Maintaining medication adherence during a health crisis

People of all ages can have difficulty managing their medications, but this is especially true for seniors who may face physical limitations, memory loss, and multiple chronic conditions. Add to this the complexity that coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing has created for caregivers and older adults, and you have a perfect storm for medication non-adherence, which is estimated to account for 10% of hospital readmissions, nearly 25% of nursing home admissions, and 20% of preventable adverse drug events in older adults.

So, what is medication non-adherence? According to the American Pharmacists Association, non-adherence includes delaying or not filling a prescription, skipping doses, splitting pills, or stopping medication early. In addition to generating an estimated $100 to $289 billion in health care expenses annually, non-adherence takes a toll on the health of seniors who may be on long-term medication and need ongoing, consistent care.

Millions of older Americans currently depend on a home aide or family caregiver for help with their medications, but the current COVID-19 crisis is causing lockdowns and restricted visitation rules at nursing homes, while independent seniors are isolated in their homes. As a result, medication adherence is at risk for all older adults. In addition, they are at risk of suffering from loneliness as a result of extended isolation and a disruption in their social connections.

If you or someone you know is a caregiver, or if you’re concerned about medication management for a loved one or family friend during the current health crisis, here are three strategies to stay socially connected to loved ones and help ensure they take the right medication at the right time.

Read the full article from Senior News.


For The Record with Lisa Lavin, Founder & CEO, Ōmcare

Lisa Lavin is founder and CEO of Ōmcare, a subsidiary of Anser Innovation. Ōmcare is a digital health company pioneering products that enable remote care. Ōmcare extends the reach of caregivers and redefines medication adherence.

Lisa has over 25 years of experience building new business from the ground up within the healthcare and high-tech sectors. Lisa is active in local and national organizations that support entrepreneurialism and women in business. Lisa is a Minnesota Cup Division winner, Eureka Award winner for Innovation, was recognized by Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal as one of 25 Woman to Watch, Minnesota Business’ Real Power 50 and The New York Observer’s 2020 List of the Hottest “Flyover Tech” Companies in Digital Health.

Give us the Omcare elevator pitch.

Ōmcare is a digital health company pioneering products that enable remote care in the home. Ōmcare extends the reach of caregivers and enables visual confirmation of real medication adherence, resulting in lower healthcare costs and healthier populations. Ōmcare is changing the way the world cares.

What have been the company’s most exciting milestones thus far?

  • Ōmcare has formalized an agreement with Ecumen and Thrifty White Pharmacy for the pilot of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub. Ōmcare is expanding partnerships with other pharmacies, providers, payers, and channel partners for national launch later this year.
  • Ōmcare’s third patent was published July 9, 2019. Other patents are pending.
    • US 9,202,011, US 10,078,732 and US 10,347,377
  • Ōmcare has attracted top talent with over 150 years of combined experience in healthcare and innovation. The company and its leadership has been recognized as Minnesota Cup Division winner, Eureka Award winner for Innovation, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal 25 Woman to Watch and Minnesota Business’ Real Power 50 and was named among the “20 Hottest Flyover Tech Companies” by The New York Observer, based on insights from a panel of healthcare and business experts at the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Read the full interview from Medical Alley.


3 Strategies to Help Aging Loved Ones Master their Meds

Despite the widespread use of tools like lockable pill boxes and smartphone apps, it’s estimated that only half of patients take their medications as prescribed. In September of 2018, the American College of Physicians reported that medication non-adherence accounts for 30% to 50% of treatment failures and 1-in-4 hospital admissions.

Medication non-adherence directly impacts the senior population, wherein millions of seniors depend on a home care aide or family caregiver to administer medication. Managing the dosages and schedules of multiple drugs can be a complicated, confusing, and even stressful task for caregivers. As a result, part-time family caregivers often experience anxiety related to not knowing if their loved one has taken the right medication at the right time.

If you or someone you know is a caregiver, or if you’re concerned about medication management for a loved one or family friend, here are three strategies to help ensure they take the right medication at the right time.

1. Establish a routine and method of reminders.

A consistent care routine is the foundation of a successful, long-term care plan. Following a simple, memorable routine and reminder system can help aging loved ones remember to take their medications throughout the day, even if their caregiver can’t always be there to remind them.

Continue reading on The Caregiver's Voice.


Ōmcare® unveils its Home Health Hub at HIMSS20 Global Health Conference

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Ōmcare® unveils its Home Health Hub at HIMSS20 Global Health Conference 

Ōmcare Home Health Hub™ designed to enable remote care and medication assistance via two-way audiovisual technology

Burnsville, MN (February 17, 2020) – Ōmcare® announced today that it will preview its soon-to-be-released Ōmcare Home Health Hub™ at the HIMSS20 Global Health Conference March 9-13 in Orlando, FL. HIMSS20 attendees can visit booth 6493 to see how the Ōmcare Home Health Hub can improve medication adherence for aging adults and people with chronic, complex health conditions.

Ōmcare is a Minnesota-based digital health company that aims to extend the reach of caregivers and improve medication adherence and outcomes through its Ōmcare Home Health Hub, which gives caregivers of all types – from physicians and pharmacists to home care providers or family members – the ability to see and speak to elderly or disabled dependents and confirm compliance with medication treatment plans from anywhere. The easy-to-use Ōmcare system is designed to serve as a conduit for telehealth and virtual care services. Ōmcare facilitates remote monitoring and interaction via the audiovisual interface and provides confirmation of a patient’s actions and status, which supports and gives family members greater peace of mind.

The two-way video capabilities of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub allow individual caregivers or senior living facilities to ensure proper medication adherence through visual confirmation of right medication, right person, right time – from anywhere – which can significantly impact quality of life and clinical outcomes while reducing health care costs.

“We’ve seen a growing interest in technology that extends the reach of caregivers and enables remote care, from anywhere,” said Lisa Lavin, founder and CEO of Ōmcare. “Our research shows that the marketplace is ready for the Ōmcare Home Health Hub and that utilization of this technology has the potential to change the way the world cares by reducing the burden and cost of caregiving and improving outcomes and quality of life for patients.”

Ōmcare earned its third patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Patent No. 10,347,377) for the company’s web-enabled, audiovisual, medication-dispensing telemedicine system for the home in 2019. The device made its official debut at the Leading Age Annual Conference and Expo late last year, where it earned nods from industry media as an “emerging technology in the caregiving space.” Ōmcare was also recently named among the “20 Hottest Flyover Tech Companies” by The New York Observer, based on insights from a panel of healthcare and business experts at the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.

To learn more, visit https://www.omcare.com. To schedule a meeting with the Ōmcare team during HIMSS20, email info@omcare.com.

 

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For more information:       

Barbara Tabor, APR / (651) 230-9192 / barbara@taborpr.com

About Ōmcare

Ōmcare is a digital health technology company focused on extending the reach of caregivers, increasing medication adherence, and improving treatment outcomes by harnessing the power of remote care and two-way video technology. By partnering with pharmacies, payers, providers, and family caregivers, Ōmcare strives to help people live healthier, more vibrant, independent lives. Learn more at www.omcare.com. Follow on Twitter (@Omcare_Health) and LinkedIn.


Assembling the Dream Team: Anser Innovation appoints Jodi Hubler to Board of Directors, rounding out team of heavy hitters in preparation for Ōmcare Home Health Hub launch

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Assembling the Dream Team:  Anser Innovation appoints Jodi Hubler to Board of Directors, rounding out team of heavy hitters in preparation for Ōmcare Home Health HubTM launch

Hubler brings a unique combination of executive leadership, business development, and global health care investing expertise to help guide Ōmcare® toward commercialization

Burnsville, MN (February 13, 2020) –  A board of directors is critical to success for startup companies. And with the recent appointment of Jodi Hubler to its board of directors, Minnesota-based digital health company Ōmcare has rounded out a board that is packed with heavy hitters committed to guiding the company toward commercialization of its Ōmcare Home Health Hub. Hubler is currently CEO and managing director of Lemhi Ventures and president and board director of Bind On-Demand Health Insurance. She is widely recognized as an investment expert and has a long track record of identifying trends in market needs and backing companies with the potential to meet those needs.

Hubler joins Jeannine Rivet and Amanda Brinkman as recent additions to the Ōmcare Board of Directors, as Ōmcare founder and CEO Lisa Lavin prepares the company for product launch. According to Lavin, Hubler’s decade of venture capital investing and board governance expertise, starting and investing in health care services companies, makes her uniquely qualified to bring a differentiated perspective to the digital health start up.

“We are beyond excited to have such highly talented, passionate, creative and fearless people committed to helping us achieve our mission of changing the way the world cares,” said Lavin. “Jodi brings vast health care connections and a venture capital mindset to the Ōmcare Board, along with a personal passion for shaping the way people experience care. What’s more, Jodi has made it her personal mission to help others succeed. Jodi's heart puts her heads above the rest.”

Ōmcare aims to extend the reach of caregivers and improve medication adherence and outcomes through its Ōmcare Home Health Hub, which gives caregivers of all types – from physicians and pharmacists to home care providers or family members – the ability to see and speak to elderly or disabled dependents and confirm compliance with medication treatment plans from anywhere. The easy-to-use Ōmcare system is designed to serve as a conduit for telehealth and virtual care services. Ōmcare facilitates remote monitoring and interaction via the audiovisual interface and provides confirmation of a patient’s actions and status, which supports and gives family members greater peace of mind.

In addition to her position on the Ōmcare Board of Directors, Hubler currently serves on the boards of Central Logic, Digital Reasoning, Caring Bridge, and Medical Alley Association.

“Ōmcare realizes that the home is a central point in care delivery, and they are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the promise of connected health, digital technology, and human interaction to influence the necessary and important work of medication adherence and compliance,” said Hubler. “The digital health market has been noisy with many surface solutions, but Ōmcare has depth and the ability to meet people wherever they are in their health care journey. The Ōmcare Home Health Hub is a very elegant and tangible solution that enables aging in place and that will address medication adherence, individual health and well-being, and quality of life.”

Ōmcare earned its third patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Patent No. 10,347,377) for the company’s web-enabled, audiovisual, medication-dispensing telemedicine system for the home in 2019. The device made its official debut at the Leading Age Annual Conference and Expo late last year, where it earned nods from industry media as an “emerging technology in the caregiving space.” Ōmcare was also recently named among the “20 Hottest Flyover Tech Companies” by The New York Observer, based on insights from a panel of healthcare and business experts at the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.

To learn more, visit https://www.omcare.com.

 

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For more information: 

Barbara Tabor, APR / (651) 230-9192 / barbara@taborpr.com

About Ōmcare
Ōmcare, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anser Innovation, is a Minnesota-based digital health company that aims to change the way the world cares by extending the reach of caregivers, increasing medication adherence, and improving treatment outcomes through the power of remote care and two-way video technology. By partnering with pharmacies, payers, providers, and family caregivers, Ōmcare strives to help people live healthier, more vibrant, independent lives. Learn more at www.omcare.com. Follow on Twitter (@Omcare_Health) and LinkedIn.

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Podcast: Lisa Lavin on game-changing technology for seniors

Ōmcare founder and CEO Lisa Lavin was recently interviewed for the podcast Health Innovation Matters.

In this episode, Logan Plaster, editor of StartUp Health, mixes the personal with business as he interviews Lisa about the source of her passion for changing the caregiving experience and how technology can extend the reach of caregivers and ensure the right medication is taken by the right person at the right time.

Tune in to the podcast episode: https://healthinnovationmatters.libsyn.com/mcare-with-logan-plaster-and-lisa-lavin


Anser Innovation appoints Amanda Brinkman to Board of Directors, expanding list of influential leaders supporting the company’s move to Ōmcare commercialization

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Anser Innovation appoints Amanda Brinkman to Board of Directors, expanding list of influential leaders supporting the company’s move to Ōmcare commercialization

Brinkman’s career includes leadership positions at the world’s top creative agencies and corporations, as well as a track record of business development successes

BURNSVILLE, MN (JANUARY 16, 2020)Anser Innovation and Ōmcare announced today that Amanda Brinkman has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Brinkman is currently Chief Brand Officer at Deluxe Corporation and creator, producer, and host of the hit series on HULU “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.”

Ōmcare, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anser Innovation, is a Minnesota-based digital health company that aims to extend the reach of caregivers and improve medication adherence and outcomes through its Ōmcare Home Health Hub, which gives caregivers of all types – from physicians and pharmacists to home care providers or family members – the ability to see and speak to elderly or disabled dependents and confirm compliance with medication treatment plans from anywhere. The easy-to-use Ōmcare system is designed to facilitate remote monitoring and interaction via visual confirmation of a patient’s actions, which supports telehealth and virtual care services, and gives family members greater peace of mind.

“Amanda has amassed an extremely impressive marketing, public relations, and business development track record that will allow her to provide critical guidance to Anser Innovation as we move toward the commercialization of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub in 2020,” said Lisa Lavin, Founder and CEO of Anser Innovation and its family of companies. “In addition to her critical marketing acumen, boundless energy, and creative mindset, Amanda’s personal credo of ‘doing well by doing good’ is a perfect fit with our core values and brand aspirations.”

Brinkman’s accolades and achievements include a feature in Minnesota Business’ “The Next Generation of Minnesota Business Titans;” being named to the magazine’s “Power 50,” which recognizes the most influential leaders in the business community; and a cover feature in Twin Cities Business Magazine. She has held executive-level positions at Allianz and UnitedHealth Group. In addition to leading internal creative agencies and business strategy at these top corporations, Brinkman has demonstrated her creative expertise through her work at cutting-edge creative firms, Fallon and McCann Minneapolis.

Brinkman is also a board member for the Ordway Performing Arts Center, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the Women’s Business Development Center Chicago. She has also served on the boards for Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Make-A-Wish, and The Salvation Army. She passionately volunteers for an array of causes, including the Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children, People Serving People, the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, the Jeremiah Program, and more. Brinkman is also a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.

“I believe in brands that move beyond brand purpose and take real brand action, making a difference in the lives of their customers,” said Brinkman. “Ōmcare provides just that by extending the reach of caregivers and empowering independence. This is a life-changing technology and I am thrilled to help raise awareness for this revolutionary approach.”

Ōmcare earned its third patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Patent No. 10,347,377) for the company’s web-enabled, audiovisual, medication-dispensing telemedicine system for the home in 2019. The device made its official debut at the Leading Age Annual Conference and Expo late last year, where it earned nods from industry media as an “emerging technology in the caregiving space.”  Ōmcare was also recently named among the “20 Hottest Flyover Tech Companies” by The New York Observer, based on insights from a panel of healthcare and business experts at the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.  To learn more, visit www.omcare.com.

 

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For more information:

Barbara Tabor, APR  /  (651) 450-1342  /  barbara@taborpr.com

About Ōmcare

Ōmcare is a digital health company aspiring to extend the reach of the caregiver, increase medication adherence, and to improve treatment outcomes by harnessing the power of remote care. We aim to achieve this through our proprietary interactive technologies - promising right pill, right time, right person. By partnering with pharmacies, payers, providers, and family caregivers, our vision is to help people live healthier, more vibrant, independent lives.


Ōmcare named one of nation’s hottest healthcare startups in “Flyover Tech”

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 Panel of experts at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference selects Ōmcare as one of the hottest new healthcare tech companies in Middle America

Burnsville, MN (January 14, 2020) - Ōmcare, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anser Innovation, announced today that the company was included in The New York Observer’s snapshot of the “20 Hottest Flyover Tech Companies.” The list reflects insights from a panel of healthcare and business experts during the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Investment Conference in San Francisco this week, as they discussed the hottest new tech companies headquartered in the emerging healthcare innovation hub that is Middle America.

The Ōmcare Home Health Hub™ is designed to facilitate remote monitoring via visual confirmation of a patient’s actions, which supports telehealth and virtual care services and gives family members greater peace of mind.  The system gives caregivers of all types – from physicians, pharmacists, and home care providers to family members – the ability to see and speak to patients to confirm compliance with medication treatment plans from anywhere.

“Based on my experience as a nurse and working for a major national health plan, I have seen firsthand the impact that medication non-adherence has on individual health outcomes and quality of life, as well as cost and quality outcomes on a population level,” said Jeannine Rivet, Ōmcare board member and former executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group. “The Ōmcare Home Health Hub has the potential to revolutionize medication adherence and the way we manage care for older Americans and people with chronic conditions.”

The Ōmcare Home Health Hub can be used by individual caregivers at home or by senior living facilities to ensure proper medication adherence, which can significantly impact quality of life and clinical outcomes. The company recently announced a pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub with partners Ecumen and Thrifty White Pharmacy. To learn more, visit www.Omcare.com.

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For more information:  

Barbara Tabor, APR / (651) 230-9192 / barbara@taborpr.com

 

About Ōmcare

Ōmcare is a health technology company focused on extending the reach of caregivers, increasing medication adherence, and improving treatment outcomes by harnessing the power of remote care and two-way video technology. By partnering with pharmacies, payers, providers, and family caregivers, Ōmcare strives to help people live healthier, more vibrant, independent lives. Learn more at www.omcare.com. Follow on Twitter (@Omcare_Health), Facebook, Instagram, and on LinkedIn.


For Burnsville startup, finding the right board members key to launching product

Chief Executive Lisa Lavin is the only officer listed on the website of Anser Innovation, a startup company based in Burnsville, although a half-dozen additional members of its board are listed right with her.

It's not rare for a young company to recruit a board, in part because board members do not need to be paid in cash. What is not that common, though, is to have directors of the stature of former UnitedHealth Group executive Jeannine Rivet, a well-known figure in her industry.

As to why Rivet might want to join a tiny company just launching a product to help seniors take their medications, the most interesting take comes from Lavin: "Good leadership is compounding."

It's an interesting idea well worth considering — and for big companies, too. It means candidates find good leaders involved already, making it easier for someone like Rivet to decide to come aboard. Her involvement, in turn, can attract others.

Read the full article from the Star Tribune here.


Five new health and caregiving technologies November 2019

LeadingAge in San Diego and more.  Entrepreneurs clearly see the opportunity for providing tech-enabled services to help care for older adults.  Large events like Leading Age, Argentum, and sub-events within CES and HIMSS all point to the business potential that draws startups as well as new offerings from existing players – in what may become an increasingly crowded market. Here five recent announcements, two from the Startup Garage at Leading Age in San Diego -- adding three others from recent press releases.  All information is drawn from the websites of the companies themselves.

Ōmcare (LeadingAge) "Ōmcare is far more than a pill sorting system with self-reported validation. With three issued patents and more pending, Ōmcare’s in-home remote dispensing and integrated care monitoring will drive a new way to measure adherence and set a new standard for care coordination that is simple, safe and easy to use. Ōmcare links remote dispensing with video confirmation such that every dispensing event is directly observed and confirmed. Caregivers know immediately if a dose is missed or incorrectly administered.  Other smart pill dispensers and mobile compliance apps depend on self-reporting rather than direct observation. Ōmcare’s approach will change how the industry measures medication adherence." Learn more at Ōmcare.

Read the full article from Aging In Place Technology Watch here.