PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is seeing a 90% treatment compliance rate for patients with congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions using technology provided by Vivify Health.
“It’s going better than we expected,” said Dr. Andrew Watson, medical director of telemedicine at UPMC, which is comprised of more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.2 million-member insurance services division.
Vivify Health’s remote monitoring and communication technology allows providers like UPMC to conduct virtual care visits, monitor any patient population and easily communicate with patients and members.
The technology is tailored to patients of all skill levels—from an “instant on” health kit featuring a tablet, digital blood pressure cuff and other devices for those with limited or no experience with technology; to a bring-your-own-device solution for those patients who prefer to use their own smartphone or tablet.
“One thing patients don’t want to do is travel,” said Watson. “If you offer them a way to take care of their own health at home, they’re going to jump at it.”
UPMC and Vivify Health began their partnership in 2016, when the health system announced it was making a reported $17 million investment in the company. UMPC launched the technology shortly thereafter.
“We liked them so much we invested in them,” said Watson.
In the coming months, UPMC will look to expand its use of Vivify’s technology to cover pain management, post-partum hypertension and COPD.
“The possibilities are boundless,” Watson said.