Next IT Healthcare Wins Fierce Innovation Award

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Next IT Healthcare’s Alme Health Coach Receives Top Honors in Digital/Mobile Health Category

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For Next IT Healthcare, it all comes down to improving the lives of real people on a daily basis, and this award validates the work we’ve being doing.

Next IT Healthcare, the leader in patient engagement, announced today that it has won the Digital/Mobile Health category of this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare. Next IT Healthcare’s flagship product, Alme Health Coach, took home the award for its progressive approach to healthcare adherence, engagement, and behavior change.

Today’s healthcare ecosystem faces rising costs, dismal adherence rates, a shortage of doctors, and disparate sources of patient data. In the midst of it all, healthcare as a business model is shifting from a volume-based system to one focused on value and health. The changing–and challenging–landscape creates opportunity for value-add services and treatments that go beyond disconnected, reactive patient engagements to comprehensive strategies that deliver meaningful technologies and services that will transform care and health.

Alme Health Coach helps providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies improve the patient’s journey throughout the course of their treatment plan. It drives patient behavior change by making it easier for people to manage their chronic conditions and achieve better overall wellness.

Alme Health Coach features a virtual health assistant, or VHA, that guides and coaches patients as they manage their health between doctor visits. Based on the individual needs of each patient and their specific treatment plan, Alme Health Coach helps ensure adherence, track doses, register side effects, and can even anticipate potential problems. Alme Health Coach easily integrates with most third-party systems and captures patient data to provide a coordinated, consultative experience, strengthening communication between patients and healthcare providers.

“We’re thrilled to be the digital/mobile health winner in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards in Healthcare,” said Mitch Lawrence, president of Next IT Healthcare. “We appreciate the hard work of the judges in assessing the real-world impact of healthcare technologies. For Next IT Healthcare, it all comes down to improving the lives of real people on a daily basis, and this award validates the work we’ve being doing.”

Healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes are implementing Health Coach to engage their patients. Alme Health Coach has become an essential part of daily chronic disease management for tens of thousands of patients.

Key usage and performance statistics for Alme Health Coach include:
    •93% increase in referrals to live support for compliance and services
    •28% of users engage Health Coach during medication administration
    •More than 97% success rate in tracking medication administration
    •90% completion rate for mood rating and journaling
    •4.5 / 5 star average user rate for experience

To learn more about Next IT Healthcare and Alme Health Coach, visit: http://www.nextithealthcare.com/.

The Fierce Innovation Awards recognize pioneering technologies and solutions that will catapult healthcare delivery into exciting new realms. Winners were selected by a distinguished panel of CIOs from renowned U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, including Allina Health, Rush University Medical Center, Aspirus, and JFK Health System, among others. A complete list of judges can be found at https://www.fierceinnovationawards.com/healthit/2015#our_judges.

All applications were evaluated based on the following criteria: care efficiency, competitive advantage, financial impact/value, market need, patient experience/satisfaction, quality of care and patient outcomes, and overall fierceness and innovation. Finalists were selected based on calculation of the judges’ scores in each area.

About Next IT Healthcare
Next IT Healthcare is the leader in patient engagement. We help healthcare organizations drive lasting behavior change and improved outcomes.

Next IT Healthcare launched in 2014 with the debut of Alme Health Coach, a revolutionary solution that delivers advanced virtual assistant capabilities to healthcare-specific environments across mobile, web and chat interfaces. Our mission is to pave the way to a radically healthier population.

Next IT Healthcare is proudly based in Spokane, Washington. Learn more at http://www.nextithealthcare.com/.

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