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Health First Network and MED3OOO Proactively Manage Patient Care

4/19/07

(PITTSBURGH) MED3OOO, Inc., a national healthcare management and technology company, recently purchased the Trizetto Facets e2 enterprise software and Clinical CareAdvance™ care management module to enhance population health management initiatives with its IPA and health plan clients.  MED3OOO will be deploying these initially with Health First Network in Pensacola, FL.  The Population Health Management Initiatives will help the IPA to identify patients at risk for advanced disease and multiple morbid conditions, improving the patient's health status and adherence to standards of care while reducing healthcare expenses and further improving the quality of care delivered in the network.

Health First Network (HFN) is committed to managing the health of the population they serve by providing the right intervention(s) to the right patients at the right time, and MED3OOO is providing the management and technology for this proactive approach to healthcare. MED3OOO has designed a Population Health Management program for HFN that includes disease management, case management, and, most recently, predictive modeling.Through tools like MEDai¡'s medical intelligence, which uses predictive modeling to identify patients at risk, and Trizetto's Clinical CareAdvance software to help better manage and coordinate the patient care, the IPA expects to see significant results.

"We have found that by proactively treating patients at risk for multiple conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, our physicians can better manage the conditions, reduce the chance of additional episodes, and minimize the costs associated with these escalating diseases," commented Charles Brewer, Executive Director of Health First Network.Through risk reduction interventions tailored to the patient's unique situation, we intentionally seek to reduce the patient's level of risk and corresponding expense. So far, we have seen reductions in emergency room and neo-natal care utilization that have contributed to a reduction in cost for our Medicaid population."

"The challenge in healthcare is to identify the disproportionately small number of patients that will become ill and assist them in the care process before the illness escalates out of control, resulting in adverse clinical and financial outcomes," commented Paul McLeod, M.D., MED3OOO Chief Medical Executive. "With coordination of care delivery across a population to improve clinical and financial outcomes, IPAs like Health First Network are using a proactive method of patient care and will be rewarded for their efforts."

Health First Network has begun using the MEDai predictive modeling software and will now be better able to intervene and coordinate care with the new integrated Clinic Care/Advance component for their Population Health Management program.

"We are seeing a trend towards population-based care," said Bruce Swartz, MED3OOO's Executive VP of Network Services. "This revolutionary approach is resulting in healthier patients, reduced hospitalizations, better care, and more manageable caseloads.  Our Population Health Management technology is giving our IPA clients an edge in improving patient care and financial outcomes."

About MED3OOO
MED3OOO, a leader in healthcare management, information management and technology, advances the performance of medical practices and physician networks.Focused on the provision of Evidence-Based Management and Evidence-Based Medicine, MED3OOO empowers over 7,500 physician, hospital, and health system clients across the United States.For more information, please contact Karla Sartori, MED3OOO Corporate Marketing Manager at 412-937-8887 or Karla_Sartori@MED3000.com.

 

About Health First Network
Health First Network is an Independent Physicians Association (IPA) that offers patients access to a team of nearly 600 of the finest, board-certified doctors in Northwest Florida. Their primary care physicians and specialists provide quality and compassionate health care to patients in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties in the Florida panhandle region.