CMS, HHS Leverage Health IT To Improve HIV/AIDS Treatment

March 31, 2015 in News

CMS has awarded $8.7 million to a New York-based not-for-profit to leverage health IT in an effort to improve HIV/AIDS medication adherence, Health Data Management reports.

Award Details

VillageCare, a provider of post-acute and chronic care services, received the grant as part of CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s second round of Health Care Innovation Awards.

Under the three-year project, called VillageCare Wellness Innovations, an integrated mobile application and Web portal will serve as a mobile medication planner. The platform will provide services, such as:

  • Personalized medication adherence plans;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Social networking;
  • Text reminders;
  • Virtual support groups; and
  • Virtual access to health coaches.

According to Health Data Management, VillageCare will recruit 5,000 patients for the project, which is set to launch in April.

The mobile platform was created by Wellness Layers, a patient engagement services provider (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 3/24).

HHS Launches Initiative To Promote HIV Treatment

In related news, HHS has launched a digital storytelling platform to promote treatment for individuals with HIV, Clinical Innovations Technology reports.

The project, called Positive Spin, was developed by with feedback from other stakeholders.

Positive Spin features stories about five HIV-positive black men who have sex with men, and who have navigated the HIV care continuum from diagnosis to treatment to viral suppression. According to Clinical Innovation Technology, black gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by HIV.

The project is part of a larger federal effort to increase treatment and suppression rates among all HIV-infected individuals.

The platform was designed to be accessible on mobile devices and includes additional information through videos, infographics and links to federal sources (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 3/25).

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