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Penn Medicine sets alliance with two Catholic hospitals


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The University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine) has announced an alliance with with two Trinity Health (a Catholic hospital chain) hospitals to expand access to care and develop clinical programs in cancer care, cardiology and surgical services in Greater Philadelphia.

One major part of the agreement (whose financial details weren’t disclosed) is for  patients at Mercy and St. Mary hospitals to get improved access to tertiary and quaternary care.

The alliance will let Penn Medicine  extend more routine care closer to patients’ homes while they continue to be able  to use Penn Medicine for complex and specialty care.

FierceHealthcare noted the arrangement is part of  “a recent trend which has seen providers eschewing mergers in favor of collaborative efforts. For example, Ascension Health recently walked away from a proposed merger with Providence St. Joseph Health in favor of a strategic overhaul seeking lower-cost ways to manage the increased risk hospital systems are required to take on due to the industry’s shift toward value-based payment models.”

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Firm focused on post-hospitalization gets a big customer

Read how Aidin, a health IT company focused on supporting hospital discharge, has added its 50th hospital customer: Lancaster  (Penn.) General Hospital. The 663-bed hospital is the first institution it is working with in the expanding University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Med City News reports that Aidin’s “approach is to make the process of discharging patient from hospitals to post-acute care providers easier and customized to patient needs. Its Software as a Service uses automation to make the process more efficient but the company also aims to help insurers keep patients within their payer’s provider network.”

Bundled payments give hospitals even more of an incentive to work with technology companies, such as  Aidin, to reduce the risk of rehospitalization.

John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, said:

“Our system ensures that patients get to the highest quality [post-acute] providers in those regions we serve. The big thing for us is we focus on creating competition for patient choice. Post-acute care providers are having to improve quality as increased competition improves the market,” he told MedCity News.

“Consolidation has reduced the number of companies shaping this health IT segment. Boston-based CarePort Health was acquired by Allscripts in October, focused on post-acute outcomes management by guiding patients to select care that best fits their needs, a management system with data and alerts; and an analytics component to evaluate performance of post-acute providers and patient outcomes.  In 2015, Cardinal Health subsidiary naviHealth acquired RightCare Solutions,” the news service reported.


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Studying social media to find patient-engagement gaps


FierceHealthcare reports on how researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Health System see social-media platforms  such as Yelp as helping to identify patient-engagement gaps and  to offer insights into improving the hospital experience for  patients and caregivers.

“Since 2013, Raina Merchant, M.D., has led efforts to explore social media data through Penn Medicine’s Social Media Laboratory. Last week, she was named director of the Center for Digital Health, a newly created research arm of the health system undertaking broader efforts to explore social media data,” FierceHealthcare reported.

“Under her direction, researchers at the Center for Digital Health will pull data from Facebook, Yelp, Instagram and other online sites to better understand how patients interact with the health system, and what clinicians can do to improve that experience.”

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