Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
Explorys announced today that Iowa Health System (IHS) has joined the Explorys network to support their Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives and overall mission of delivering the “Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time."
IHS recognizes the need to leverage their data to deliver evidence-based care that will allow for effective care coordination, improved quality outcomes, and cost-effective care delivery. IHS recently implemented Iowa’s first commercial health plan ACO in collaboration with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. In addition, two IHS affiliates were selected to participate in the Pioneer ACO, a transformative initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center. “The partnership with Explorys is a critical part of our integrated data strategy to support our transformation in health care delivery,” says Kathleen Cunningham, Executive Director, IHS Accountable Care Strategies. “This partnership will allow us to aggregate, analyze, and research our clinical, operational, and financial data across our Integrated Care Organization and care delivery system.”
“IHS has been recognized as a leader in the innovation of care delivery. We are excited to partner with them as they lead transformations that will be critical to shaping the future of health care,” said Explorys CEO, Stephen McHale. IHS is leveraging the Explorys secure cloud-computing data platform, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) software applications, and informatics for population management, risk mitigation, and quality and performance measurement and management. “Explorys’ innovative technology supports our focus on a value-based care delivery system that provides the highest quality of care in a coordinated effort across the continuum,” said IHS CIO and Vice President, Joy Grosser.
About Iowa Health System
IHS has relationships with 26 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and more than 200 physician clinics. With annual revenues of $2.8 billion, IHS entities provide patient care in Illinois and Iowa and employ greater than 24,000 employees.
IHS has organized Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS’s) in the communities served. These IDS’s consist of aligned physicians and other providers in the regions including these hospitals: Iowa Health-Des Moines (Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children’s Hospital, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital); Allen Memorial Hospital (Waterloo, Iowa); The Finley Hospital (Dubuque, Iowa); St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center (Sioux City, Iowa); St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Trinity Regional Medical Center (Fort Dodge, Iowa); Trinity Medical Center (Rock Island, Illinois); The Methodist Medical Center of Illinois (Peoria, Illinois), and Iowa Physicians Clinic Medical Foundation doing business as Iowa Health Physicians and Clinics.
Over the years, IHS hospitals have received national recognition for quality, service and patient satisfaction, including the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, Top 100 Heart Hospital designation, HealthGrades Patient Safety Award, Gold Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence, and more. IHS entities also include four accredited colleges of nursing and/or allied health fields and approximately 800 employed physicians.
For more information visit http://www.ihs.org.
Founded in 2009, Explorys provides the first secure cloud-computing Enterprise Performance Management for Healthcare powered by BIG DATA. The rising costs of healthcare and the need for better outcomes are driving leading healthcare providers to more effectively leverage their data to improve quality, patient satisfaction, and support Medical Home and Accountable Care (ACO) models.
For more information, visit http://www.explorys.com.