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(January 09, 2018)
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Heal, the leader in doctor house calls, today proves it is possible for doctors, data, and devices to work intelligently through connected technology to keep people out of hospitals and in their homes to lower healthcare costs. The Company announces it has delivered more than 40,000 house calls across the U.S. in less than three years, driving $26 million in healthcare cost savings, to date. By enabling timely care and visits that last up to 28 minutes – 115% longer than national average of 13 minutes, Heal is now integrating near real-time, 24/7 integration of diagnostic health data with real, live doctors through the Heal Wellbe. The Company will officially unveil the Wellbe, a 2018 CES Innovation Awards Finalist developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
With 50 percent of American adults having at least one chronic disease and 86 percent of healthcare costs being affected by chronic disease, there is an influx of health monitoring data devices entering the market for virtually every health condition out there [note: source]. The Wellbe device was created to link and track key metrics from these devices, making it possible to incorporate feedback from more than 100 disconnected, siloed medical tools.
"Accurate data enables caring doctors to increase precision and efficacy of care," said Nick Desai, chief executive officer and co-founder at Heal. "The Heal Wellbe is a realization of that vision. It transforms the myriad of disparate health tracking devices into a unified hub of timely, accurate, and actionable data so doctors can improve the precision and personalization of healthcare to their patients."
"We are humbled that Heal's house calls have shown great potential to improve timeliness and efficacy of care, reducing emergency room visits by 28 percent, reducing prescriptions by 39 percent, and eliminating up to 60 percent of wasted tests, labs and referrals," said Dr. Renee Dua, co-founder and chief medical officer at Heal. "Our first priority is to bring affordable, high-quality, timely care to our members, and we're confident the Heal Wellbe will make this an enduring reality."
According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, it is estimated that more than more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors and should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States.[note: source]. The Heal Wellbe helps minimize errors by unifying all data in a secure, user-friendly way. It is completely private, and puts patient's health data in the hands of their doctor prior to and at the time of care delivery. Additionally, Heal has incorporated a telemedicine component to its service for existing Heal patients who need immediate access to their primary care physician, complete with real-time video conferencing, twelve hours a day, 365 days a year.
ABOUT HEAL WELLBE TECH:
The Heal Wellbe utilizes Qualcomm Life's 2net™ platform, a medical-grade, scalable, secure, cloud-based infrastructure that enables end-to-end connectivity. It is an open and interoperable platform enabling Heal to deliver this advancement in value to their patients at an affordable rate. The Heal Wellbe device is offered to patients free of cost, and the monitoring service is billed as a subscription of zero to $99. The Heal Wellbe is an easy-to-use, fully integrated home health hub created to safely and securely collect and share remote diagnostic data directly to Heal physicians. It is a CES Innovation Awards Finalist featured at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 at Qualcomm's booth in Central Hall: #10948.
"The Wellbe leverages Qualcomm Life's 2net platform for doctor house calls, changing the way patients and doctors monitor vital signs and diagnostic data," said James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life. "We are proud to play an integral part of Heal's ongoing mission to improve healthcare with smart, effective, and efficient technology."
Heal is bringing technology innovation to re-humanize the practice of medicine in a way that is fulfilling for doctors and patients alike. We believe in making healthcare a more personal and convenient experience by creating a more efficient doctor's office in your home, that inevitably improves healthcare outcomes. Through the touch of an app or a click on our site, a highly-vetted, qualified medical doctor will arrive at your door within two hours, twelve hours a day, 365 days a year.
Heal is in-network with all major PPO insurance plans in California, and will soon be in-network with insurers across the country. Heal investors include Fidelity ContraFund, Thomas Tull, Jim Breyer, the Ellison Family, Lionel Richie, and others. For more information, please visit https://www.heal.com/. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Weber Shandwick on behalf of Qualcomm Life
2net is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. 2net is a product of Qualcomm Life, Inc.
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