CHICAGO, December 5, 2023 – CAREMINDr, a leading developer of remote patient care technology and Wellness West, a coalition of Chicago’s health and safety-net institutions, announced today a partnership to bring daily monitoring of disease states to the most vulnerable populations on the West Side of Chicago.
The partnership will allow qualifying participants in the Wellness West disease management program to stay in daily or weekly contact and data sharing with their care team through a mobile app on their phone. The CAREMINDr mobile-enabled solution allows patients to monitor and record key health data such as blood pressure and glucose levels and have it sent in real time to care teams. The technology is being rolled out to Wellness West patients who are managing diabetes, hypertension, or depression.
“We are excited to join forces with CAREMINDr to advance the cause of health equity,” said Misty Drake, Executive Director, Wellness West. “Remote monitoring is about a better connection between the provider and the patient. This frequency of information and data sharing would be impossible if left to the face-to-face appointments. Remote monitoring is also a way to engage patients in their own health management by giving them an active role with tasks to perform. Bottom line is that remote monitoring is an important tool in our cause of health equity.”
“CAREMINDr is thrilled to be helping Wellness West reach their improved outcomes and health equity goals,” said Harry Soza, CEO, CAREMINDr. “Our Digital Care Management tools are a perfect fit for the clinics themselves and particularly their Community Health Workers, and we are confident that their effectiveness and efficiency will increase exponentially by having access to those tools. We look forward to seeing that impact unfold as we develop the partnership.”
Wellness West has collected over 16,000 health risk assessments from community members across the West Side. Twenty-five percent of respondents report having transportation challenges in their daily life, which creates risks for missing medical appointments.
A Proven Innovation for Better Health Outcomes
New research about the efficacy of CAREMINDr remote monitoring was recently presented at American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions. The study found that more than half of patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure brought it under control after participating in remote monitoring.
About Wellness West
The West Side of Chicago suffers disproportionately from higher rates of chronic disease, acute ailments, and mental illness. Wellness West was created to address this health inequity. It is a coalition of proven, well-respected health care and social service providers on the West Side. The mission is to create a continuity of care model among hospitals, outpatient care, the social service network and community residents. Wellness West works with those on Medicaid or who have no health insurance and is focused on several chronic care and behavioral conditions in ten West Side zip codes.
CAREMINDr is a health technology company based in Silicon Valley that transforms patient outcomes by engaging, guiding, and enabling patients to participate in their own care. We give physicians the ability to check in on patients in between face-to-face visits. In turn, patients can simply and easily maintain a clinical dialogue with their provider, reporting the status of their on-going condition. This nurtures trust and engagement. Long duration chronic conditions require a long duration solution and by controlling chronic conditions, emergency room visits and hospital admissions are reduced. This is particularly valuable as the industry moves toward Value-Based Care.
For Wellness West.
Sonya Moore Lewis