SOURCE: ArborMetrix, Inc.

ArborMetrix, Inc.

ArborMetrix, Inc.

September 17, 2013 07:51 ET

ArborMetrix and Physician Resource Management Announce Partnership for Clinical Oncology Platform for Health Plans

ArborMetrix Clinical Oncology Analytics Integrate With PRM's Protocol and Program Management to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - ArborMetrix, Inc., a leading provider of real-time healthcare analytics, and Physician Resource Management, Inc. (PRM) today announced a partnership to integrate PRM's protocol and program management with ArborMetrix's clinical oncology analytics.

PRM, a niche oncology management service organization in the U.S., focuses on improving patient outcomes and implementing innovative physician engagement strategies. ArborMetrix's advanced and scientifically rigorous platform uses data acquisition and timely analytics to improve oncology performance and the quality of care for patients. PRM has recruited the premier oncology leaders in the nation to guide and develop the protocols within the platform.

"As healthcare reform shifts the focus to outcomes-based care delivery, health plans and physicians will require actionable intelligence to improve quality, minimize complications and errors, and control costs," said Brett Furst, the CEO of ArborMetrix. "This integrated solution provides more robust, evidence-based guidelines from leading oncologists to help reduce unnecessary spend and inefficiencies that exist in the specialty and non-specialty drug arena around medical oncology."

Under the current system, quality measures for physicians and practices are inadequate and lack the clinical specificity for determining the grade and stage of cancer. That information is critical for physicians to properly assess the appropriate clinical care for a patient. There is also little to no accountability on costs and other key measures, and health plans do not have processes in place to track the efficacy of program improvement efforts for treatment costs and hospital admissions.

"Health plans and oncology practices often struggle to use patient data effectively to improve oncology outcomes while also reducing the cost of care," said Gene Eavy, the CEO of PRM. "Our focus on promoting the appropriate use of health care resources combined with ArborMetrix's critical analytics will be essential to the success of health plans and oncology practices as healthcare reform moves forward."

Formed in 2009 as a highly specialized healthcare consulting firm, PRM is led by physicians and industry experts passionate about empowering the local physician's office and cancer community. PRM provides business support and economic benefits that practices need to continue to offer high quality, comprehensive care.

ArborMetrix's clinical oncology solution, with its propriety clinical analytics and risk and reliability adjustments, provides healthcare organizations with the transparency necessary to reduce avoidable events, track performance, develop best practices and support continuous quality improvement. To improve patient health and reduce costs, it analyzes the care processes and outcomes for complex and highly technical areas of care such as oncology.

"As the Affordable Care Act takes effect, actionable business and clinical intelligence is more crucial than ever," said John D, Birkmeyer, MD, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at ArborMetrix. "By integrating our clinical analytics with PRM's protocol and program management systems, we expect to improve quality while reducing unwanted practice variation and costs -- a 'triple win' for patients, physicians and payers alike."

About Physician Resource Management (PRM)
PRM is a management service organization that provides business and economic solutions to current issues that physicians face in their daily practice. The PRM value is clearly evident throughout our nationally recognized and innovative GPO contracts, strategic partnerships with the largest pharmaceutical distributors, and our work with payer initiatives. These applied experiences enable PRM to deliver best practice models with optimal outcomes for physicians and their patients. For more information, visit www.prmbiz.com, email info@prmbiz.com, or call 734-206-1793.

About ArborMetrix
ArborMetrix, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a healthcare analytics and software firm specializing in quality measurement, cost-efficiency and performance improvement for surgical and other acute hospital and specialty-based care. The company focuses on developing rigorous data analysis and actionable business intelligence solutions that raise the bar on quality, performance, utilization and cost-efficiency for hospitals, health systems, specialty societies, quality collaboratives and health plans. ArborMetrix's unique, cloud-based technology evolved from groundbreaking research by the company founders on improving the quality of surgical care and econometric performance measurement. For more information, visit www.arbormetrix.com, email info@arbormetrix.com or call 734-661-7944, ext. 7008.

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    Physician Resource Management
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