marketplace shortly
  • PointClickCare – Releasing in their marketplace shortly

Please contact your Account Technician for more information

RPM – The Right Tool for COVID-19 and Beyond

RPM – The Right Tool for COVID-19 and Beyond

Remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) technology, also called remote patient monitoring, is playing a vital role during the current pandemic. It excels in connecting patients to care teams, providing real-time clinical data needed to control symptom and disease progression. As COVID-19 continues to spread, our country faces the unprecedented challenge of managing health in a safe and effective manner.

Time and resources are valuable commodities for all healthcare organizations — especially as medical professionals battle this pandemic. Clinicians adopt RPM to monitor, assess and address patients’ health, instantly receiving vitals and data from thermometers, pulse oximeters and blood pressure monitors. With real-time insights come fast response, better prioritization and triage of patients, and faster delivery of healthcare when every minute counts.

Patients no longer have to rely on their own discretion as to whether their rising temperature or shortness of breath warrant a visit to the nearest emergency room. With RPM technologies, they have confidence that they are being monitored; a change in their health status will be immediately conveyed to their care team. RPM expedites the delivery of medical care in a safe and virtual manner, as face-to-face treatment now poses too large of a risk potential in many cases. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new regulations covering these services for patients with acute conditions.

CPT Codes and RPM Adoption

The recent healthcare crisis put a spotlight on the value that tools like RPM and wearable devices in the management of patient outcomes. It was in 2019, however, that their use became more common. That is when CMS published several new RPM Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. These CPT codes more clearly improve reimbursement for the work typically performed around RPM service programs. This includes issuing devices to the patient and training them on its use. It also supports electronic transmissions, monitoring clinical data, and interactively communicating with patients.

These newly released codes successfully boosted physician adoption. In Spyglass Consulting Group’s 2019 survey, 88% of healthcare providers reported either purchasing or evaluating RPM technologies. Providers have found RPM valuable in managing high-risk populations. It also led to expansion of chronic care management programs, aiding in the successful transition to value-based care models. RPM is highly effective in treating prevalent diseases, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. Studies demonstrate that they play a significant role in substantially reducing readmission rates and overall costs of care.

In 2020, CMS further relaxed their RPM guidelines. Clinical staff can now perform these services under the supervising physician’s general supervision based on CMS’ incident-to guidelines. This allows care providers to work efficiently, freeing up physician time for more complex treatments and procedures. It also expands the potential business models for RPM programs, as the physician doesn’t have to be in the same physical location while the services are performed. 

Medical Benefits of RPM

DocsInk uniquely positions medical professionals to successfully implement an RPM program. It simplifies the day to day use of remote patient monitoring for medical professionals by seamlessly connecting to any wearable device. Additionally, it offers customizable clinical alert notifications, facilitates templated patient surveys, streamlines interactive patient communications, and instantly bills for all professional services rendered.

We are all working to gain control over the global health crisis. Yet we must simultaneously navigate value-based care, manage chronically-ill patient populations, and provide general health coaching. That’s why we created a new solution. DocsInk’s RPM solution offers a strong ROI, improved workflow efficiencies, and the tools to achieve patient goals.

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