SOURCE: Emmi Solutions

Emmi Solutions

February 04, 2014 08:30 ET

University Hospitals and Emmi Solutions Partner on Commitment to Patient Engagement

Record of Success Garners a Long-Term Agreement

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 4, 2014) - University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, OH has entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Emmi Solutions, a leader in outcomes-driven patient engagement. UH and Emmi Solutions are committed to working together to create and implement programs to increase population health outreach, enhance the transitions of care process, assess patient satisfaction and improve the health and wellness of patients.

The decision to enter into a long-term partnership is founded on UH's leadership in population health and Emmi Solutions' innovations in engaging patients. University Hospitals' ACOs now include more than 170,000 self-insured, commercially insured, Medicare and Medicaid members and beneficiaries, making it one of the largest ACO initiatives in the country and one of the few providing coordinated care, disease management and case management services to all populations, from infants to senior citizens.

UH and Emmi Solutions have been working together to improve patient outcomes since 2010 with a number of successes, including a combined effort that led to a 13% improvement of a key HEDIS measure for colorectal cancer screenings. Emmi Solutions' multimedia programs are delivered through a platform that creates interactive, engaging encounters to motivate patients to take actions essential to improving their outcomes and care while also tracking patient feedback to improve current processes. Emmi Solutions' products in use at UH include:

  • EmmiPrevent - Interactive call campaigns drive patient action for preventive care. Each call educates patients about the importance of taking action and makes it easy for them to do so. Over the phone, patients can transfer to scheduling, update their records or ask to hear more information about a health topic.
  • EmmiEngage - Multimedia programs that support communication across the entire continuum of care. EmmiEngage programs cover prevention, diagnosis, decision-making, pre-procedure, post-procedure, inpatient transition and chronic disease management, and they are applicable for all care settings.
  • EmmiTransition - Interactive phone calls and multimedia programs support clinical staff to effectively guide patients and their circle of care though the care transition process. Each call asks self-reporting questions about patient condition and compliance and delivers responses to providers so they may more efficiently leverage their staff. The multimedia programs deliver easy-to-understand, actionable messages designed to help keep patients on the right course.
  • Appointment Reminders - Through interactive voice response (IVR) technology, appointment reminders contact patients to confirm, reschedule or cancel scheduled appointments. Using an empathetic voice and language patients understand, reminders provide important educational information specific to patient appointments and reinforce key messages.

"At University Hospitals, we are dedicated to helping our patients experience a lifetime of good health and make it easy for them to do so," said Eric Bieber, MD, President of the UH Accountable Care Organization. "Accordingly, we are interested in a long-term relationship with Emmi Solutions because the company is an industry leader of patient engagement, outcomes and driving patient action. Emmi Solutions enables us to engage our patients based on their preferences and empower them to be decision makers of their own care."

"Our expanded relationship with University Hospitals will have significance beyond the benefits gained from implementation," said Emmi Solutions CEO, Devin Gross. "Our long-term partnership enables us to work together to test and innovate solutions, measure outcomes and value and promote efforts in the market. Due to the time span, we'll be able to more fully understand and refine our solutions' capabilities, ushering in a new era of patient engagement at a critically sensitive time of an industry in flux."

To learn more about Emmi Solutions, visit: http://www.emmisolutions.com/index.php/our-solutions

About Emmi Solutions, LLC
Emmi's proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities -- including computers, mobile phones and tablets -- at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi's ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. For more information, visit www.emmisolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About University Hospitals
University Hospitals, the second largest employer in Northeast Ohio, serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians in 16 counties. At the core of our health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, one of only 18 hospitals in the country to have been named to U.S. News & World Report's most exclusive rankings list: the Best Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation and the world, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics and spine, radiology and radiation oncology, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation and human genetics. Its main campus includes the internationally celebrated UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. UH Case Medical Center is the 2012 recipient of the American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Prize for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. For more information, go to www.uhhospitals.org

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