SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Illness, treatment and recovery exact a heavy toll on patients and families. While cures are still years away for many serious diseases, the good news is there are now tools available to "make things just a little easier to deal with."
Meet Josh Margulies and the team at Liviam.
Josh, Liviam's CEO, knows first-hand the burden of an extended hospital stay for loved ones. He has drawn on the deeply personal experiences of his mother's battle with cancer and his wife's unexpectedly complex childbirth. While these events changed his life forever, they also helped make long-term hospital stays less traumatic for others. That's because they led Josh to create Liviam.
This multi-faceted platform gives a patient's friends and family concrete answers to the question: "What can we do to help?"
Liviam is designed to integrate directly with hospitals to provide patients with a safe, secure method for keeping everyone updated on what's happening. Hospitals can use the tool to communicate or reinforce important information and direct patients and caregivers to hospital resources.
"Liviam makes it easy for patients to begin to build a care team," says Leslie Kelsay, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif. "We're excited that subsequent versions of Liviam will give us real-time patient experience feedback, as well as ways to be sure patients know about the full range of services at the hospital where we can support their recovery."
Liviam is a free, easy-to-use, secure online portal for patients and their loved ones who have been separated from their normal routine and surroundings due to hospitalization.
"Liviam provides an easy-to-use method to keep everyone updated," says Josh. "It offers an integrated calendar that allows users to organize their day, schedule visits from friends and family and avoid scheduling conflicts. And, it allows patients to request help from friends and family for specific tasks, such as cooking, walking the dog, watering the plants and babysitting."