Banner Health Launches Strategic Patient And Physician Engagement Platform

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Banner Positions for Accountable Care Initiatives and Meaningful Use with MEDSEEK Enterprise Solutions

"The partnership with MEDSEEK helps Banner to strategically invest in technology that will provide our patients and their families the best possible experience and care"
--Ron Bunnell, Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer, Banner Health

MEDSEEK, the provider of the healthcare industry’s only enterprise strategic patient engagement and management solutions, today announced its engagement with Banner Health to deliver a fully integrated patient, consumer, physician and employee experience, enabling Banner to strategically attract and engage patients and facilitate communication between physicians and patients. The commitment, which also includes the development of an enterprise-wide employee experience, provides a unified, online view of secure, clinical data for Banner’s 7,000 physicians, and their patients, across a network of 23 hospitals in 7 Western states.

The project will see Banner deploying MEDSEEK solutions to enhance the consumer experience and deliver strategic and highly valued patient engagement functionality, including patient enrollment, secure patient/physician messaging and the ability for patients to access test results and health records online.

Banner will also implement MEDSEEK’s strategic physician engagement technologies to enhance its accountable care and population health management programs. Banner emphasizes its commitment to improving the patient’s healthcare experience through greater care coordination and engagement, and the use of information technology to improve population health and reduce costs by managing quality and patient outcomes.

“The partnership with MEDSEEK helps Banner to strategically invest in technology that will provide our patients and their families the best possible experience and care,” said Ron Bunnell, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Banner Health. “MEDSEEK’s solutions will provide a platform to connect all caregivers in the Banner family of hospitals and allow us to make the patient experience more meaningful, usable and engaging,” he continued.

“MEDSEEK is excited be a part of Banner Health’s strategic physician and patient engagement plans,” said Peter Kuhn, MEDSEEK CEO. “In extremely competitive healthcare markets, and with Meaningful Use and accountable care critical to continued success, Banner and other leading healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and raise revenues by engaging patients, managing health conditions and improving quality of care. We’re proud that Banner has selected MEDSEEK to deliver on these strategic goals.”

Healthcare reform, accountable care and Meaningful Use, and the shifting emphasis from episodic treatment towards health management, present greater challenges to large, geographically distributed healthcare systems to provide highly coordinated care at lower cost. Banner selected MEDSEEK’s strategic engagement and health management solutions to help meet these challenges by facilitating care coordination through improved communications between physicians and their patients, and between hospital staff, case managers and care teams, in order to deliver the best health outcomes for patients across the continuum of care.

Banner recently announced the creation of an accountable care organization consisting of Banner- employed and affiliated physicians and hospitals in Arizona utilizing information technology and a team-based approach to providing care for patients. The Banner Health Network model focuses on wellness and improving patient care outcomes through better coordination and access to patient information.

Through the deployment of MEDSEEK’s enterprise digital health solutions, Banner will continue to provide a rich, personalized patient experience and broaden its health management initiatives through features such as home care through continuation of care documents, remote physician visits (or eVisits) and enhanced physician-patient communication.

To learn more about how MEDSEEK is helping Banner Health and other healthcare organizations meet the demands of healthcare reform, visit us in Las Vegas at HIMSS 2012, exhibit # 1345 or visit http://www.medseek.com/HIMSS.

ABOUT Banner Health
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner has 23 facilities that offer an array of services including hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories, rehabilitation services. These facilities are located in seven states--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming. Banner Health was recently recognized as a Top 5 Large Health System in the nation for clinical excellence by Thomson Reuters.

About MEDSEEK
Since 1996, MEDSEEK has focused exclusively on creating a 360-degree optimal eHealth experience for patients, clinicians and administrative staff by removing traditional integration and communication barriers, workflow roadblocks and redundant processes. MEDSEEK solutions and predictive analytics from REACH3, a MEDSEEK company, enable hospitals to execute enterprise-wide strategic objectives by improving quality of care, uncovering new sources of revenue and generating meaningful loyalty among physicians and patients with a low-risk, high-return investment that leverages existing IT investments and infrastructure. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 1.888.MEDSEEK.

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