Outcome Health, a technology company that provides health education at the moment of care to improve patient outcomes, today announced the continuation of an initiative to raise awareness of lupus across the country. The initiative will feature content from The Lupus Initiative® (TLI), a national program of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and deliver actionable health information to patients in a digital format. Participating physician practices will feature the educational programming on their waiting room TV monitors to patients awaiting care.
“ACR’s Lupus Initiative designs educational programs that increase awareness about lupus, advance health equity, eliminate health disparities, and improve the quality of life for people living with lupus,” said Sheryl McCalla, ACR Senior Director of Collaborative Initiatives. “By working with Outcome Health, we reach people with lupus and people experiencing lupus symptoms nationwide during the critical moments when they’re with their healthcare provider.”
Approximately 160,000 to 322,000 Americans are currently living with lupus and according to the ACR; lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men. Early diagnosis and treatment of lupus is critical to preventing long-term consequences of the disease.
“There is so much about lupus that remains unknown, therefore it’s critical that we leverage our nationwide network to raise awareness for this disease,” said Anil Harjani, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships at Outcome Health. “Outcome Health is proud to work with TLI to provide support for patients, caregivers and survivors.”
In recognition of Lupus Awareness month in May, Outcome Health and TLI will focus on deploying resources to educate patients and providers about the signs and symptoms of lupus across Outcome Health’s nationwide rheumatology network. TLI recently launched a campaign called “Be Fierce. Take Control.TM, which encourages women to take control of their health and not ignore possible symptoms of lupus, such as fatigue and joint pain.
Outcome Health’s nationwide network reaches 41,242 practices and its platform includes technologies such as the Waiting Room TV, which can promote specialty-specific content and deliver lifestyle management videos to patients’ pre-consultation.