This month, PreparedHealth won both the Judges' and Peoples' Choice awards at the inaugural MATTER Accenture Digital Health & Life Sciences Pitch Competition. PreparedHealth was among one of 5 finalists selected to present at the competition showcasing innovative digital health companies from across Chicago.
From an evolution standpoint, the methods for information transfer and communication have come a long way from the days of the telegraph. Up until the 1990s, the fax machine was the most widely used communication device in almost all industries. The 21st century ushered in a new age of mobile and web-based communication tools. The American healthcare system, however, remains stuck in the past. As it stands, approximately 75% of all medical communication still takes place via fax. While an overwhelming majority of clinics, hospitals, and post-acute care (PAC) providers have digitized their patient records, the means to share this electronic information across different healthcare settings proves difficult.
What great timing for the ACMA (American Case Management Association) National Conference to be hosted in Houston this year! The winter has dragged on and on in the Midwest and our Chicago team definitely enjoyed the 80 degree temps. Cheering on the Houston Rockets during a playoff game was certainly a bonus! But more importantly, as with all great conferences, I had the opportunity to learn from and engage with folks from across the country. Stepping back and hearing about the challenges that case managers face as well as about the innovations that are on the horizon convinced me that the field is ripe for disruption.