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

why does it matter

Mild cognitive impairment (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 or older have mild cognitive impairment in the United States, and each year, 10-15% of people with moderate cognitive impairment eventually develop dementia.

There are currently no approved medications for treating mild mental disability, but current guidelines suggest that regular brain stimulation and the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits can support patients.

Neuroglee Connect helps patients stimulate and strengthen their brains against cognitive decline with clinically tested activities at home while their caregivers can use support tools and information that help them identify anxiety and stress related to MCI from day to day, according to the announcement.

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

“Nuvance Health neurologists will use a digital platform to remotely monitor patients and keep them mentally active through consistent and intense brain activities,” said Dr. Paul Wright, Senior Vice President and Head of System at the Neuroscience Institute at Nuvance Health.

MCI patients experience RPM by playing games and learning new skills on a tablet. They can also recall memories by uploading and viewing personal photos and videos to trigger their memories, and there is lifestyle content related to eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.

Big trend

Besides telehealth, remote patient monitoring programs have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic because federal rules have given providers the flexibility to use RPM throughout the public health emergency.

More and more health systems are developing and launching tele-care and in-home hospital programs, some of which are designed for specific clinical use cases.

Just in the past two weeks, for example, Memora Health has announced its work with the Mayo Clinic on a virtual postpartum home care initiative, and Allina Health Spinoff Inbound Health has announced its plans to help other providers develop acute and skilled home care. Nursing models.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted that providing RPMs for acute and chronic conditions is here to stay, not a temporary measure associated with a public health emergency.

“With healthcare shifting more from a fee-for-service approach to a value-based approach to care, care delivery is shifting from an in-clinic, episodic, interactive model of care to a continuous and proactive, combination of clinic and remote model,” said Dr. And Chief Health Innovator at Ramidi for Remote Patient Monitoring Healthcare IT news During a conversation last year about the future of virtual care. “RPM is an effective way to ensure that all patients receive the quality and ongoing care their condition requires.”

on record

“We care deeply about our patients with MCI and their caregivers, and understand how deeply troubling a diagnosis can be,” Wright said. From the comfort and convenience of home.”

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

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