Healthways Puts Focus on Providers
The acquisition by Healthways of Ascentia Health Care in Philadelphia and Navvis & Co. in St. Louis underscores its interest in the provider market. Navvis is a consulting firm that works with health systems, hospitals and physician groups. Ascentia provides software to assist physicians in managing the population health of their patients.
O'Neil doesn't view the deals as big revenue acquisitions. Instead they bring historic experience and relationships in dealing with provider organizations. "They may even bring business models that are oriented to working effectively with provider organizations," he adds.
To prepare for the Healthways agreement THR is working with its employed physicians as well as independent physicians in the area to help them learn how to use and embrace the tools for population health management that the partnership with Healthways will bring. Scholl says that at a tactical level physicians will have access to analytic detail about their entire panel of patients.
As an example, he says a typical primary care physician has no idea how many diabetics are in a patient panel. "That's not the fault of the physician. The information systems haven't been built to answer that question. They've been built to answer questions about the condition of specific patients. They aren't population management systems." He notes that the Ascentia population health software doesn't require electronic medical records. It can be brought to a physician's office through an Internet connection.
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- TJC Warns Hospitals of Deadly Medical Tubing Mistakes