Virtual Health, which has spent the past two years refining its value-based care platform for specialists with early adopters, made its public debut at HIMSS17. At present, the company has eight clients covering 1.5 million covered lives, according to Adam Sabloff, CEO. The vendor focuses on the Medicare and Medicaid markets because those insurers and the providers working with them “are the ones with the most pain points,” Sabloff says. The platform supports using analytics to assess such measures as whether care managers are submitting required forms to Medicare or a Medicaid plan on time, or are calling patients to check on their conditions. It serves behavioral health specialists, care managers, care coordinators, health aides and analytics professionals.

naviHealth, which is owned by Cardinal Health, has a new product line of post-acute care management and care transition decision support software, combined with advisory services. The product suite uses admission information to score patients, based on anticipated post-acute needs and readmission risk, to generate a recommended level of care; generates assessments and care plans using clinical, psychosocial and demographic data along with predictive algorithms to predict patient outcomes in various acute care settings; recommends optimal care settings, treatment plans and patient needs after discharge; and analyzes the quality and performance of post-acute care providers. “Hospitals and providers are (increasingly) responsible for the cost and quality of patient (care) following discharge,” says Clay Richards, CEO at naviHealth. “That’s tough, because many of these costs have traditionally been outside the control of the hospital.”

Integra Connect also debuted at HIMSS with a cloud-based clinical and financial platform designed for specialty medical practices moving toward value-based care. Initial client targets include large oncology and urology practices and emergency medical services. CEO Charles Saunders, MD, previously served as the leader of Aetna’s Healthagen population health management unit. Many specialists are unprepared for the technologies and services to manage chronic patients in the era of value-based care, according to Saunders. Outsource services include call center operations and care navigation services. The goal is to bridge the gap between what electronic health records vendors offer and the solutions that specialists need to improve care and bend the cost curve, he says. About 600 physicians in five practices have signed up for the product during the past five months, and the company now is rolling out its services.

FamilyWize launched emRxcel, software that integrates the vendor’s prescription drug savings program with electronic health records to help patients save on their drug purchases. Using emRxcel, the discounted drug price is automatically included with the patient’s prescription through the EHR. The software also tracks a patient’s adherence to drug regimens, with communication on adherence sent to the physician.

Merck at HIMSS17 launched ILUM Health Solutions offering enterprisewide disease management tools and services to improve outcomes of patients with infectious diseases, particularly sepsis. The product uses data from existing hospital IT systems to recommend appropriate use of antimicrobials through the decision support system to support monitoring, prioritizing and early recognition of infectious diseases with appropriate interventions and adherence to clinical pathways. East Jefferson Hospital in Louisiana was a pilot site.

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