Industry Leaders Recognize Aetonix at TiECon Pitchfest 2018

Industry leaders are recognizing the value of introducing a remote monitoring platform, aTouchAway by Aetonix, to a community of complex patients and are throwing their support behind expanding the message through additional services and support. As the selected winner of TiECon’s Pitchfest, Aetonix looks to take advantage of this opportunity to scale to greater audiences.

Hospital readmissions are costly and unfortunately, very common for patients with multiple chronic illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, chronic disease prevalence is expected to rise by 57% by 2020. When you take into consideration that $1.7 billion in Medicare spending is spent on avoidable readmissions, there is lots more to be done to support this unique group.

aTouchAway by Aetonix bridges the gap between the hospital and the home, and connects the patient’s entire circle of care – physicians, family/friends, and other caregivers – on one secure platform. On Friday, November 2nd, Aetonix stepped up as one of five companies selected to compete in TiECon’s Pitchfest at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa. This is an annual opportunity for startups to introduce their company to a group of industry leaders in hopes of winning additional funding and valuable in-kind services. CEO, Michel Paquet, delivered an emotional pitch to the attendees and industry professionals around the impact aTouchAway has on the lives of complex patients.

“Did you know that 71% of healthcare costs in the United States are spent on patients with multiple chronic conditions? Did you know that of four seniors in the United States, three of them have a chronic disease?”, Michel begins – an opening statement that surely resonates with many attendees. With chronic diseases on the rise and technology more advanced than ever, there has never been a better time to introduce a platform such as aTouchAway. Industry professionals at TiECon could clearly see this impact, and are choosing to support Aetonix with our mission to help healthcare professionals to scale outpatient care, reduce cost of operations, increase touchpoints with patients and their care team, and increase efficiencies within the care teams.

“Winning the TiECon Pitchfest and getting the in-kind professional services will help us to accelerate our growth,” explains Michel Paquet. “As for the TiECon investment funding, the timing is perfect as we are currently raising funds to help introduce our platform, aTouchAway, to a new market in the United States”.

This Pitchfest win includes investment funding and a generous amount of in-kind professional services from industry leaders. As we are expanding into the United States, we are especially grateful to have this support and recognition behind our solution. Aetonix is looking forward to using aTouchAway to allow organizations to improve care for complex patients by simplifying the complexity of care at home – improving overall costs on the system.

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Objective: To complete a thorough needs assessment / initial evaluation for a COPD patient of an outpatient clinic

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT, the Physician could also be the educator)
Timelines: One 60-90 min session with the Educator.

  • This protocol should be established for all COPD patients from a given clinic, independently of whether they are new patients or they are known to the clinic. This protocol is the basis to engage the patient into other protocols such as education, exacerbation follow-up, etc.
  • We need to identify patient goals/concerns to guide the interventions
  • A thorough evaluation is carried on, with the objective of understanding where the patient is on their disease journey and follow-up treatable traits: dyspnea, exacerbation or dyspnea and exacerbation.
  • It includes the use of objective questionnaires such as the mMRC, CAT, HADS, Frailty Scale, etc.
  • Identify if the patient needs to be referred to other resources (e.g. Physiotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist)
  • Once Onboarding is completed, the patient continues to the COPD Education workflow
Objective: To cover in depth all the necessary elements of self-management education as per the LWWCOPD, with priorities based on patient goals and identified treatable traits

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines: A number of “Core” educational modules have been identified which cover the basic COPD education from the LWWCOPD program. Additionally, optional modules can be used to respond to patient needs. The timeline (frequency, number of modules to be covered at a given education session) is fully customizable, although we recommend to have education sessions every 2-weeks during the “active” phase of education. Once this is completed, the patient continues to the Maintenance Mode (see below).

  • Launched at the onboarding protocol
  • Provide basic overview of COPD self-management based on LWWCOPD (medication adherence, inhaler techniques, PLB breathing technique & energy conservation) up to the development of an Action plan for early exacerbation recognition and management.
  • Prioritize self-learning by the patient (e.g. watching videos, reading educational materials, completing homework) in addition to live sessions with the Educator. Educational materials are sent to the patient directly via the platform, and become the patient’s own library. The Educator can customize which “homework” the patient receives.
  • Educators have access to “User guides” to standardise their educational intervention. These user guides include: objectives, interventions, suggested questions, evaluation of self-efficacy, and learning contracts for each module.
  • Once the core education is completed, the patient can continue to
  • The Respiratory Status Follow-up Workflow (run in parallel)
The Maintenance Mode:
  • As soon as the maintenance mode is engaged, the frequency of visits Educator/Patient is reduced to once every 6 months.
  • During the Maintenance Mode sessions, the educator has access to all the education modules and can choose any piece of content that needs to covered with the patient. 
  • A streamlined evaluation (similar to the initial eval.) is done during each “maintenance” visit to identify any substantial changes on the patient’s needs that will require some adjustment. The patient could come back to an “active” education mode (more frequent education sessions, e.g. every 2 weeks).
Objective: Monitoring of stable patients from a clinic in order to identify early any aggravation of symptoms (exacerbation) and implement an action plan

Actors: Patient, Educator (Nurse, RT or Physician)

Timelines: Scheduled regular automated follow-up to the patient symptoms. Intensity/Frequency can be adjusted by the Educator depending on patient needs (e.g. daily, every week, etc.). Ongoing through the year.

  • Launch: Patients who have completed the Core Educational including setting-up an action plan.
  • Regular automated questions allow to identify any change in patient’s symptoms and severity.
  • If an exacerbation is detected the patient gets a reminder to engage their self-management strategies while waiting for the Educator to call back.
  • An alarm is generated for the Educator, so they immediately call back the patient. At this call they will evaluate any further intervention required and schedule additional follow-up.