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SEP 2018

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Rx and Specialty Providers 16 www. H menew S . CO m / S e P tember 2018 / H me new S Bronze Offi cial Tradeshow Sponsor Produced by Networking Business education New ideas Gold Silver Sponsored by: Business Summit September 16-18, 2018 The DeSoto Savannah, Ga. Come to the Summit for business-focused education and networking opportunities with the brightest minds in HME! This year's sessions include: • Post-acute care: Forecasting the future • In the hot seat: Jeff Baird & Cara Bachenheimer • Rural health care: Where technology and home care must meet • The competition: The anti-Amazon approach to beating Amazon • M&A: The market outlook • Remote patient care models: The wave of the future • And more View the full program and register online! Registration also available onsite. Region Americas, Ascensia. Newsome spoke with HME News recently about the need for more digital health solutions to sup- port self-care. hme : The Culinary Coach beat out 115 competitors. What made it stand out for the judges? Russ Newsome: We looked at what they've been able to map out and what they are looking to do with artificial intelligence—it's really fas- cinating. What Whisk proposed is, they've started to map out in digital ways the whole nutrition ecosystem across all different ingredients and all different types of food to simpli- fy it. From a commercial point of view, many Type 2s struggle with nutrition and weight management. The app makes it easy for people to make smart choices as it relates to nutrition. hme : What makes one app more successful than another? Newsome: If people have to self- report or actually have to type into the app, they will do it for a while but then they will start to disengage because, I guess, it's interfering with the typical way they want to man- age their day. If it's more seamless or automatic integration of data that's being transmitted the engagement is higher. hme : How do such apps help change patient behavior? Newsome: One element is providing insight; it's not just recording a data result, it's actually projecting a little bit of insight back to the patient of things they might want to consider for improving into the future. That kind of predictive insight, if it's built into the app, really helps to act as a coach to help them make a different decision than they might make on their own. hme said Hamman. "We knew there was a need for it, so we'll start there until we get a better lay of the land- scape," he said. While it eases into the Wis- consin market, PHS will also consider other services it might add to its mix, said Hamman. That includes speech therapy, PT and OT, and complex rehab. "A lot of our kids are in these big power wheelchairs and gait trainers that we don't do," he said. "I am not saying we are going to do them, but if there's a need (we would consider it)." It makes sense for a compa- ny that, since it was founded in 1990, has prided itself on taking a holistic approach to care, said Hamman. "PHS is a unicorn in itself," he said. "There are not a lot of providers out there that special- ize in the care that we do." hme d IABETES c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 1 5 'u NICORN ' c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 1 6 YARMO u TH, Maine – Sleep apnea not treated with CPAP therapy was associated with an increased risk of heart failure in patients of all ages, accord- ing to a nationwide cohort study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Using nationwide databases, the study followed the entire Danish population from 2000 until 2012. Patients with sleep apnea receiving and not receiv- ing CPAP therapy were identified and compared with the background population. The primary end point was first-time hospital contact for heart fail- ure and adjusted incidence rate ratios of heart failure were calculated using Poisson regression models. Among 4.9 million individuals included, 40,485 developed sleep apnea during the study period (median age: 53.4 years, 78.5% men), of whom 45.2% received CPAP therapy. Crude rates of heart failure were increased in all patients with sleep apnea, relative to the background popula- tion. In the adjusted model, the incidence rate ra- tios of heart failure were increased in the untreated sleep apnea patients of all ages, compared with the background population. Comparing the CPAP- treated patients with sleep apnea with the untreat- ed patients with sleep apnea showed significantly lower incidence rate ratios of heart failure among older patients. hme Study: CPAP therapy reduces risk of heart failure medtrade booth 2254

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