This case study shows the value of our approach: becoming Aware or the people in one's networks, Clarifying what connections are needed or missing, and taking action to Transform networks accordingly.
In this case, our assessment showed an 87-year old woman had three sub-optimal networks. Her network-focused transformation plan helped her regain her health and quality of life following a serious disease.
In addition, it has so far it has given her another four years of independent living in her own home and has helped her avoid ER, hospital readmission, in-home caregiving and assisted living costs estimated at $250,000.
Our coaching, workshops and consulting services on network optimization can help improve the seniors' quality of life and reduce costs for hospitals, health plans, employers, seniors and their families.
This case study evolved during the longitudinal study of Janet.
The Mind Map image on the left shows her connections prior to the time she developed insomnia. In the Mind Map on the right, we color-code red the connections she lost because of the "next day drowsiness" side-effect of the benzodiazepine she was prescribed to treat her insomnia.
Alternative medicines that do not have that side effect would have prevented the losses to Janet, her family and the community organizations with whom she volunteered.
This impact is rarely addressed within typical burden studies, our approach uncovers actionable insights that can help companies with better medicines.
Our network analyses can help companies and senior advocates expand awareness of the burden of side effects, create compelling new content for physician, payer and policy maker discussions, and better position newer medications that do not have side effects.