Members Can Self-Manage Integrated Behavioral and Medical Conditions Online and Via Mobile
Solana Beach, CA — August 13, 2013 – OneHealth® Solutions, Inc., the leading behavior change platform company improving health outcomes and the cost of care for patients, providers, payers and employers, today announced the expansion of its platform to include the addition of Cancer and Cardiac medical communities. The new peer-based communities further support OneHealth’s ability to provide members with a single source for accessing co-occurring behavioral and medical condition communities that are most helpful to their personal health goals.
OneHealth is a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant online and mobile platform utilizing gaming techniques coupled with the online influence of peers, family members and friends with similar conditions to empower members to achieve specific health goals. The technology-enabled service includes a dedicated OneHealth support staff to increase engagement through personalized welcome messages and live interaction with peer health coaches, community hosts and online meetings and group chats where members can learn and interact with guest experts to drive healthier behavior.
The OneHealth platform now supports the following medical conditions in addition to a broad range of behavioral condition communities:
• Cardiac: Coronary Artery Disease/Congestive Heart Failure
• Pain Management
• Respiratory Health: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Asthma
• Tobacco Cessation
• Weight Management
Bruce Springer, CEO of OneHealth, stated, “The majority of deaths in the U.S. on an annual basis stem from chronic diseases, with cancer, heart disease and stroke accounting for more than 50% of all deaths each year. People with chronic conditions are more likely to have behavioral comorbidities like depression that may contribute to poor lifestyle choices that exacerbate chronic conditions. OneHealth’s new Cancer and Cardiac communities broadens our ability and supports our vision to provide an integrated medical and behavioral platform critical to population health management.”
According to a January 2012 TrendWatch report by the American Hospital Association, “Bringing Behavioral Health into the Care Continuum: Opportunities to Improve Quality, Costs and Outcomes,” there is a strong correlation between behavioral health disorders and the occurrence of multiple medical health conditions that present treatment challenges and result in higher healthcare costs. Patients with multiple health conditions often lack a strong support system, and are less likely to adhere to treatment regimens – factors that may impede recovery and result in readmissions. Programs like OneHealth that integrate care between behavioral health and medical care treatment settings can positively impact health outcomes.
OneHealth is experiencing significant growth, and the platform is currently utilized by several large national health plans, employers and providers including Aetna, Amerigroup, Boston Medical Center, Carlson, Cenpatico, Magellan, Memorial Hermann and Safeway.
About OneHealth Solutions, Inc.
OneHealth is the leading behavior change platform for the healthcare industry via a technology-enabled services model that lowers the costs of health management and provides greater outcomes for chronic patient populations. Our web and mobile-based Social Solutioning® program influences positive behavior to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principles and engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com.
Myla Wagner Public Relations