Ibis Program can help seniors to identify COVID-19 symptoms and get access to telehealth.
The Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of
Massachusetts ("Mass Retirees") and Senscio Systems, a Massachusetts-based health technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for chronic health management announced a new partnership today. Senscio Systems will immediately offer its revolutionary Ibis (pronounced eye-biss) program and 10-inch Ibis tablet to qualified Mass Retirees members residing in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.
The Ibis program for home-based health management is also being used to monitor an individual's symptoms of COVID-19 by tracking vital signs and symptoms that indicate infection. "This partnership is a critical step to help our members get immediate access to new health technology that has been proven to help seniors with chronic health conditions and can now also play a pivotal role in identifying the symptoms of COVID-19. Our members and their families will also benefit from the online portal to share real-time updates with family and caretakers about their health. We are thrilled to have Senscio Systems as a trusted partner in
helping keep our members healthy and safe," said Frank Valeri, President of Mass Retirees.
The partnership will include promotion and education about the Ibis program to Mass Retirees and its more than 53,000 members via their electronic newsletter, printed newsletter, phone calls and other communication channels including YouTube and Facebook. There are also plans for a Tele-TownHall to further educate Mass Retiree members. The Ibis program has been shown to reduce hospital visits, including unnecessary visits to emergency rooms where other people may also have
COVID-19. Evidence shows that 70 percent of health deteriorations detected by the AI can be resolved in the home by Ibis members with help from their Ibis care team.
"As the coronavirus continues to spread across Massachusetts, it is the private sector's responsibility to step up for people who are most at risk of complications from the virus," said Senscio Systems CEO Piali De, Ph.D.
"Our Ibis program is the premier program for home-based chronic health management and we are proud to partner with Mass Retirees to provide our platform to their members. It has already helped hundreds of people
successfully manage their chronic conditions, plus it can help many more during the COVID-19 pandemic. By blending 21st-century technologies with a human touch, our Ibis program addresses several complex health issues including COVID-19, COPD, heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, and depression. The program transforms self-management while also providing caregivers real-time clinical information that can save lives."
The first step for Mass Retiree members is to initiate enrollment via a Member Advocate at IbisProgram.com. Based on the individual's health insurance, the Ibis program is available at little or no cost. The cost of the Ibis program is a covered Medicare benefit. Individuals who complete the registration will receive a COVID-19 Response Kit in the mail, including
an Ibis tablet, thermometer, pulse oximeter for measuring oxygen in the blood, and relevant instructions. Recipients will then be able to monitor their temperature, oxygen level and other health indicators, in addition to having access to a Member Advocate and a Chronic Care Specialist/Consultant. The Member Advocate can raise a red flag about any of the patient's holistic health qualities, coordinating with the chronic care specialist and that patient's primary care provider if needed.
With a current presence in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, Senscio Systems has been serving residents in New England for five years and is prepared to expand rapidly with the goal of increasing resiliency in the healthcare system.
The Ibis program has been used by more than 650 members who have been supported through nearly four million chronic health management tasks. In the process, Senscio Systems has collaboratively supported patients of more than 600 clinicians. The Ibis program uses telehealth technology that also saves the U.S. healthcare system an estimated average of $8,000 annually per member. The company's goal is to work with individuals who want to take control of their own healthcare and build stronger partnerships with their healthcare providers. Learn more at SenscioSystems.com.
To schedule a Zoom or in-person interview with Piali De, Ph.D, CEO
of Senscio Systems, video demonstration of the Ibis tablet or interview with Shawn
Duhamel, CEO of Mass Retirees, contact Greg Glynn, account supervisor at Marshall
Communications at 207-620-9076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download a high-resolution version of our photos, use the links below:
- Photo: Piali De, Ph.D., CEO of Senscio Systems holds the Ibis tablet that helps monitor an individual's symptoms of COVID-19.
- Photo: Screen shot of the Ibis tablet for a sample patient monitor an individual's symptoms of COVID-19.
- Photo: Tight shot of Piali De, CEO of Senscio Systems holding the Ibis tablet.
- Video: About the Ibis Program
All photos and videos courtesy: Senscio Systems
About the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts ("Mass Retirees"):
Founded in 1968, now in its 52nd year of serving retired Massachusetts public employees of the 104 public retirement systems within the Commonwealth, the Association is widely recognized as one of the strongest independent advocacy groups on Beacon Hill. From public pensions and health insurance, to federal issues such as the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision, Government Pension Offset and Medicare the Association leads the fight exclusively for all Massachusetts retired public employees. We are The Voice of the Retired Public Employee. For more information, visit massretirees.com.
About the Ibis Program:
Ibis (pronounced eye-biss) program is a comprehensive solution for at-home self-management of persons living with complex chronic conditions. The program combines healthcare technology and artificial intelligence, coupled with coaching and integrated health management services, enabling Ibis program members to self-manage their health build stronger partnerships with their healthcare providers to proactively intervene.
Following care plans prescribed by members' physicians, the Ibis program notifies the care team to consider interventions based on patient self-assessment data and generates unprecedented actionable insights for the care team about the health of the patient. For more information, visit Ibisprogram.com.
About Senscio Systems:
Senscio Systems, Inc. in Boxborough, Mass. was founded in 2010 by Piali De, Ph.D, and Hugh A. Stoddart, Ph.D. Senscio Systems' mission is to simplify complex operations through analytics. Its Ibis Program employs an innovative, patented Artificial Intelligence platform to support the self-management of persons living with complex health issues. The unique combination of technology and service in Ibis program creates a new paradigm for health monitoring and management, targeted to better maintenance of baseline health, increase independence at home, lower rates of hospitalization, and reduce costs for the most complex patients. For more information, visit www.sensciosystems.com.