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October 09, 2013 12:25 ET

Augusta Health Chooses Sandlot Solutions to Improve Patient Health and Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria

New Technology Will Enhance Care Collaboration and Transitions at One of the Nation's Top Community Hospitals

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2013) - Augusta Health, a nationally recognized non-profit community hospital in Virginia, and Sandlot Solutions, a physician-developed healthcare information technology company, today announce an agreement to improve the quality of care for communities served by Augusta Health. Sandlot will provide Augusta Health with the technology to connect physicians for more coordinated care and support the health system and its affiliated physicians in achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria.

"In order to meaningfully improve patient health while managing the overall cost of patient care, providers realize that they need robust technology solutions," said Joe Casper, CEO of Sandlot Solutions. "Augusta Health is one of the highest-performing community hospitals in the nation, and we're honored that they've entrusted us to help them harness the power of patient data. Our organizations share a commitment to excellence that, together, will help us achieve the goal of providing patients with improved healthcare and clinical outcomes."

Augusta Health will leverage Sandlot's expertise in health information exchange (HIE), clinical analytics and care management, enabling enhanced clinical collaboration and interoperability with physician and hospital electronic health records (EHRs). Shifting from a health data infrastructure where patient data is stored in disparate silos to an integrated, secure HIE will enable Augusta Health to exchange relevant clinical content at the point of care and ultimately realize the benefits enjoyed by other top-tier organizations that benefit from Sandlot's Software-as-a-Service solutions, such as North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) and Baylor Quality Alliance. In 2012, Sandlot worked collaboratively with NTSP's Medicare Advantage members to reduce 30-day readmissions for the same condition to 2.71 percent and for other conditions to 9.38 percent, compared to the national Medicare all-cause readmission rate of 18.4 percent.

"We will work with Sandlot Solutions, to measurably improve the quality and quantity of clinical data provided to caregivers across our community," said Bruce Hall, CIO of Augusta Health. "They can help us achieve our goals to provide patients and physicians with information to allow them to make the best decisions for their care and treatment through features such as seamless integration with our Meditech environment and collection of both clinical and claims data to provide relevant, targeted patient information at the point of care."

Augusta Health and Sandlot Solutions began their work in September, with the first community HIE components expected to be operational at the beginning of 2014. Today's announcement marks the most recent collaboration between Sandlot Solutions and progressive healthcare providers, payers and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve the health of patients and communities while also bending the healthcare delivery cost curve.

About Sandlot Solutions
Sandlot Solutions is a physician-inspired healthcare IT company with the expertise to build connections for providers that enable the exchange of relevant clinical content at the point of care using private cloud technology. Our track record of success has facilitated reduced costs, coordinated utilization, improved quality and elevated patient satisfaction. Sandlot's capabilities provide the bridge to gaps in care without having to re-engineer current systems and incur the additional associated expense. 

The company's configurable technology streamlines data-sharing, supporting provider organizations with health information exchange, data analytics and care management solutions. Physicians receive digital envelopes within their workflow with actionable patient information and analytics, including prompts at the point of care for appropriate interventions, education and follow-up. Please visit www.sandlotsolutions.com for more information or to request a consultation.

About Augusta Health
Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety and has been named one of America's 100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or 540.221.7329, or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.

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