Heart Failure Patients More Confident in Self-Care Abilities with Wellflix Videos

Jul 08, 2015, 17:00 ET from Wellflix, Inc.

DURHAM, N.C., July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wellflix, Inc., today announced preliminary heart-failure patient experience results from their product pilots being conducted at hospitals and outpatient sites in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Wellflix recently released its new Heart Failure Patient "Road to Recovery" video suite to improve patient self-care recovery and reduce hospital readmissions. Patient readmissions have become a growing problem for hospitals, and heart-failure patients are among their most frequent "bounce backs."

"Patient feedback after using our Heart Failure Recovery videos is consistently positive," reports Wellflix CEO Jonathon Winder. "Results at Duke University Medical Center's Same-Day Access Heart Failure Clinic in Durham, NC, find that 88% of HF patients reported the self-care modeling videos very easy to use and all found them helpful in following their recovery treatment plan."

"But more important are the 'patient self-efficacy' results," adds Winder. "All Duke HF patients who watched the videos report they are more 'confident' that they can perform at home the activities in the videos. Confidence highly correlates with future behavior change. After a patient observes a new activity such as tracking their weight, if they say they can now do it by themselves, they usually do. We are currently tracking 30- and 60-day readmission activity as well and anticipate that Wellflix will have a positive impact on preventable readmission behaviors."

In addition to their use at Duke, the Wellflix Heart Failure Recovery videos are being used through CareGroup Home Care with patients drawn from Boston-area hospitals. "Our nurses love the videos," reports Katherine Cumberland, RN, MS, Clinical Manager of CareGroup in Watertown, MA. The Boston-area CareGroup was the initial implementation of Wellflix Heart Failure Recovery videos, specifically to reduce hospital readmissions per guidelines in the Affordable Care Act.

"Enabling positive behavioral change is the ultimate goal," says Arlene J. Lowenstein, PhD, RN, professor and director of Simmons' Health Professions Program.  "Media, when done right, can create the impetus for patient learning, reduce the amount of necessary reading, and increase interest and motivation for change. Behavioral modeling videos illustrate and reinforce points needed to be made and enhance recall. They are a powerful tool to make learning stick."

About Wellflix, Inc.

Wellflix creates medical instruction videos that help patients and their home-based caregivers provide the best possible care once the patient is discharged from the hospital. Wellflix draws on Social Cognitive Theory to create short videos that use the "power of show" to enable patients and their caregivers to help patients recover outside the clinical setting, when professional care is not at hand.  Wellflix is focused on decreasing patient readmissions by improving health literacy and self-care management behavior. For more information on the Wellflix patient education model and products, visit us at www.wellflix.net

For more information regarding this release, and requests for additional information or interviews, contact:
Jon Winder
Wellflix, Inc.
(617) 429-4949
Email: winder@wellflix.net 
Full Release: http://wellflix.net/heart-failure-patients-more-confident-in-self-care-abilities-with-wellflix-videos/ 
Sample Video: http://vimeopro.com/wellflix/tracking-your-weight

SOURCE Wellflix, Inc.