Sage Adds Population Management Tool to Help Providers Improve Care, Lower Costs
MEDSEEK Navigate technology aggregates, stratifies patient data to develop effective plans
ROCKFORD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sage Technologies Co., an independent, trusted expert in ACO implementation, is partnering with MEDSEEK, a patient engagement platform developer, to offer a new comprehensive care management solution, Navigate. The technology enhances Sage’s ability to help providers successfully adapt to the emerging outcomes-based reimbursement models, holding down costs while also improving care.
“Sage’s customer base of providers will find Navigate to be a useful tool for helping them adapt to and succeed in a changing health care marketplace.”
Navigate is a cloud-based population health and behavioral change platform that enables providers to integrate patient data from multiple clinical and financial systems, and to explore the data according to any combination of variables. Using both industry-standard and customized risk assessment models, providers can identify low-risk, rising-risk and high-risk patients.
Navigate then generates goal-based care plans for individual patients, and provides intuitive dashboards and workflow tools to care managers. These help care managers engage patients in better self-management and close gaps in care, ensuring that patients get the right test and treatments, when they need them. This both improves patient outcomes and, ultimately, bends the cost curve.
“Hospitals, doctors and physician networks have more patient data coming at them than ever before, all of it theoretically meant to help improve care and hold down costs, but the reality is that the amount of data from different sources is overwhelming. The challenge facing providers is organizing and making sense of it,” said Brian Croegaert, Chief Executive Officer of Sage.
“MEDSEEK Navigate gives us a powerful integration and management tool that lets providers truly see the data and translate it into effective care management plans so that they can reach people who might not even realize they are at risk. The whole point is to get patients actively involved in their care and to improve the care they receive,” Croegaert added.
For example, Navigate distinguishes between a patient with diabetes who is at low risk (someone who is moderately active with a controlled weight) from someone who is at high or rising risk (someone with additional complications such as high blood pressure or who has gone to the emergency room within the past six months.)
Both groups need A1c blood tests every six months to monitor how well their diabetes is being controlled, but their care plans would involve different intervention intensity. The low-risk individual might receive an email reminder if s/he hasn’t had the test in more than six months. The higher-risk individual might get a secure message and a phone call or even a visit from a care manager. Navigate helps care managers use their time more efficiently and helps patients avoid the use of high cost resources such as visits to the emergency room.
Croegaert added that the tool would be particularly useful for the annual wellness visit and five-year care plan that Medicare now requires.
Navigate can also incorporate non health care-related data about patients, such as whether they have Internet access or their own transportation, information that enhances health care providers’ interactions with patients to create better outcomes.
“Sage Technologies is a unique organization with the same passion for enhancing patient and population health as MEDSEEK, and we’re excited to be working with them,” said Peter Kuhn, Chief Executive Officer of MEDSEEK. “Sage’s customer base of providers will find Navigate to be a useful tool for helping them adapt to and succeed in a changing health care marketplace.”
Since 1996, MEDSEEK has focused exclusively on building software to help hospitals and health systems virtually influence prospects and patients before and after a physical encounter. Today, the MEDSEEK Influence platform integrates web, mobile, social, predictive analytics and relationship management solutions to help organizations drive profitable volume, improve individual and population health, increase patient satisfaction and create lasting health-related loyalty. Birmingham, AL-based MEDSEEK is proud to serve more than 200 customers representing over 1,000 hospitals including many of the top hospital systems in the United States and Canada. For more information visit medseek.com.
About Sage Technologies
Since 1999, Sage has been a leader in the managed services and operations space for Illinois-based clients and insurance companies who have shared financial risk and managed quality of care. With a leadership team having more than three decades of health care service industry experience, Sage is a trusted, proven expert in ACO implementation.
Located in Rockford, Ill., Sage’s clients are from different health care models, including large integrated health systems, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and rural and urban Physician-Hospital Organizations (PHOs) and insurance companies.
For more information, visit usesage.com.