Alzheimer’s Association Announces Partnership with Mediprocity to Provide Immediate Connection to Crucial Support Services
St Louis (July 25, 2016) - The Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter today announced a partnership with local tech company Mediprocity to launch a new secure messaging system for doctors and healthcare providers to immediately connect newly-diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients with the Association’s critical support services.
Direct Connect Rapid Referral is a HIPAA compliant communications application which enables secure messages to be sent either via a computer or mobile device – resulting in a more efficient referral process and more timely engagement with Association programming such as disease education, on-on-one care consultations and caregiver support.
“What’s key about Rapid Referral is the immediate connection,” said Stephanie Rohlfs-Young, Vice President of Programs for the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis. “Too often individuals and families receive an Alzheimer's diagnosis and they don’t know where to turn for support. Even when a healthcare professional recommends they contact the Association, it takes on average, more than two years for families to voluntarily connect with us.”
According to Rohlfs-Young, through Rapid Referral, outreach and subsequent engagement with Association services is much quicker. A primary reason for this is that families give their consent for Association staff to follow-up with them to initiate the process.
Rapid Referral was test piloted earlier this year with nine area healthcare provider groups, resulting in more than 45 connections to the Alzheimer’s Association during the three month trial period. Nearly 90 percent of these families received personalized care consultations, with 30 percent requesting ongoing monthly follow-up from a social worker.
"We received a great response from providers who used Rapid Referral during the pilot phase," said Mediprocity CEO Mason Rothert. "Our hope is that more doctors and providers will see the inherent value in the system -- expedited engagement with the critical support and care provided by Alzheimer's Association services."
About the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The St. Louis Chapter, a proud United Way member agency, serves 38 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois, providing comprehensive care and support programs. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's®. Visit Alzheimer Association STL or call 800.272.3900.
About Mediprocity Mediprocity was established in 2009 and has been focused on developing HIPAA compliant technologies for the healthcare sector. Mediprocity offers secure messaging for both the desktop and mobile devices, as well as secure forms. Mediprocity is a cloud computing company with versatile encrypted technology that meets HIPAA compliant standards. The company's core focus is on securing communication among healthcare professionals while improving workflow.