August 23, 2012
Ocean Spray Employees Praise Better Access to Medical Care With Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Care Rewards Program. Ocean Spray employees and family members, who are living with diabetes, have praised the new care and benefits they are receiving under the Good Health Gateway Diabetes Care Rewards program, designed and administered by Abacus Health Solutions. Click here to read the Press Release.
August 8, 2012
SurePoint Medical Teams With Abacus Employer Health Solutions to Provide Customized Workplace Wellness Programs for Diabetes Care. SurePoint Wellness Helps Employers Reduce Healthcare Costs by Motivating Plan Participants to Use Home-Delivered Diabetes Supplies and Services. Click here for the Press Release.
December 20, 2011
Employees monitor their blood pressure at home. The Hour online article by Leslie Lake on Stamford Hospital's Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Care Rewards Program designed and administered by Abacus Health Solutions. Click here to read the article.
November 28, 2011
Dr. Ahern will be speaking at the University of Massachusetts, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on December 8, 2011 from 12 pm – 1 pm on the “Role of Patient-facing Technologies in the Era of Healthcare Reform.” Click here to see the announcement.
November 22, 2011
Dr. Ahern coauthored an article in Annals of Family Medicine with Charles B. Eaton, MD, MS, Donna R. Parker, ScD, Jeffrey Borkan, MD, Jerome McMurray, MS, Mary B. Roberts, MS, Bing Lu, DrPH, and Roberta Goldman, PhD on the effectiveness of an intervention based on patient activation and a physician decision-support tool for improving adherence to National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines entitled “Translating Cholesterol Guidelines Into Primary Care Practice: A Multimodal Cluster Randomized Trial.” Dr. Ahern also co-developed the HeartAge® calculator and decision-support tool used in the trial. Click here to read the article.
November 21, 2011
Press Release: Stamford Hospital Launches New Blood Pressure Remote Monitoring Program for Employees. System Designed to Improve the Health of Employees and their Families with High Blood Pressure and Reduce Costs to the Hospital. Read more...
May 9, 2011
Dr. Ahern presented a keynote address in the Harvard CME Course 2011, “Patient-Centered Computing and eHealth: Transforming Health Care Quality” in Boston on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Click here to see Dr. Ahern’s presentation.
April 25, 2011
Dr. Ahern is moderating a session on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. in advance of SBM to showcase SBM’s new Journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine (TBM), and a special issue of The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), both of which focus on behavioral and consumer informatics. Click here to view the Event Overview.
April 25, 2011
Dr. Ahern coauthored an article in SBM’s new Journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine (TBM), with Brad Hesse from NCI and Sue Woods from the Portland VA on the intersection of behavioral medicine and technology entitled "Nudging best practice: the HITECH act and behavioral medicine." Click here to read the article.
August 5, 2010
Employee Diabetes Care Reward Program: Children’s Health System® of Alabama put together a video testimonial for their employee health plan members as part of the communication plan for our Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Program. Click here to watch the YouTube video.
January 28, 2010
Abacus Health Solutions, in collaboration with Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, is studying innovative ways to promote screening and detection of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) using advanced technologies. Click the link to watch a short video from the Channel 10 Health Check coverage of the research:
January 23, 2010
Michael J. Follick, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Abacus Group, gives an interview on What’s @ Risk with Mike Christian on WBZ News Radio 1030 and WBZ.com that looks at the Healthcare Debate from a cost control and behavioral standpoint. To listen to the interview, click here, and go to What’s @ Risk #47 Saturday January 23, 2010 Segment #1.
December 7, 2009
Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Program Press Release - AMICA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY WINS BENEFITS AWARD FOR IMPROVING HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES WITH DIABETES. Read more...
November 13, 2009
Dr. Ahern served as co-chair for the “Informatics for Consumer Health: Summit on Communication, Collaboration, and Quality” in Potomac, Maryland sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and collaborative NIH Institutes on November 5-6, 2009 and facilitated a breakout session on the role of consumer informatics in improving health care quality, safety, and efficiency and reducing health disparities.
October 29, 2009
Dr. Ahern served as a discussant at a Symposium on behavioral telehealth entitled “Breakout Session #3: Behavioral Health and Telehealth: Assessing the Market and Charting the Way Forward” at the Center for Connected Health Conference “Up from Crisis: Overhauling Healthcare Information, Payment and Delivery in Extraordinary Times" in Boston, Massachusetts on October 21-22, 2009.
August 25, 2009
Dr. Ahern presented a webinar on August 24 at Noon ET - "Evidence-Based Health Management: Achieving an ROI with eHealth and Value-Based Plan Design"
How to leverage eHealth technologies and strategic health benefit plan design to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs. This webinar focused on the expected/experienced ROI for more advanced strategies to ensure consumer engagement, appropriate use of incentives, and a behavior change approach to health management. Case studies of targeted health behavior incentives within web platforms and evidenced-based plan designs were presented together with a discussion of both the short and long-term ROI for employers and their health plans.
- How to customize incentives to fit your workplace culture
- Assessing when value-based plans are a good fit
- Value-based pharmacy plan designs
- How to define relevant content and areas of focus for your health plan members
- Forecasting ROI for your health plan
May 4, 2009
Dr. David K. Ahern presented “eHealth in the Clinical Setting: Interactive Technologies to Enhance Health Behavior Change” at the Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education Conference, Patient-Centered Computing and eHealth: Transforming Health Care Quality, May 1-3 in Boston, MA. Click here to view the presentation.
April 23, 2009
Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Program Press Release - CITY OF HARTFORD TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR DIABETIC EMPLOYEES AND DEPENDENTS: New Program Expected to Save the City Money.
March 11, 2009
Dr. David K. Ahern presented “eHealth and the Future of Interactive Technologies to Improve Health Behavior Change” as part of a panel entitled, “Behavior Change: into the future” at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Health Behavior (AAHB) in Hilton Head, SC. Click here to view the presentation.
March 11, 2009
President & CEO, Michael J. Follick, Ph.D., presented “Wellness Incentives” at a luncheon sponsored by the New England Employee Benefits Council on Tuesday, March 10 at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts.
February 23, 2009
Dr. Ahern presented a workshop with Dr.’s Michael Parkinson and M. Chris Gibbons at the World Congress Leadership Summit in Carlsbad, CA entitled, “Designing and Developing a Product Framework for Consumer Participation.” Click here to view the presentation.
February 12, 2009
Abacus is interviewed and cited in TIME Magazine for our work on corporate wellness programs and the use of incentives. "Making Good Health Easy" by Laura Blue. Click here to read the article.
January 22, 2009
Abacus writes article for Insights Magazine published by the Northeast Human Resources Association: Control Health Care Costs with New Technologies and Plan Designs. Click here to read the article.
December 4, 2008
Abacus co-presents at the Annual Meeting of the eHealth Initiative.
Click here for Dr. Charles Eaton's and Dr. Ahern's accompanying slide presentation, "Innovations in e-Health to enable the Patient Centered Medical Home: Project Anchor."
October 28, 2008
Abacus presents at the Center for Connected Health conference.
Click here for Dr. Aberger's accompanying slide presentation, "Leveraging Technology and Incentives to Promote Quality and Affordability of Care."
October 27, 2008
Providence Business News health care article on Abacus' Diabetes Program by Marion Davis. "Five Questions With: Edward Aberger."
October 10, 2008
Good Health Gateway® Diabetes Program Press Release - COMPANIES SAVE AVERAGE OF $5,000 PER DIABETIC EMPLOYEE BY USING INCENTIVE-BASED HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Abacus contributes chapter to ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook-2nd Edition - A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies. Chapter: eHealth for Employee Health and Wellness: Optimizing Plan Design and Incentive Management. http://www.humankinetics.com/products/showproduct.cfm?isbn=9780736074346
Abacus Senior Scientist participates in published research on communicating cardiovascular disease risk.