- Posted by Mitch Lawrence
- On November 24, 2015
- Clinical Research Study, Healthcare Technology, Patient Engagement, Virtual Health Assistants
This month we are moving forward with a clinical research study that will validate patients’ willingness to engage with and use Alme Health Coach – an unusual and possibly unprecedented achievement for a digital solution. The research study is focused on patients that are currently living with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). The Virtual Health Coach, built on the Alme platform, will help these participants with the daily management of their MS – giving them answers to questions about their condition 24/7, the ability to share progress with their entire healthcare team, improved communication with their physician, and more. The study will last 90 days and include approximately 20 patients. Quorum Review IRB approved the study last month.
–Cami Gearhart, Quorum Review IRB
Launched in 2014, Alme Health Coach was created to help patients successfully follow their treatment plan – a significant challenge to patients that’s estimated to cost up to $290 billion in wasteful spending annually in the U.S. alone. And with millions of Americans living with one or more chronic condition, Alme Health Coach is a powerful ally to assist patients daily.
To date, many short-term solutions have been available: health apps of all shapes and sizes are being explored and employed by healthcare organizations – but most don’t even begin to take advantage of the massive opportunity to fully integrate with the healthcare industry’s plethora of separate systems, services and tools.
According to a new study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, of the more than 165,000 mHealth apps available in the Apple iTunes and Android app stores, just 36 account for nearly half of all downloads, and 40% of all apps have fewer than 5,000 downloads.
With digital solutions, there is a huge potential to help individuals with chronic disease management if they provide real value to the patient.
Award-winning Alme Health Coach has achieved engagement and active usage rates 10 times the industry average in real-world deployments. We are confident that Health Coach holds the promise to change the way healthcare is delivered, and we’re pursuing new ways to break ground in the medical field through the application of virtual assistant technology.
Read the clinical research study press release here.