Orthopedic HRAs

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in our country deal with the health and emotional effects of obesity every day.

As our population ages, the prevalence of arthritis, osteoporosis, and related conditions are increasing at an alarming rate. Additionally, even an active lifestyle can lead to joint, back pain, or spine issues which may require surgical intervention. As knee and hip replacements become more common, providing access to these services becomes increasingly important for healthcare organizations.

Through HealthAware’s Orthopedic Risk Assessment program, our partner facilities provide community members with educational material that can help them take action to prevent the development of these conditions. The results of our risk assessments provide physicians the opportunity to treat the patient’s disease before a major event.

Our Orthopedic HRA program provides the following screening options that may be included in the offers and consultations that result from participation in any of our HRAs:

  • Blood pressure
  • Comprehensive personal history, specifically focused on pain and bariatric qualifications
  • Educational classes
  • Height
  • Range of motion/mobility tests
  • Waist circumference
  • Weight
Our Orthopedic Health Risk Assessment Program includes:

An estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about one in five) report doctor-diagnosed arthritis. It’s our nation’s most common cause of disability with nearly 21 million U.S. adults reporting activity limitations due to arthritis each year. Arthritis does not only impact the elderly; nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65.

JointAware Risk Assessments focus on the following risk factors:

  • Age
  • Arthritis
  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living
  • High impact job/manual labor
  • Obesity
  • Pain, swelling or stiffness in joints (knee, hip, foot, shoulder, etc.)
  • Strenuous physical activity

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Spine Disorders are a real problem in the United States. Four out of five people in the U.S. will experience spine discomfort at some point in their lives – a staggering 208 million Americans. Spine issues are the second most common neurological ailment in the United States – only headache is more common.

SpineAware Risk Assessments focus on the following risk factors:

  • Arthritis
  • Description and cause of pain
  • Manual labor
  • Medication
  • Obesity
  • Pain, stiffness, swelling or aching in your back
  • Past procedures
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous sports
  • Unexplained weight change

Estimates suggest roughly 85% of those seeking treatment for back pain have “non-specific” pain where the underlying disease or pathology remains unknown. Recent research on back pain disorders has demonstrated pain is more than just a “medical” problem – the overall experience of pain occurs at the intersection of the individual’s body, mind, and cultural background. BackPainAware assesses risk for a broad range of potential influences on back pain, including fears and anxieties about the pain, mood and motivation, and work situation.

BackPainAware Risk Assessments focus on the following risk factors:

  • Biomedical
  • Psychological
  • Social

Participants are then stratified into Low, Medium or High Risk categories.

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Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone becomes extremely fragile. Our bones are complex living tissues that can be weakened by poor diet and lack of exercise. As we age, bones begin to break down faster than new bones can be formed. Actions such as bending to pick up a magazine, lifting groceries, or even coughing can cause a fracture.

BoneHealthAware Risk Assessments focus on the following risk factors:

  • Description of and cause of pain
  • Diet and exercise
  • Manual labor
  • Medication and vitamin supplement intake
  • Pain, stiffness, swelling or aching in your back
  • Past procedures
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Vertebral, hip and wrist fractures
  • Unexplained weight change

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Patient Consent to Communication of Personal Health Information (PHI) through Standard SMS/Text Message and/or Email

Welcome! Your healthcare provider has partnered with HealthAware to help guide you through your care plan.

Who is HealthAware?
HealthAware provides health support programs (HSPs) delivered via standard SMS/text message and/or email. Your HSP is under the direction of your healthcare provider and is designed to support you in your health journey by providing education information related to:

  • Your health support program
  • Behavioral prompts/check-ins
  • Assessments/progress reports
  • Appointment reminders
  • Other health related messages or programs pertaining to my health support program

These HealthAware programs are for educational purposes only. They cannot provide, and are not intended as a substitute for medical care. The programs are automated, and therefore not actively monitored. In the event that medical care is needed, please call your healthcare provider or 911.

Why do I need to accept this patient consent?
HealthAware uses standard SMS/text messages and email messages that are not encrypted to communicate information with you about your HSP. Consequently, there is a risk that an unauthorized third party could view the information being transmitted.

To whom does HealthAware disclose my PHI (Personal Health Information)?
HealthAware only discloses PHI to you and your healthcare provider. HealthAware does not disclose PHI to any other party, such as marketing or sales organizations.

Consent
By clicking “accept” on a web page, clicking a link that is clearly labeled as a means of indicating consent, or replying “yes” to my consent prompt via text message, I agree to the following:

I hereby consent and state my preference for HealthAware to communicate with me via SMS/text message and/or email regarding various aspects of my health support program (HSP), which may include my PHI, behavioral prompts/check-ins, assessments and progress reports, appointment reminders, and other health related messages or programs pertaining to my health support program.

I understand that standard SMS/text messaging and email are not confidential methods of communication and may be insecure. I further understand that, because of this, there is a risk that standard SMS/text messaging and email regarding my medical care might be intercepted and read by a third party.

I may revoke this consent in writing except to the extent that HealthAware and/or my healthcare provider has already made disclosures in reliance upon my prior consent. If I do not accept this consent, or if I later revoke it, the commencement, continuation, or quality of my treatment will not be affected, but my enrollment with the HSP delivered by HealthAware will be terminated.