SOURCE: MEDecision Inc.

MEDecision Inc.

April 10, 2012 09:15 ET

MEDecision to Host "Strike the Balance" Client Forum 2012 in Philadelphia

U.S. Healthcare Leaders to Address Strategies and Innovations That Reduce Costs, Improve Care Quality and Transform Healthcare

WAYNE, PA--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - MEDecision Inc., the leading provider in collaborative health management solutions, today announced it will host an exclusive, invitation-only event -- Client Forum 2012 -- May 1-4, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia. Under the conference theme, "Strike the Balance," the Forum will convene chief medical officers and clinical leadership, senior IT leaders and care management executives from progressive U.S. health plans and healthcare provider organizations to address forward-thinking strategies and innovative technology platforms that will shape the future of healthcare. Amidst a backdrop of emerging value-based healthcare models driving preventive care and better coordination of care, a rapidly growing individual market driven by government regulation, and the nation's ongoing concern over the rising costs of care, Forum attendees will leave the conference with deep insight into best practices that will help them save money, improve care quality and build the foundation for transformation to value-based healthcare.

"Our Client Forum 2012 -- aptly themed 'Strike the Balance' -- will be highly valuable to attendees who need a place to learn best practices and share challenges as their businesses transform to meet the demands of tomorrow's healthcare marketplace," said Deborah M. Gage, president and CEO, MEDecision. "Our clients need meaningful strategies they can implement in their own organizations to balance today's demands for improved care management with future models for collaborative risk-sharing, delivery and outcomes measurement."

Inspiring Keynotes Deliver Forward-Looking Insights
The Forum will showcase an impressive roster of keynote speakers that includes Roy Spence, founder, chairman and CEO of GSD&M Idea City and The Purpose Institute, who will deliver a powerful perspective on finding and fulfilling the healthcare organization's purpose. Stuart Altman, PhD, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, will analyze U.S. government and private sector efforts to slow healthcare cost growth, how the Obama health reform legislation has attempted to learn from past mistakes, and will share insights into accountable care organizations and bundled payments.

In the industry's quest to lower costs, while increasing quality, healthcare stakeholders are all looking for faster, deeper insights into member and patient health information. In his dynamic keynote, Dr. Ahmed Ghouri, CEO and co-founder of Anvita Health, will address this search by examining the importance of the next generation of analytics to focusing on predicting and preventing care episodes. He will share insights into the problems that must be overcome, and why interoperability and distribution to stakeholders -- as broadly and quickly as possible -- is critical to the equation.

Educational Sessions Address Attendee's Unique Needs
In targeted sessions, chief medical officers and clinical leadership, senior IT leaders and care management leaders will examine ways to improve accountability and care management, improve patient outreach and maximize current IT investments. Thought leaders and industry experts from a growing list of organizations such as Accenture, AmeriHealth Administrators, Automated Benefit Services (ABS), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dorland Health, Exeter Hospital, Healthcare Service Corporation, Highmark, Milliman, Partners In Care, Silverlink Communications, and URAC will present in these sessions, sharing insights, best practices and creative approaches to these issues while helping attendees better position themselves for the transformation of healthcare.

To learn more about MEDecision Client Forum 2012, including registration, agenda information and a full listing of speakers, please visit

About MEDecision
MEDecision's contribution to the healthcare industry is a powerful platform that delivers meaningful data to inform the most important healthcare transaction -- patient care. We start with a philosophy that patients, providers and payers are all driving towards better health outcomes and that this common interest dictates the need for collaborative working environments.

Then, we apply 23 years of experience, $85+ million in research and development and the strongest clinical knowledge to deliver the MEDecision collaborative health management platform, which includes Nexalign®, a health decision support service that applies analytics to information gathered from multiple sources to foster better business and clinical decisions on a patient's behalf; Alineo®, a health management platform for delivering outcome-driven case, disease, utilization and behavioral health management; and InFrame®, a set of tools to facilitate the health and performance management processes for physicians and accountable care organizations.

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