Krames StayWell ACO 360 Suite to include Pro-Change LifeStyle Management Suite featuring Health Risk Intervention, Online Coaching Programs, and New Provider Dashboard

South Kingstown, RI – February 13, 2013. Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. and Krames Staywell (KSW) have reached an agreement to incorporate a special version of the Pro-Change LifeStyle Management Suite into Krames Staywell’s comprehensive communication and engagement package created for accountable care organizations, ACO 360°. ACO 360° meets the outreach, acute patient education, and health management needs of an accountable care organization and is designed to foster patient engagement in the care coordination activities of an ACO by promoting health self-management.

“ACO 360° is a powerful program that includes print and digital newsletters, a patient resource guidebook, multimedia website libraries, and a comprehensive database of over 5,500 patient education articles in English and Spanish that can be integrated into virtually any Health IT system and delivered through the EHR and Patient Portal via the Infobutton Standard,” explained John George, Executive Vice President Krames StayWell. “However, we felt there was a gap in providing solutions to enable ACOs to better manage the overall health of their patient population. The LifeStyle Management Suite, created by the Pro-Change team using a leading behavior change methodology, is uniquely designed to serve the needs of an ACO model.”

Pro-Change was founded by James O. Prochaska, PhD who developed the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) more commonly referred to as the Stages of Change Model. The LifeStyle Management Suite incorporates the TTM into a Health Risk Intervention that not only assesses risk but also addresses a person’s readiness to make a behavior change and guides the user with stage matched strategies. The Suite includes nine online coaching programs such as smoking cessation, weight management, exercise, nutrition, and stress management that dynamically reassess where a person is on the continuum of making a behavior change and provides tailored guidance strategies to best help the user reduce their health risks. The version of the LifeStyle Management Suite incorporated into ACO 360° also includes an innovative provider dashboard designed to better coordinate and encourage health management interventions and promote communication between the patient and the care team.

“We are excited to be partnering with Krames Staywell,” added Janice M. Prochaska, PhD, President and CEO, Pro-Change. “The combination of our scientifically validated behavior change programs and KSW’s proven patient and consumer engagement tools coming together in ACO 360° creates a powerful lever for any accountable care organization looking to drive success of their efforts via effective patient engagement and accountability in personal health management.”

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