Heart Health + Kidney Health = A Perfect Pair

Posted by The CareSync Team

Feb 9, 2017 5:14:50 PM

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone’s talking about the happy, healthy pairings that make life sweeter. So we decided it was a great time to remind you of another dynamic duo that works hard to keep you happy and healthy for life: your kidneys and heart.

Like peanut butter and jelly or Romeo and Juliet, your heart and kidneys make the perfect pair. It’s a long-term relationship that seems to suggest everything is better together.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, healthy living, care coordination, health tips, heart health

6 Steps Toward a Healthier 2017

Posted by The CareSync Team

Dec 20, 2016 2:30:54 PM

As you’ve been scrambling around getting shopping done, putting up decorations, and planning holiday dinners, the end of the year has been sneaking up on you. Don’t let all that planning and activity juggling get in the way of one of the most important things you can do for yourself before the year runs out: make your 2017 New Year’s Resolution List.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, diabetes, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, patients, observances & holidays, CareSync

What Did You Do for American Diabetes Month?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Nov 30, 2016 4:31:51 PM

American Diabetes Month is coming to a close. The theme of this year's observance was very personal as the one in 11 Americans afflicted with diabetes were invited to share their stories about living with the disease through social media and #thisisdiabetes. There were stories of parents caring for children, individuals responding to a crisis, everyday management tips, images of healthy meals, and endless stories by loved ones who were champions for a grandmother or father or neighbor with the disease.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, diabetes, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, patients, observances & holidays, CareSync

My Doctor Believed Me! Why I Carry My Medical Records on My Phone

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 14, 2016 11:49:04 AM

When a new doctor doesn’t have your medical history, it can feel like you’re starting over from scratch, trying to remember and share every important test, medication and detail from your past experiences. That’s not ideal for either of you.

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Topics: share your health stories, medical records, doctor's appointments, Medicare, care coordination, patients, Heart of CareSync

Get to Know Care Coordination

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 2, 2016 4:47:49 PM

If you’ve been hearing a lot about chronic care management, coordinated care, or even your doctor wanting to prescribe one of these for you, there is good reason. Medicare is changing the way they pay doctors, giving them more reasons to focus on quality of service, and paying for health benefits like coordinated care to improve patient health.

This is all really great news for you! Here’s why.

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Topics: chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, CareSync Care Plans, mHealth, care coordination, patients, caregivers, health tips

Help with Understanding Medications

Posted by CareSync Nursing Team

May 23, 2016 3:27:42 PM

She didn't read the medication label. Luckily, her care coordinator did.

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Topics: patient engagement, share your health stories, patient advocacy, medication & treatments, family health, care coordination, patients, Heart of CareSync

How a Rare Disease Inspired the Creation of a Patient-Centric Healthcare Solution

Posted by Mark Nalywajko

Apr 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

One-on-One with Amy Gleason: Part 1

You’ve often heard the phrase: "Necessity is the mother of all invention." That couldn’t be more true for one of CareSync’s Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Registered Nurse, Amy Gleason. Here, Amy will share the personal story of her daughter’s rare condition that led to the invention of CareSync, a clinical care coordination company that is focused on patient-centric solutions for people with chronic illnesses. Later in the series, she will discuss the following components of chronic care management including: requirements, insights 15 months in, struggles, overcoming obstacles, trends, the true value of CCM, and where she believes the future of healthcare is heading.

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Topics: chronic conditions, patient engagement, webinars, patient advocacy, medical records, medication & treatments, juvenile dermatomyositis, chronic care management (CCM), Medicare, mHealth, care coordination, patients, CCM compliance

Meet Us in Miami Beach!

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 8, 2015 12:19:00 PM

Whenever folks get together to talk about innovations in health and wellness, you can count on CareSync to be there.  We hope you'll be up front at the Miami Beach Convention Center from May 14 through May 16, asking questions and introducing yourselves as we demonstrate our care coordination and medical records products and apps for doctors, other clinicians, medical practices and hospitals, patients, caregivers and families.

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Topics: trade shows & conferences, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, patients, caregivers, physicians & providers, CareSync company updates

Here's How CareSync Changes Lives for the Better

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 24, 2015 10:34:00 AM

For 17 years, Betsy Walling Furler and her husband, Eric, have been frantically gathering paperwork. They don't have OCD and they do have jobs.

But this paper chase isn't optional: ever since their oldest son, Henry, was a baby, the Furlers have been on a life-or-death mission to make sure the medical records they have on Henry, who has several serious congenital diseases, are absolutely accurate and up-to-date.

"He was three weeks old," recalls Betsy, "when a doctor nearly killed him [because of misinformation on Henry's health]. That's when I realized that we needed to be captain of the ship."

Thus began a life of escalating stacks of papers and DVDs, and enormous binders to try to organize it all (but how do you organize it? by disease? by date? both? does it need an index? having done that, will any doctor really look at it all and find the right bits of information?). And constant anxiety: was there something they missed? A fact doctors ought to know, but might not?

"Collecting medical records over the years has been extremely frustrating and extremely overwhelming," says Betsy. "I'm a healthcare professional - a speech pathologist - and I still wasn't able to get complete medical records on Henry."

So it was a relief, and an accident, this March when the Furlers found CareSync and finally acquired a first mate on their ship of medical records. Betsy, who works with BridgingApps.org on apps to help disabled and non-verbal children and adults communicate, was working on a new project focused on frequently hospitalized individuals when a co-worker suggested they try CareSync for the new venture.

"I know the CEO," said the co-worker, offering to connect Betsy with CareSync's Travis Bond to learn more about CareSync's medical records retrieval and care coordination app and services.

Betsy didn't wait for the introduction and went straight to CareSync.com, where she signed up for CareSync Plus, the service where the customer supplies the name of the doctors, hospitals and labs - all of them, at least 27 in Henry's case - and CareSync does the rest, generating a digital record and summary accessible 24/7 via web or any mobile device, ready to share with any doctor or anyone else the patient designates.

A few weeks later, Betsy and Travis wound up unexpectedly face-to-face in a White House executive office meeting room with other apps developers in D.C. to discuss issues including patent law reform, data security, privacy, and safety for children online.

"I'm a CareSync user, and I love it," proclaimed Betsy, surprising Travis and White House officials as she pulled out her iPhone and demonstrated how she had all of her family's medical records literally in the palm of her hand, including Henry's, ready to use and share.

That's especially valuable when on the road, because Henry's multiple conditions have him in the hospital about twice a month, and medical decisions could be imminent at any time. Meanwhile Henry - an ambitious teen looking forward to college and more - has no intention of allowing biology to hold him back from the future he's planning. He's using the app to prepare to manage his health when living on his own.

Henry's challenges include medically intractable epilepsy - that is, epilepsy that is very difficult to treat: so far 20 drugs have failed, but an implanted device has brought some relief, shortening seizure duration from about six minutes to a minute and a half.

He's on a special diet to help rein in the epilepsy, and a mistake on that, Betsy notes, cannot be allowed to happen. "If he were given an IV with dextrose," she explains, "he could go into status epilepticus [clusters of seizures or continuous seizure]."

Henry also copes with two other chronic conditions, a neuro-metabolic disorder and dysautonomia, which can cause problems including tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast.

Then there are the allergies: at least 13 that are vital for doctors and others to be aware of. Many of these, Betsy notes, surfaced when Henry was very young, so his parents remember, but he doesn't. But even though he's a frequent patient at the hospital, every time they check in they get the same old questions, including: What are the allergies? What happens if he's exposed to any of those substances? What medications is he taking?

"Now," says Betsy, "I just show them my iPad, everything is spelled correctly, it's got the exact dosages - they love it."

The Furlers also give high marks to another CareSync feature: the summary we create describing the patient's overall situation at a glance (also very popular with the doctors, medical practices, patients and caregivers served by our Chronic Care Management program).

"I love the summary," says Betsy, who like many patients and caregivers has written a few of her own in the past. The difference with CareSync, she notes, is the objectivity. "When you're looking at things through your own lens, you can forget to mention things that are familiar to you but might be important for others to know."

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Topics: share your health stories, CareSync Care Plans, mHealth, care coordination, patients, caregivers, CareSync company updates

The Top 6 Reasons Why CareSync is for You

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

We all know how important health is. Health determines how we think, act, and live every day. Since health is so crucial to our life, it's important that we know how to properly manage and understand all of the factors related to it. Without a background in medicine or healthcare, however, it can be confusing to take charge of all of our medical records and find a way to understand them. For those who are caregivers, or those who have chronic conditions, managing your health is especially crucial.

1. CareSync gathers all of your medical records in one place

CareSync collects your medical records and puts them in one, easy-to-access location. With just a couple of clicks, you can access medical records from an appointment you had a week ago, or even one that you had years ago. 

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Topics: medical records, chronic care management (CCM), CareSync Care Plans, mHealth, care coordination, patients, CareSync company updates

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