Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) November 05, 2013
Two Kansas City entrepreneurs – Charles Smith, RN, BSN and David Wilson developed the country’s first comprehensive, cloud-based personalized, electronic Personal Health Record for seniors. Their company, Innovative Health Media (IHM) http://www.informthepatient.com, identified an opportunity to create a tool physicians can use for Medicare’s new, free Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) benefit for seniors.
Innovative Health Media is a Kansas City-based company that provides hospitals, residential facilities and physicians the tools they need to implement preventive care as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). IHM’s product, e-AWV™, is the only Annual Wellness Visit system designed for use by primary care providers that creates a proprietary, comprehensive and easy-to-understand Personal Health Record (PHR) for patients.
Patients enrolled in Medicare Part B or Part C for more than 12 months may receive free Annual Wellness Visits. The yearly visit is not a physical or diagnostic exam. Rather, it is a collaborative visit – a step toward preventive medicine – that involves physicians assisting patients in developing or updating a personalized plan to prevent disease based on current health and risk factors. It is an opportunity for physicians to review patients’ medications, medical history and family history, and identify concerns that may pose some risk to the patient’s health in the future, such as memory loss and depression.
“As an emergency room and ICU nurse, I know first-hand that many patients have limited knowledge of their medical history and health risks,” said IHM CEO and co-founder Smith. “Rapid access to a patient’s medical records could mean the difference between life and death.
“When the Annual Wellness Visits became an added benefit to Medicare beneficiaries, my partners and I saw an opportunity to create the e-AWV™ – a cloud-based program that lets physicians create an accurate PHR for their patients, and allows them to update records on subsequent visits,” added Smith.
The e-AWV™ is not only a valuable tool for physicians and their Medicare patients, but also for the patients’ families and caregivers. “There are times when it is necessary for adult children to have access to their parent’s health and medical history, particularly when their parents are not able to communicate very well,” said Smith. “Adult children can download their parent’s electronic Personal Health Record in a matter of a few minutes and have the important information they need for their parent’s care,” he added.
Physicians using Innovative Health Media’s Annual Wellness Visit system are finding benefits both to their patients and to their bottom line through increased Medicare reimbursements and improved patient satisfaction.
Innovative Health Media offers products designed to assist hospitals and physicians offices meet their two largest goals: provide excellent patient care and generate a profitable business centered on health care.
For more information on Annual Wellness Visits and the e-AWV™, visit http://www.informthepatient.com.