Free cellular phones from Amerigroup to Medicaid members
Written by Alyssa Clark
Free cellular phones from Amerigroup to Medicaid members
Coming soon across 12 states, SafeLink Health Solutions will provide customers with a cellular phone, 250 minutes per month, unlimited calls to Amerigroup’s customer service, unlimited text messages at everyone’s favorite price, free. Resulting from the pairing of Voxiva and Amerigroup, SafeLink Health Solutions solves the problem of establishing an immediate and modern connection between Amerigroup and its Medicaid members.
“Our partnership with TracFone means that these proven programs can reach many more people at no cost to them and at no added cost to their health plans,” said Paul Meyer, Voxiva's Chairman & President.
Commitment to Quality and Service
The partnership of Voxvia and TracFone Wireless inspired the production of SafeLink Health Solutions, but more importantly, now enables Amerigroup to contact and inform its millions of members at once, directly to their personal cellular phone, while simultaneously eliminating customer costs. SafeLink Health Solutions is a TracFone Wireless service, and once approved, will operate in all states in which there is an Amerigroup office.
“TracFone is proud to join Voxiva in providing SafeLink Health Solutions to enhance the lives of countless Medicaid recipients across the United States. By partnering with Amerigroup, we will leverage our company's knowledge, innovation and commitment to quality service to provide this unique solution,” said F. J. Pollak, CEO of TracFone Wireless.
For the Medicaid population enlisting the SafeLink Health Solutions services, members gain access to Voxiva’s slew of mobile health programs like Voxiva’s “txt4health” and “txt4baby”, where customers can see the evolution of customer service affecting them in ways like never before. To support and satisfy these members across state boundaries, customers’ needs and immediate accessibility to prevalent healthcare information is at the forefront of companies like Voxvias’ and Amerigroups’ minds as they hope to solidify member retention.
“Voxiva and its partners have been pioneers in delivering large scale mobile health services that improve health. Text4baby, which we developed with the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, is the largest mobile health service in the nation with over half a million moms enrolled” said Meyer, Voxiva’s Chairman and President.
Sharing is Caring
These programs target families to recommend timelines for physical exams and checkups, alerts and healthcare news, nearest flu shots or vaccinations, and reminders about member benefits and other services. Results from this commitment to customer care can be seen in the reported improvement in areas such as appointment attendance and immunizations received, while reminding the individual customer that their health and care will always remain the number one priority.
Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global
NeuTigers: edge AI in healthcare
What is edge AI?
Edge AI is essentially a combination of edge computing and artificial intelligence. Algorithms are processed locally - directly on a mobile device or server - rather than in the cloud. This reduces cost, computing power and energy requirements. There are also claims that edge AI is so fast it is possible to reach near real-time analytics.
Edge AI devices include smart speakers, smart phones, laptops, robots, self-driven cars, drones, and surveillance cameras that use video analytics.
Who is NeuTigers?
NeuTigers is a spin-off company from Princeton University, formed in 2018 to apply edge AI and machine learning to solve challenges in healthcare, energy, productivity, and security.
With offices in Princeton, NJ, the company is based at one of the top AI accelerator programs of FutureLabs in New York, and has also established a subsidiary in Nice, France.
How is NeuTigers applying edge AI to healthcare?
The NeuTigers AI Technology Stack uses deep neural networks that mimic how the human brain perceives and interprets the world. The company has developed the StarDeepTM Smart Health Platform for health monitoring and biomedical imaging, to improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosing diseases.
NeuTigers say the platform has the potential to monitor and screen for thousands of conditions, when used in combination with medical devices and smart sensors already deployed in healthcare settings.
Are there any real world examples?
In January NeuTigers launched CovidDeep, a tool that predicts COVID-19 with more than 90% accuracy, using physiological data from a wristband along with blood pressure and blood oxygen readings. It then analyses the data and gives a prediction within two minutes.
This week NeuTigers announced a new study to detect the early signs of complications with sickle cell anaemia. Conducted at a hospital in Paris, the research will begin by looking at changes to skin response, heart beat, sleep and temperature to predict an acute episode of sickle cell anaemia, and how this impacts on the patients’ disease conditions and quality of life.
The second phase of the project is to expand with prospective studies across different sites in EU, Africa and the US to explore the models' accuracy and clinical effectiveness.
Adel Laoui, CEO and founder of NeuTigers, says: “The best way to deal with a crisis is to avoid it happening in the first place. We are now entering a new era where medical early warning systems have become a reality.
“We are excited at the possibility of deploying a technology that can save lives of patients dealing with sickle cell anaemia. The potential of the StarDeep platform to dramatically improve patient outcomes while slashing some of the highest costs of healthcare makes it one of the most exciting developments in preventative personal medicine.”