Administrator Written by October 17

NJ teacher

 

Congratulations to Mark Mautone, a teacher from New Jersey, who was voted by the State Department of Education as this year’s top teacher. Mautone is seeing success using ABA in the classroom in conjunction with computer tablets for children with Autism. Digitizing data that was once kept on written spreadsheets can now be easily accessed to help monitor a student’s progress. Our latest product, Mozzaz Care, does just that. Teachers and therapists can now capture and record data in real time and then use the data to track a student’s progress and make adjustments to their programs accordingly. We will be showcasing Mozzaz Care next week at the Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium.  

To read the full article: NJ teacher of the year puts theory into practice with autistic preschoolers 

Administrator Written by October 10

We will be attending the Autism 2014 Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium on October 23-24!It will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center (255 Front St. W, Toronto, ON)

 

Geneva Centre

 

Be sure to visit us at Booth #57 located in the Techie Zone (Room #104)

The Geneva Centre for Autism brings together Professionals, Educators, Parents and Researchers from all over the world to discuss the leading research and clinical practices in the field of Autism.

We will be showcasing the latest version of TalkingTiles where personalized care plans can be created that includes augmentative and alternative (AAC), visual schedules and learning activities that can be utilized in both the school and home environment.

We’ll also be debuting our newest app, Mozzaz Care, which specializes in care team collaboration through remote care planning, activity scheduling, notifications, data usage, observation recordings and remote user monitoring; enabling individuals and care givers to effectively deliver and manage personalized care plans for individuals with Autism.

For more information on this event, visit www.symposium.autism.net

Administrator Written by October 09

We will be attending the Autism 2014 Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium on October 23-24! It will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center (255 Front St. W, Toronto, ON)

 

Geneva Centre

 

Be sure to visit us at Booth #57 located in the Techie Zone (Room #104)

The Geneva Centre for Autism brings together Professionals, Educators, Parents and Researchers from all over the world to discuss the leading research and clinical practices in the field of Autism.

We will be showcasing the latest version of TalkingTiles where personalized care plans can be created that includes augmentative and alternative (AAC), visual schedules and learning activities that can be utilized in both the school and home environment.

We’ll also be debuting our newest app, Mozzaz Care, which specializes in care team collaboration through remote care planning, activity scheduling, notifications, data usage, observation recordings and remote user monitoring; enabling individuals and care givers to effectively deliver and manage personalized care plans for individuals with Autism.

For more information on this event, visit www.symposium.autism.net

Administrator Written by October 01

Integrating Physical

 

With health care reform encouraging greater consolidation among health service professionals and organizations, the trend is toward integrating mental health, behavioral health and substance use services in all kinds of treatment settings. But whether integration takes place in primary care or at the health system level, the “triple aim” goals are the same: enhancing the experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing costs.

The Commonwealth Fund has put out a great paper, State Strategies for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services in a Changing Medicaid Environment:

“States across the country are promoting integrated care delivery as part of their efforts to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care to Medicaid beneficiaries with comorbid physical and behavioral health conditions. The Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings greater import to these efforts, as millions of uninsured low-income adults, many at increased risk for behavioral health conditions, gain coverage and states are required to provide behavioral health services and meet federal parity laws.”

“Drawing on a review of the literature and interviews with diverse stakeholders, this report explores strategies states are deploying to address or eliminate system-level barriers to integrated care for this medically complex and high-cost Medicaid population.”

 

Integrating Physical 2

 

I would encourage checking out the SAMHSA-HRSA website as a resource for integrated health care models and guidance. http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/ .

Administrator Written by October 02

In observance of Disability Employment Awareness Month, WalletHub ranked the nation’s best and worst cities for people with disabilities to live. And the winner… Overland Park, Kansas! The factors were based on three key areas — economic environment, quality of life and health care — to assess each locale and determine what the site called “the most suitable conditions for individuals with disabilities.”

You can check out the full report here with all the details and the methodology behind the study.

 

2014 Best

 

Top 10 list:

 

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Administrator Written by October 07

I recently met with the Life Sciences team at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District as a partner in their Transforming Health initiative. Emily and the team have put together a fantastic paper with concept that can really apply to healthcare systems around the world.

Here are a few tidbits. I would encourage you to read the full paper.

The report investigates two interdependent thrusts that underpin radical transformation:

  • Decentralization: Moving care outside of provider settings and into the home and community
  • Connectivity: Open data sharing and communication across users and healthcare providers

Why? The current healthcare delivery model is just not sustainable – both from a cost and quality of care perspective.

Health spending as a part of GDP continues to grow but raises the question “Are we maximizing our return on investment in healthcare?”

 

Transforming Health

Transforming Health 2

 

System under Pressure

Four challenges that are putting pressure on the current healthcare paradigm—the first two are largely population driven, while the latter two are system driven:

  1. managing the ubiquity of chronic illness
  2. caring for an increasingly aging population
  3. the increasing cost of labour; and
  4. the adoption of new medical technologies

 

Shifting Left toward Community-Based Healthcare

In place of formal, institutionalized care, health systems are now making a more patient-centric “shift left” toward settings where the care goes to the patient, instead of the patient going to the care.

 

Transforming Health 3

 

The path forward calls for an integrated community-based health delivery model with a promise to improve citizen’s health while keeping costs under control.

Great work MaRSDD team! We’re proud to be a partner and part of the conversation in transforming healthcare.

Administrator Written by October 07

Apple’s HealthKit has finally been released as part of the iOS 8.0.2 update - which was rushed out late last week after problems were found with the iOS 8.0.1 update.

 

Apple healthkit

 

HealthKit is designed to collect health data from various apps and make it available in Apple's new Health app for both users and healthcare providers. Company officials say it addresses two of the most pressing questions in the industry today – how to pull data from consumer-facing devices and make is easy-to-access and meaningful for healthcare providers.

 

Apple healthkit 2

 

"Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring your activity level, to your heart rate, to your weight, and chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes," Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi announced at the company's developers' conference in June. But "you can’t get a single comprehensive picture of your health situation. Now you can, with HealthKit. HealthKit provides a single place that applications can contribute to a composite profile of your activity and health."

At Mozzaz our team has already started digging into what’s possible with this platform and the initial impressions seem very exciting – especially with our new data collection & analytics engine built into the Mozzaz platform that will support data correlations from a whole host of newly accessible health data. Stay tuned!