Issue 8, September 23, 2021
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
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AdventHealth Expands Behavioral Health Access in Primary Care Setting
AdventHealth, a nine-state health system, is taking innovative steps to integrate behavioral health services into the primary care setting. At care sites in Tampa, FL and Hendersonville, NC, AdventHealth's primary care physicians are working in collaboration with Concert Health, a leading behavioral health medical group, to provide an integrated approach to improving mental and physical health.
At the two locations, AdventHealth's primary care physicians can connect patients with Concert Health's remotely located behavioral healthcare managers. These specialists provide therapy, develop a behavioral health plan for each patient, and serve as a liaison to both Concert Health's psychiatric consultants and the primary care physician to collaboratively review patient progress and make adjustments to care. The primary care physician also prescribes medication recommended by the behavioral healthcare team.
"We are facing a mental health crisis. Our providers are seeing patients of all ages who are struggling with anxiety and depression and often don't know where to turn. For some, there is a stigma associated with seeking help, for others there can be barriers to access," said Penny Johnson, president and CEO for the Southwest Region of AdventHealth. Kelly Singer, M.D., director of physician quality for AdventHealth Hendersonville said, "Patients visibly relax with relief as the learn behavioral health professionals practice withing the same location." AdventHealth (a Healthcare Leadership Council member) said it will bring these integrated serves to additional sites over the next several months.
Medtronic, Vizient Collaborating to Address Care Disparities Associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Medtronic and Vizient (both Healthcare Leadership Council members) are collaborating in a pilot program with software provider Mpirik to address disparities in care associated with the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. Medtronic-sponsored research has shown that patients who are medically indicated for implantable heart devices often do not receive them, and that there are disparities tied to gender and race.
The pilot program aims to identify patients at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Mpirik's artificial intelligence platform will screen electronic health records data at five hospitals - including three that are members of Vizient, a healthcare performance improvement organization - to spot patients, regardless of race or gender, who meet prespecified clinical criteria for being at risk for the condition.
Kwell P. Thompson, M.D., with the Cardiovascular Portfolio at Medtronic, said, "This pilot program offers an innovative and scalable method to use real-world clinical data - and more sophisticated approaches than traditional manual chart reviews - enabling earlier, appropriate care for at-risk patients, while also improving quality and reducing potential disparities." Doug Beinborn, associate principal at Vizient, said, "Collectively, our organizations are aligning around a program using artificial intelligence to quickly identify at-risk patients based on multiple clinical factors."