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ALR launches disease management technology in Kansas City program

Iain Morris
September 10, 2014
Medical device company ALR Technologies has announced the first large-scale deployment of its Health-e-Connect disease management platform in Kansas City.

The company says it has been working with the Kansas City Metropolitan Physician Association (KCMPA) to enroll patients with Type 2 diabetes in a trial of the Health-e-Connect system.

The goal of the program is to demonstrate the ability of Health-e-Connect to improve treatment adherence and health outcomes for patients, and to help physicians to manage large numbers of diabetes patients remotely.

“Remote diabetes care management is part of the future of medicine,” said Bill Smith, the president of ALR Technologies (Richmond, VA, USA). “Health-e-Connect was designed to help accountable care organizations like KCMPA coordinate patient care among primary care physicians, endocrinologists, and other specialists to improve outcomes.”

“KCMPA is on the forefront of this wave of medical innovation,” he added.

ALR says Health-e-Connect could also become a revenue generator for KCMPA if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopts its proposed payment schedule for remote chronic care management.

Under the proposed rules, doctors would be reimbursed by CMS for 20 minutes of remote chronic care management each month from January 2015 onwards.

ALR claims that Health-e-Connect is the only off-the-shelf solution allowing doctors, medical groups and accountable care organizations to take advantage of the new reimbursement rule without having to add entirely new technical and admin infrastructure.

The technology works by alerting doctors and nurses when a patient’s blood glucose data is out of an acceptable range.

“We are excited to be working with ALR Technologies on this important project,” said Jill Watson, KCMPA’s chief executive. “If we are able to replicate in our patient population the [results] that were exhibited in ALRT’s clinical trials, we’ll be well on our way toward achieving our goal of becoming the premier diabetes management medical group in the Midwest.”
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