First in a Series of Initiatives to Improve Patient Care
New York, N.Y., March 4th, 2008 – Lee Schwamm, M.D., FAHA, Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and renowned expert in stroke research, is consulting with Phreesia, Inc., the Patient Check-In Company, on the development of an innovative intake process to help physicians identify their patients at risk for stroke.
“Many patients are unaware of the warning signs and risk factors for stroke, and some of those who are at greatest risk are the least aware,” said Dr. Schwamm. “Point-of-care patient check-in devices, like Phreesia, that can assess patient knowledge and provide critical information to those at risk and to their providers may lead to behavioral changes that will improve health outcomes.” Using evidence-based guidelines, Dr. Schwamm will develop a series of questions to help identify and educate patients at greatest risk for stroke. Physicians who use Phreesia will have the option to seamlessly integrate these into their existing patient intake and evaluate responses at both the patient and the practice level.
“In 2008 over 700,000 Americans are projected to suffer from a stroke” said Chaim Indig, CEO of Phreesia. “Dr. Schwamm is one of the leading experts in the field. We are pleased to be working with such a respected researcher to leverage Phreesia to improve patient care at an individual- and population-level.”
The collaboration with Dr. Schwamm is the first in a series of patient care initiatives by the company and the leaders in the medical community. “As the leading cause of adult disability and the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States it made sense for Phreesia to start its care improvement efforts with stroke” said Indig. “This is an important step in the displacement of outdated and inefficient paper-based patient check-in which opens up unlimited opportunities to improve the quality of patient care.” Future initiatives will concentrate on both wellness and disease prevention.