Chronic disease management company, Healthy Interactions and Pottstown Medical Specialists Inc, a leading high profile health system announce the latest CHF and COPD clinical outcomes

Healthy Interactions turnkey Integrated Chronic Disease education deployed at Pottstown Medical Specialists Inc. were shown to substantially help patients with COPD.These educational Conversation Map sessions included a series of clinically-validated, reimbursable in-person sessions. Healthy Interactions COPD Conversation Map program delivers the highest standards in COPD self-management education and patient empowerment. COPD self-management education is an essential part of achieving better outcomes in COPD disease management. While COPD education is typically limited to rehab, this unique methodology is found to be highly successful in primary care practices.

Healthy Interactions COPD Conversation Map tools are now used by a network of diabetes educators who have been using the unique methodology of diabetes education for the last decade. With an educator network of over 30,000 nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and doctors can use the trusted methodology for other medical conditions. In this case, the Healthy Interactions sessions can be used in primary health systems as part of COPD self-management education. Like any other Healthy Interactions program, this one is designed to improve outcomes and quality of life. "It has been a privilege partnering with PMSI to help their healthcare professionals improve the lives of their patient with diabetes, COPD and CHF. Healthy Interactions programs have improved over 35 million lives. It’s our passion. It’s our purpose. Our team loves our work with PMSI. Special thanks to Pulmonologists, Drs. Sbat, Pham and Patil who are very supportive of the programs and refer their patients for education.” Paul Lasiuk, CEO, Healthy Interactions.

100% participants found COPD Conversation Map sessions informative, 91% found questions were answered, 97% felt empowered to start making improvements in their personal COPD care plans.

The following results have been observed from a leading healthcare facility:

  • 100% of COPD patients found COPD Conversation Map sessions informative
  • 91% patients found their questions answered
  • 97% felt empowered to start making improvements in their personal COPD care plans
  • 100% would recommend the Map sessions to others needing COPD education and empowerment
  • 84% felt the session helped better manage their COPD

The program goals aim to:

  • Reduce ER hospital visits
  • Increase regular medication adherence rates
  • Lower steroid prescriptions
  • Maximize self-care management
  • Increased knowledge of red–flags indicators

As Deb Zlomek Education Coordinator states, “Many COPD and CHF patients are afraid of physical activity because of concern they may have difficulty breathing. As a result of the Map session, they are able to talk about their fears and together we are able to come up with an effective plan.” The COPD Map sessions empowered and educated patients to manage their COPD better. Patients not only indicated increase in knowledge like “warning signs and breathing exercises....” but also appreciated psychosocial significance that is unique to HI methodology like “Helped to see others in same situation”, and “Sharing experiences with other participants and the facilitator..” ".that is part of the healing and supportive methodology that only Conversation Map sessions provide."

About Healthy Interactions

For over a decade, Healthy Interactions has created innovative approaches to improving the outcomes of chronic conditions. Our programs focus on creating a meaningful and ongoing dialogue between health care providers and health care consumers. We design the right tools to create a structured interaction that can be delivered in a one-on-one environment or in small groups. Our digital tools support health care consumers in moving toward their goals with information, tracking, and ongoing peer and health care professional interactions. The result of our programs is consumers that are more active partners in their health, which improves the outcomes of their diseases.

We offer more than 200 programs, and have become a global leader in Diabetes. We provide our programs to health systems and clinics in the U.S., and have pharmaceutical sponsors that provide our programs throughout the world.

About PMSI Comprehensive Healthcare

Pottstown Medical Specialists, Inc. was formed in August of 1978, first known as Deviney, Guthrie & Popolow, LTD, from the merging of three separate practices of internal medicine. In May of 1980 the company name became Pottstown Medical Specialists, Inc. (PMSI). Over the years PMSI has added gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, rheumatology, oncology, pain medicine, neurology, and education to its specialty roster. Complementing these physicians and specialties are ancillary services such as a nuclear cardiology camera, digital echo machine, infusion therapy, therapeutic pain injections, and diagnostic sleep center.

PMSI has also developed a strong six location primary care division. This growth has been accomplished by the acquisition and merger of practices as well as opening new practices which are strategically located throughout the area. These offices stretch from Collegeville to Bally to cover a large geographic area. Being part of PMSI allows each practice to operate like a small independent practice and at the same time have the luxury of a strong corporation standing behind them.

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