Boston-based Partners HealthCare and Salt Lake City, Utah-based healthcare data warehousing and analytics vendor Health Catalyst have collaborated on a $30 million population health management (PHM) strategic initiative.
The initiative will enable the development and testing of innovative PHM strategies at Partners, a hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and, in collaboration with Health Catalyst, facilitate the transfer of the knowledge generated to other healthcare providers, officials of the organizations say.
The new, expanded agreement between Partners HealthCare and Health Catalyst includes four major elements:
- Health Catalyst and Partners HealthCare will collaborate through the creation of a new Partners HealthCare Center for Population Health. The Center will train Health Catalyst and Partners HealthCare clinical and administrative teams in best practices for care management and population health, building on the knowledge base that enabled Partners HealthCare to save $40 million in providing care to the seniors as part of the federal government's Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) from 2012 to 2014.
- Health Catalyst is licensing technology, content and analytics innovations that Partners HealthCare, the Massachusetts General Physician Organization and the Brigham and Women's Physician Organization developed as part of its care management and population health management programs. Health Catalyst intends to commercialize these innovations to further enhance Partners HealthCare's population health and care management programs, and to benefit other health systems in their care management and population health initiatives.
- Partners HealthCare has signed an expanded enterprise-wide technology subscription agreement, giving it access to Health Catalyst's full suite of technology solutions to accelerate outcomes improvement.
- Partners HealthCare is increasing its equity ownership stake in Health Catalyst, after first investing in the company in 2013.
"This agreement with Health Catalyst and our new Center for Population Health will accelerate our care management program and improve outcomes for Partners HealthCare patients, as well as provide the infrastructure and knowledge base for broader outcomes transformation both here and across the country," Timothy G. Ferris, M.D., senior vice president of population health management for Partners HealthCare, who will lead the new Center of Population Health. "We have made significant progress with population health and care management over the past decade, including using Health Catalyst technology and services over the past few years, and we now believe we can take our efforts to the next level by further leveraging the experience and know-how of both organizations."