October 08, 2009 10:28 ET

FirstCare Texas Hires Vermedx to Provide Automated Diabetes Monitoring Technology to Assist With Pay-for-Performance Plan

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - FirstCare Texas has signed a contract with Vermedx, Inc. to provide its patent-pending Vermedx Diabetes Information System (VDIS) for the use of health care providers and patients belonging to First Care Health Plan's health maintenance organization operating in Lubbock, Waco, Abilene, and Amarillo, Texas.

FirstCare CEO Clifford Frank cites the success of the Vermedx Diabetes Information System, as detailed in the March 9 edition of The American Journal of Managed Care. This article describes how Vermedx reduces annual treatment costs by an average of $2,400 per adult patient while improving patient treatment quality. "It's a very cost-effective, quick to implement and easy to operate technology for our providers to add to their repertoire of tools for improving patient satisfaction and enhancing treatment quality," said Frank.

VDIS captures laboratory test results from multiple labs and provides patient-level evidence-based best practices recommendations for care. VDIS also provides quarterly population reports that help clinicians focus on highest risk and out-of-compliance patients in addition to generating automated reminder and alert letters for patients. VDIS is currently being utilized by primary care physicians in managed care and integrated hospital systems in three states, following a successful five-year NIH sponsored clinical trial.

FirstCare is owned by two religious-based health systems -- Covenant Health Systems in Lubbock, Texas, and Hendrick Health Systems in Abilene, Texas. FirstCare has been serving the health insurance needs of approximately 200,000 members since 1986. The corporate headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, with satellite offices in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock and Waco.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Vermedx, Inc.
    David L. Potter
    Executive Vice President
    866-233-2298
    Email Contact