"In our business we focus our attention on the family caregiver, because they know the most about the chronically ill member. They not only know there isn't an air conditioner, they know there's no food in the refrigerator they know they haven't applied for fuel assistance in time for the wintertime, and that's got nothing to do with the health conditions."
- Tom Riley, Seniorlink CEO on the role of the caregiver in focusing on social determinants of health in managing care and improving outcomes
Tom Riley, second from left, discusses health care transformation with Alfred Poor, moderator, Dr. Zubin Eapen of Caremore Health and Dr. Reena Pande of AbleTo Inc.
This month, Seniorlink CEO and President Thomas Riley presented on the panel, "Meet the Transformers in Digital Health" at the 9th annual Digital Health Summit (DHS) in Las Vegas. The panel was comprised of three healthcare company leaders who have paved the way in improving patient outcomes while simultaneously reducing healthcare costs. Dr. Zubin Eapen of CareMore and Dr. Reena L. Pande of AbleTo Inc. spoke alongside Tom and engaged in a lively discussion that covered the government's role as a partner in health care transformation, ways their companies are taking on the challenge of providing high quality, cost effective care, and the future of digital health.
In addition to the discussion on health transformation, Tom also commented on the role of caregivers in health care, and on RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which at the time had just been passed by the house. It has since been signed into law by the President.
"I'm excited to be here two days after congress passed the RAISE act, where congress has given itself 18 months to create a strategy for family caregivers in this country. And usually, if we had more time I'd ask for a show of hands of how many caregivers are out there – there's 40 million of you in this country, there's 40 million of us doing this work, and for those of you who are out there doing this work I'd say to you what I say to a service person out on the street corner: thank you for your service to this country. Because you provide 500 billion dollars of uncompensated care to our 3 trillion dollar health care ecosystem and those in Washington are finally recognizing the value of that and doing something about it."
Check out the video of the full panel discussion here: