Ambient Listening

By: George Beauregard, DO – Chief Population Health Officer and Renee Broadbent, MBA, CCFSP – Chief Information Officer & Information Security Officer The burden of documentation in the electronic medical record is a source of great frustration for physicians. New technologies to reduce this burden are emerging. Ambient voice technology (also called ambient listening) refers […]

Why Digital Health Is Important for Healthcare

  By: Renee Broadbent, MBA, CCSFP Chief Information Officer & Information Security Officer Digital health is important for healthcare for several reasons. First and foremost, it offers the potential to improve patient outcomes and enhance the overall quality of care. By leveraging technology, healthcare providers can collect and analyze vast amounts of data, leading to […]

Housing Crisis of Springfield

Written collaboratively by Mary Crosby, Keisha Mojica, and Kiara Vazquez, Community Health Workers at SoNE HEALTH As a team of Community Health Workers that serve the Greater Springfield population, SoNE HEALTH provides support and resources to the Massachusetts Medicaid population. Support includes assisting patients with completing applications for state-funded housing, food assistance applications, utility assistance […]

COPD: Healthy for the Holidays

By: Annmarie Barlett-Rattell, RN, BSN RN Care Manager ‘Tis the season for respiratory illnesses and a good time to discuss COPD. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injury. Over 16 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, and millions more remain undiagnosed! Risk […]

A Quality Collaboration: Working Together to Deliver High-Value Care

By: John Sunde, VP, Payor Partnerships at SoNE HEALTH, and Laurel Pickering, MPH, Director, Strategic Growth Development at Centivo Employers are once again grappling with the high price of healthcare, reeling from rising renewals that have no reflection on the quality of their employees’ care. And whether companies shift costs to employees or take on […]

A Good Night’s Sleep

By: Kit McKinnon BSN, RN, CDCES Director, Care Management at SoNE HEALTH The discovery of insulin in 1922 saved and extended the life of people who developed Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). A second historic breakthrough in diabetes management is the continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The CGM is a medical device that provides glucose level data […]

Interdisciplinary Care Team Reduces Heart Failure Exacerbations

By: Katherine Fico, PharmD, BCACP       Clinical Pharmacist Lead Advisor at SoNE HEALTH SoNE HEALTH supports patients by collaborating as an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and community health workers. The SoNE HEALTH Clinical Pharmacists focus on medication optimization, medication adherence, and deprescribing especially when polypharmacy […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By:  Tracy Reilly, MLS          Manager of Quality & Performance at SoNE HEALTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society partnered with Imperial Chemical Industries in 1985, which started as a week-long campaign. Betty Ford helped kick off this important event as she was a breast cancer survivor. She […]

You Are Never Too Old to Achieve Your Goals

You Are Never Too Old to Achieve Your Goals By: Katherine Czarnowski, PharmaD, BCACP and Pearlene Martell, LCSW, LICSW   SoNE HEALTH team members take pride in practicing the organization’s values every day. Our values reflect our SoNE HEALTH mission to optimize patient care in collaboration with our providers and other stakeholders. The case shared […]

Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Department Utilization

Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Department Utilization By: Christin Fulton, RN, Director, Population Health Management Emergency Department (ED) visits are expensive, and a significant number are preventable. Increased use of the ED, especially in non-emergent cases, may indicate lack of access/relationship to primary care, a worsening behavioral or medical health condition, or lack of knowledge on appropriate […]