|By Business Wire||
|June 20, 2014 10:22 AM EDT||
Valence Health, a leading provider of clinical integration, population health and value-based care solutions, today announced it was selected by Centegra Health & Wellness Network (CHWN) to provide infrastructure and support for its clinically integrated network (CIN). As the largest physician hospital organization (PHO) in Northwest Illinois, CHWN seeks to enhance the quality and efficiency of health care delivered to the patients served by the Centegra owned hospitals, employed physicians and its affiliated health care providers.
CINs are designed to align health care providers under a common legal structure, allowing them to more effectively coordinate and deliver services focused on quality, performance, efficiency and value to patients. The foundation of CINs consists of the acceptance of common care guidelines, data sharing and performance tracking of providers and patients against these agreed upon guidelines. Having a robust health information technology solution to meet these requirements is a key component for ensuring successful clinical integration.
“Our physicians, hospitals, specialty care centers and ancillary service providers have a long history of providing excellent care,” said Jeff Schmidt, Senior Vice President, Clinical Integration & Payer Strategies for CHWN. “Partnering with Valence Health will accelerate and enable our ability to support our integrated network by delivering better population health management services and programs to our patients in the most cost-effective manner possible. As we advance our population health efforts and expand our health insurance contracting, we need a proven partner like Valence Health.”
Under the agreement, Valence will provide CHWN with the Valence Health Vision™ technology solution. The Vision™ solution will combine data from CHWN physician members’ practice management and electronic medical records systems, together with data from hospital information systems, lab systems, prescription drug information and other data sources, to provide a comprehensive clinical view of patient care. Once operational, the system will allow care providers and coordinators to identify patient populations based on combinations of clinical information such as conditions, gaps in care, lab results and more.
In addition to supporting CHWN’s clinically integrated network, Valence will also support CHWN’s fully delegated professional risk contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Under the agreement, Valence will provide management services for CHWN and perform claims administration, eligibility maintenance, utilization management and quality improvement projects that will impact approximately 4,600 Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO members.
Finally, as part of CHWN’s desire to further improve the health of Northwest Illinois residents, CHWN also announced plans to pursue a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) contract later this summer. If awarded this MSSP contract, CHWN could coordinate care for an estimated 15,000 Medicare eligible individuals after January 1, 2015. The signed partnership anticipates that Valence would support CHWN’s participation in the MSSP effort.
“Centegra Health and Wellness Network is a leader in its community, representing providers who have consistently delivered quality care to Northwest Illinois residents. They clearly understand the challenges created by rapidly evolving care and payment models and have made the decision to invest in the technology, processes and people to improve the overall health of their community,” said Dr. Nathan Gunn, President of Valence Health’s Population Health business unit. “We’re excited to provide a data platform, unified clinical information, actionable care and health plan services to CHWN providers and patients – helping maintain quality today, and setting the groundwork for more value-based contracts in the future.”
Centegra Health & Wellness Network (CHWN):
Centegra Health & Wellness Network (CHWN) is an association of more than 75 of the best primary care physicians and more than 300 of the top specialists in the region. CHWN provides members access to the largest physician network in McHenry County. This includes access to a wide range of conveniently located health services, from wellness and prevention to highly advanced treatments. CHWN is part of Centegra Health System. As the region’s leading health care provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 associates, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community.
About Valence Health:
Valence Health is a leading provider of value-based care solutions, helping hospitals, health systems and physicians better manage their patient populations and accept financial responsibility for the quality of the care they provide. With unique data collection and analytics solutions, Valence Health serves dozens of clients from physician groups to standalone hospitals to large IDNs. From risk-based contracting to accountable care organizations (ACOs) to administering provider-sponsored health plans, Valence has been helping providers since 1996. Headquartered in Chicago, with three other office locations, Valence Health serves more than 30,000 physicians and 120 hospitals, helping them manage the health of 15 million patients nationwide. Follow Valence Health on LinkedIn and Twitter.
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
Jul. 29, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,660
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his session at Cloud Expo, Alex Gorbachev, President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., shared foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as the design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage co...
Jul. 29, 2015 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,718
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, explained the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is rele...
Jul. 28, 2015 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,349
"We got started as search consultants. On the services side of the business we have help organizations save time and save money when they hit issues that everyone more or less hits when their data grows," noted Otis Gospodnetić, Founder of Sematext, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 28, 2015 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,002
"We've just seen a huge influx of new partners coming into our ecosystem, and partners building unique offerings on top of our API set," explained Seth Bostock, Chief Executive Officer at IndependenceIT, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 28, 2015 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 582
Learn how to solve the problem of keeping files in sync between multiple Docker containers. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Aaron Brongersma, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Modulus, discussed using rsync, GlusterFS, EBS and Bit Torrent Sync. He broke down the tools that are needed to help create a seamless user experience. In the end, can we have an environment where we can easily move Docker containers, servers, and volumes without impacting our applications? He shared his results so yo...
Jul. 28, 2015 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 713
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Jul. 28, 2015 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,370
Chuck Piluso presented a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. Prior to Secure Infrastructure and Services, Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Piluso served as chairman & founder of International Te...
Jul. 28, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 252
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world...
Jul. 28, 2015 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,751
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Jul. 28, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 215
Public Cloud IaaS started its life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adop...
Jul. 28, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,181
How do you securely enable access to your applications in AWS without exposing any attack surfaces? The answer is usually very complicated because application environments morph over time in response to growing requirements from your employee base, your partners and your customers. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Haseeb Budhani, CEO and Co-founder of Soha, shared five common approaches that DevOps teams follow to secure access to applications deployed in AWS, Azure, etc., and the friction an...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 484
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 171
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,061
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Jul. 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 458