ASA to Showcase Underutilized Tools through Development of Care Transitions

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Within the healthcare system, new technology and methodologies are constantly being introduced to provide patients with the highest possible level of care.(i)

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Medication dispensers, Medical alarms and Remote patient monitoring are existing tools that help these care transition models succeed..Most of the time they're overlooked as a viable solution...said Jason Seyler

Automated Security Alert is working to expand its infrastructure across Pennsylvania and serve the healthcare industry in a way that has never before been available.

An integral part of this growth comes from involvement with all 52 Aging Waiver programs through the state. As a selected provider, ASA offers home monitored medication management and medical alert solutions to patients eligible for care.

In combination with its own individual expansion, ASA has helped develop the state-funded programs. Just nine years ago, discontinued alternatives were available, like the Bridge program. Today it is reduced to just the Waiver and Options programs, with waiting lists for both in some counties. But, as healthcare representatives across the country continue to expand the possibilities, new services consistently emerge.

One such program will allow ASA to showcase its value to patients and healthcare professionals alike. Under Care Transitions, focus will shift to a care plan based on communication across the board between the patient, provider, health system or facility, primary care provider, specialist and care manager. With the current models, information isn’t regularly shared with all involved parties. Most commonly there is only a direct link between the provider and care manager.(ii)

In the Care Transitions model, an assigned health coach will act as a liaison for an improved communication link. Those involved with the plan hope to see better outcomes as a result of the increased communication based on studies of the model using alternative technology. The findings show staggering numbers in reduced readmissions, emergency room admittance and facilitated bed stays.

ASA has been a solution for the breakdown of this communication link for years but the care transition model has never been utilized by the Waiver or Options programs. With the available technology and current standard practices, the ASA team will act as an essential provider of pertinent information the health coach will need to know under Care Transitions. Their advanced monitoring centers and technicians provide detailed reports of patient activity that facilitate comprehensive patient care.

Representatives are actively involved in the expansion process by partaking in conferences about technology developments and integration. These programs encourage and review new ideas like advanced applications and mobile activity. As exciting as the future may be, seniors today need something they are familiar with. While the technology emerges, ASA already has medical alarms, tele health and medication management systems in place that provide the entire care team with the peace of mind they deserve.

As Pennsylvania looks forward to new and exciting ways to serve its seniors, ASA will have the opportunity to serve patients with their proven specialties and close the loop to complete the communication link. The opportunity to help build the foundation of Care Transitions will continue for the team through 2012.

About Automated Security Alert: ASA has been a local provider of personal emergency response and medication dispensers since 1988. With offices in Philadelphia, Cleveland and their main headquarters in Pittsburgh, ASA’s trained operators provide in-home safety throughout the region with medical alert, fall detection and medication management systems. Through use of the array of available products, patients can increase their time at home by an average of six years. For more information on maintaining an independent lifestyle, visit http://www.automatedsecurityalert.com.

(i)Automated Security Alert study 2011
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