SOURCE: Wellcentive


February 11, 2014 08:35 ET

CHRISTUS Health Partners With Wellcentive for Large-Scale Population Health Management Deployment

End-to-End PHM Solution to Enable International Health System to Collaborate and Manage Risk Across the Care Continuum

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2014) -  CHRISTUS Health, an international, Catholic, not-for-profit health system, has selected Wellcentive's suite of products and services to empower providers to systematically manage the health of their patient populations. One of the 10 largest Catholic Health systems in the U.S., CHRISTUS Health is committed to improving care quality and lowering costs to better serve its broad, disparate population.

Wellcentive's solution will play the key role in CHRISTUS Health's plan to take on the additional risk of managing patients in the primary care environment and collaborating across the continuum of care. The platform will enable the integrated delivery network to implement a consistent strategy for population health management that aligns physicians, hospitals and other practice sites. This large-scale technology deployment will help the organization aggregate data to establish and standardize best practices on how care management will be delivered to continuously improve clinical and financial outcomes.

"Providing care that is of the highest quality to our patients whether they are in or out of the hospital is what drives us," said Deborah Nichols, vice president, Health Plans and Population Health Management, CHRISTUS Health. "In addition, to meet our clinical quality, operational and financial goals, we must focus more on managing our populations in the ambulatory space. While many technology vendors specialize in certain aspects of population health management, we found Wellcentive specifically specializes in understanding the full spectrum of what is required to successfully manage a population. Their end-to-end solution's ability to centralize data and their deep expertise about how care is delivered in the ambulatory setting differentiated them during our evaluation of over 29 vendors. We look to Wellcentive as our trusted advisor consulting us every step of the way building our population health management foundation," Nichols said.

"We're pleased to be a trusted partner in CHRISTUS Health's go-forward population management strategy to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care as the industry transitions to value-based care delivery models," said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive's CEO. "Our expertise and solutions can help them bridge the divide between the practice and the hospital, and between the practice and the patient, in order to drive better outcomes among their populations."

Collaboration through Wellcentive's platform will include ambulatory practices, acute care facilities, specialist referrals and community support. As the healthcare industry transitions to a value-based outcomes delivery model, the comprehensive platform helps clinicians, administrators and staff identify high-risk patients, prioritize care management efforts, close gaps in population care, and track, measure and report on quality and cost performance at an enterprise level.

CHRISTUS Health's enterprise population health management strategy depends principally on Wellcentive's ability to aggregate data from multiple systems and vendors. The Wellcentive platform will interface with the health system's MEDITECH hospital patient record system, its health information exchange infrastructure, various ambulatory electronic health records and other systems. This integration is especially critical in working with information systems entailing different reporting requirements across different regions. Wellcentive's application then translates that data into meaningful health information and program-specific reports that promote collaboration across the continuum of care and help practices optimize clinical and financial outcomes.

The first phase of the Wellcentive implementation will focus on managing Medicaid populations in the Corpus Christi, Texas region as part of a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) project. A growing number of Medicaid beneficiaries are entering the healthcare system, and managing their care effectively is more important than ever. Texas, where many CHRISTUS Health facilities are located, is one of several states to pilot a Section 1115 Research & Demonstration Project to improve Medicaid management and reward providers for improving the cost and quality of care.

Upon completion of the first phase, Wellcentive and CHRISTUS Health will execute against an aggressive deployment schedule to implement the platform across the remaining chosen sites.

About Wellcentive

Wellcentive's specialty is bringing together disparate data and turning it into actionable information. Built from the ground up to help customers improve clinical, financial and human outcomes, Wellcentive's population health management solution is cloud-based, scalable, and customized to meet the needs of any health system or physician organization. Recognized in 2013 by both KLAS and Chilmark, Wellcentive provides the technology that care teams need in order to measure and report performance, and the education that leadership needs to find the most-profitable path from volume to value. Today, Wellcentive aggregates data over 2,400 interfaces, and the tools that improve outcomes for over 23 million lives. Visit Wellcentive at or call 877-295-0886 to learn more.

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