Healogics, the nations leading provider of advanced chronic wound care services, today unveiled their Patient Engagement program. Through this program, patients will receive text message reminders for their appointments as well as links to educational videos, relevant articles and instructions related to wound and ostomy care.
Wound care as a specialty relies heavily on patients willingness and ability to adhere to their prescribed plan of care, says Dr. William Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, Healogics Chief Medical Officer. By engaging patients where they are, and encouraging appointment attendance, the Patient Engagement program has reduced appointment cancellations supporting care plan adherence.
The new program has two-way engagement, meaning Healogics team members can see patients responses in real time. If a patient has to cancel, a team member will proactively call the patient to reschedule the appointment to avoid any delays in care. During the programs pilot, Healogics saw an eight percent reduction in appointment cancellations, which means eight percent more people received the life-changing care they need and deserve.
Ostomies in particular are life-changing surgeries, said Deborah Leblanc, RN, BSN, MM, NEA-BC, Healogics Chief Nursing Officer. Now, with the Healogics Patient Engagement program, we can help these patients live better lives by proactively sending them education on what to expect pre and post- surgery as well as instructions on how to best care for their stoma. Our goal is to reduce hospital readmissions post-surgery. Ostomy readmissions are costly, and the education expertise is limited. Through the Patient Engagement program, I believe we can help effect change in our patient population and improve patient outcomes with our hospital partners.
Healogics mission focuses on advancing wound healing by creating and sharing wound care expertise everywhere possible, for every patient who would benefit, by the best means available. The Patient Engagement program will allow the company to extend their reach and connect more directly with people who are living with ostomies and chronic, non-healing wounds.
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Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nations wound healing expert. Last year over 330,000 patients received advanced wound care through a nationwide network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers.The Healogics team is made up of almost 3,000 employees, 4,000 affiliated physicians and a Healogics Specialty Physician practice group of nearly 300. In addition to the companys network of outpatient Centers, Healogics partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds, and provides inpatient consults at more than 80 partner hospitals. As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound Science Initiative, an effort launched in 2017 to provide peer-reviewed research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data and advanced analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning towards a better understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare resources for patients with wounds. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.
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