Nebraska ACO gets analytics help to improve care

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Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contract wins and go-lives:

* The Nebraska Health Network, an accountable care organization serving the state’s providers, has selected Koan Health to provide population health analytics services with the goal of delivering higher quality care at lower costs. The ACO covers more than 148,000 lives in Omaha and neighboring communities. Consulting services are part of the package as the ACO works to achieve specific population health and care coordination objectives during 2018.

* Mineral Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Montana, is swapping out its NextGen electronic health record system and will implement the EHR of Athenahealth. The hospital implemented NextGen in April of 2015, but in early 2015 it had to explain to residents the debt it was carrying from poor choices the prior administration had made to the point where viability was in question. Consequently, voters approved a two-year levy to pay down the debt related to the NextGen EHR. With the NextGen contract expiring in July 2018, Athenahealth got the new contract.

* UCSF Health serving the San Francisco Bay area will deploy the care team communication and collaboration software platform of Voalte, linking six hospitals and nearly 15,000 end users. Robust integration with the organization’s Epic electronic health record was a key consideration of the contract award, says Heidi Collins, vice president of clinical systems at UCSF Health. The platform also supports shared smartphones for nurses at the point of care and for physicians and others using personal smartphones outside the hospital, as well as offering messaging software.

* The Indiana Health Information Exchange, which has the largest inter-organizational clinical data repository in the nation, will use the Diameter Health platform for a pilot project to provide clinical data normalization and standardization services. The vendor offers data cleansing to improve the quality of clinical data that is gathered and distributed.

* Golden Shore Medical Group, an insurer serving more than 100,000 patients and operating 17 clinics in four California counties, has engaged Apollo Medical Holdings to manage the patients. The vendor has a population health management platform with administrative, clinical and technology capabilities. In total, Apollo Medical Holdings now has more than one million patients who are under value-based capitation arrangements with multiple health plans.

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