Inside Look at Ochsner Health’s Apple Watch Hypertension Pilot
April 24 was a big day in the technology world. The Apple Watch was released. On the same day, Ochsner Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in Louisiana, announced that it was the first hospital in the nation to manage patients suffering from chronic diseases, using the new Apple Watch. “Chronic disease is 86 percent of all the healthcare dollars spent in the U.S.,” says Dr. Richard Milani, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Ochsner Health. “It’s 70 percent of all the deaths in the U.S., so it’s certainly the epidemic of our time.”
Headquartered in New Orleans, Ochsner Health spans 19 hospitals, 50 health centers, 16,000 employees, and 2,500 affiliated physicians in 90 medical specialties and sub-specialties. In March 2015 Ochsner formalized “innovationOchsner” (iO) as a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to innovation. Its focus this year is on wearable technologies.