DisposeRx Engages Amendola for Strategic PR, Content, Social Media and Marketing Strategy and Services

Healthcare agency to elevate PR and marketing program for drug disposal company

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 11, 2019 – Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and health IT public relations and marketing firm, announced today that DisposeRx, Inc., has hired the agency to provide strategic PR and marketing services, including media relations, content creation, marketing materials and social media.

DisposeRx, based in Sanford, NC, is committed to the eradication of leftover medications through its innovative, at-home technology. Through its proprietary blend of FDA-approved materials, DisposeRx provides an eco-friendly, site-of-use solution for the disposal of unused medications, meaning a drug can be safely, quickly and efficiently neutralized and disposed of wherever leftover drugs are kept, including the home medicine cabinet. The ability to bring the solution to the problem of leftover medications is especially important for opioids and other prescription drugs, which can lead to accidental poisonings—especially in children—and to drug diversion, abuse and death.

When water and the DisposeRx powder are added to medications in a pill bottle and shaken, the drugs dissolve and a gel is formed, rendering the medications unavailable and unusable; the contents can then be thrown away in the household trash, reducing diversion, exposure and harm. This is the only site-of-use disposal method that uses a government-approved prescription vial with a child-resistant closure to capture the drugs and is eco-friendly when discarded.

As John Holaday, PhD, chairman, founder and CEO of DisposeRx says: “Because the powder and water are added to the prescription vial itself, as the leftover pills dissolve, they become part of the gel solution.” Compared to current suggested disposal guidelines, DisposeRx’s packets are met with the highest level of customer satisfaction. DisposeRx is available with opioid prescriptions free-of-charge at leading pharmacies across the United States.

Dr. Holaday says he and DisposeRx leadership decided to work with the Amendola team because of their deep expertise and contacts in healthcare, as well as their understanding of the societal significance of DisposeRx as an extremely important disposal mechanism. “As a nation, we are all extremely concerned about the after-effects of prescriptions that are left in medicine cabinets and can be diverted, contributing to the opioid epidemic and other societal and public health problems,” Dr. Holaday said. “Our mission is to educate consumers about the need for proper leftover medication management, and Amendola is our strategic weapon in reaching decision-makers and influencers quickly, as well as helping us accelerate our continued growth. With our efforts and Amendola’s support, we can tackle the major issue of eco-friendly, at-home, site-of-use disposal, and shed light on the tragic consequences of drug diversion and the environmental consequences of improperly disposing of leftover medications.”

Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola, said that the agency is focusing on advancing DisposeRx’s important mission to educate stakeholders such as retail pharmacists, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers and healthcare providers about practical, convenient, cost-effective and safe medication disposal. “Increasing the adoption of DisposeRx packets can decrease the potential misuse of leftover drugs, including accidental poisonings, overdoses and death,” she said. “Our public relations and marketing programs will directly address the question, ‘What do I do with my unused medications to prevent misuse, while also protecting the environment?’”

Amendola is implementing a comprehensive media relations plan that will include aggressive media relations to showcase the results of DisposeRx’s innovation, partnerships and social responsibility and community involvement. A multi-pronged communications approach will include press releases and media engagement; bylined thought leadership articles; and speaking engagements and awards to position DisposeRx as subject matter experts and thought leaders. In addition, Amendola will manage multi-media, interactive marketing activities to fuel DisposeRx’s adoption and lead generation.

About DisposeRx Packets

DisposeRx packets contain a blend of proprietary solidifying materials that provide an at-home, site-of-use solution for the neutralization and eco-friendly disposal of unused medications. When water and DisposeRx powder are added to drugs in a prescription vial and shaken, the drugs are chemically and physically sequestered in a viscous polymer gel. DisposeRx is made of materials that are FDA approved for oral medications. For more information and to order DisposeRx packets, please visit our website at: https://disposerx.com/

About DisposeRx, Inc.

Located in North Carolina, DisposeRx, Inc. is a drug disposal company with a mission to eradicate the misuse of unused medications through innovative at-home, site-of-use technology. The company is spearheading programs to educate consumers and communities about at-home, site-of-use medication disposal solutions to prevent drug addiction and poisonings, overdoses and deaths. DisposeRx’s easy-to-use disposal solution empowers users to secure a healthier home by facilitating the efficient disposal of unwanted medications.

Media Contact:

Tara Stultz
Amendola Communications
440.225.9595
tstultz@acmarketing.com

 

Amendola Communications Expands Marketing and Communications Team, Appointing Stacy State as Senior Account Director  

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 29, 2019—Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare IT public relations and marketing agency, announced today that Stacy State has joined the team as a senior account director. State will create and manage integrated marketing and communications programs, develop lead-generation initiatives, provide strategic counsel, and tell clients’ stories to targeted audiences by leveraging media relations and influencer relationships and strategies.

Stacy State

State brings nearly 20 years of marketing and product development experience across several healthcare verticals including providers, payers and health IT platform vendors. Having held marketing leadership roles at healthcare companies such as Humana and ZirMed (now Waystar), she has a proven track record of driving growth through lead generation strategies; developing and executing strategic communications and marketing programs; and leveraging PR and innovative digital strategies to transform brands.

“Amendola has a stellar reputation in the industry, and I’m excited to join an award-winning team of healthcare and health IT experts committed to the success and growth of our clients,” State said.

The agency’s CEO Jodi Amendola said clients will benefit from State’s marketing expertise as well as her ability to advance PR strategies to drive tangible business results for healthcare innovators, ranging from start-ups to mid-size and Fortune 100 companies. “Stacy’s deep knowledge of the healthcare industry ecosystem and extensive experience leading marketing strategies will allow her to bring immediate positive results for our clients,” Amendola said.

Prior to Amendola, State held the role of director of marketing for Advantum Health, a billing services company focused on physician and hospital billing. At Advantum, she served on the executive leadership team, creating a new brand for the company and guiding them through three strategic acquisitions.

Before that, State served as the director of enterprise marketing for ZirMed, a revenue cycle management company. State played an integral role in introducing ZirMed to the hospital and health system market and increasing year-over-year revenue bookings by millions of dollars. At Humana, she led initiatives that included new product development, mergers and acquisitions, clinical program communications, and customer messaging and engagement.

State earned her MBA from Indiana University and her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky.

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

Air Methods Engages Amendola for Full-Service PR, Content, Marketing & Digital Strategy and Execution

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 7, 2019 – Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and health IT public relations and marketing agency, has announced it has been selected as the outsourced marketing and PR partner for Air Methods, the leading air medical services provider that delivers lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year.

Amendola will elevate Air Methods’ position within the industry through a broad range of integrated PR, media relations, digital marketing, crisis planning, messaging and content development services. Through the engagement, Amendola will develop and execute a holistic plan that educates the healthcare and aviation markets on Air Methods’ offerings. The program also will showcase stories of how Air Methods saves lives by delivering high-quality “critical care in the air” and transport for trauma and emergency medical situations.

“We conducted an agency search and it was clear that Amendola would provide the strategic guidance and tactical execution we needed,” said JaeLynn Williams, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Air Methods. “Amendola is hands down the best integrated healthcare PR and marketing partner we could have imagined! They have executed beyond expectations and have quickly elevated our positioning among healthcare providers, insurers and most importantly, patients, demonstrating our vital role within the healthcare continuum.”

Williams added, “Amendola’s broad healthcare industry expertise, along with their strongly established media relationships, will ensure that all stakeholders have a clear view of how crucial air medical services are to millions of Americans, and how Air Methods leads our industry in care quality, safety and patient advocacy.”

Founded in 1980 with one helicopter and a single hospital contract, Air Methods has grown to the largest air medical service provider in the country, with more than 300 bases serving 48 states. Today, Air Methods is an essential healthcare service in rural areas where 85 million Americans are within an hour of critical care facilities only if transported by air.

Amendola will promote Air Methods through numerous PR and content development programs, supported by Amendola’s top-tier industry and media relations. The agency will work with Air Methods to enlighten providers, payers and patients about Air Methods’ critical care value proposition through a broad range of targeted content, drawing on Amendola’s deep industry knowledge and diverse media relationships in healthcare, business and consumer media. Amendola also will be responsible for delivering a range of content demonstrating the thought leadership and expertise of Air Methods leaders and highlighting examples of the many patient lives that have been saved thanks to its skilled and experienced air medical professionals.

“Air Methods’ story of lifesaving and innovative emergency medical care is inspiring,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola Communications. “We value their trusted partnership and are excited to share their story as well as insight from Air Methods’ leaders with more providers, insurers and consumers across a spectrum of media outlets, social and digital platforms.”

About Air Methods

Air Methods (www.airmethods.com) is the leading air medical provider, delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft is the Company’s products division specializing in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features more than 450 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Marketing and PR Programs Ready for Summer

Healthcare IT public relations agency Amendola Communications offers three ideas to help keep marketing and PR programs filled with energy and enthusiasm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 24, 2019—As we near the end of spring, we’re reminded that vacation season is just around the corner. But while we firmly believe busy marketers and PR professionals deserve plenty of fun in the sun, we know that a good communications strategy never takes a day off.

That’s why Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing agency, offers three suggested posts from its blog to keep your PR programs fresh, vital and effective–even during the laziest days of summer. (To receive more tips like these from more than a dozen of the agency’s experts, be sure to subscribe to the blog today.)

Take a holistic approach to your content strategy

We’ve all heard that these days content is king. But all too often organizations focus more on delivering a high volume of content rather than whether that content will actually help them achieve their business objectives. The best results come when organizations build cohesive, holistic campaigns based on well-defined strategies instead of posting individual pieces on whatever happens to capture their interest that day. Read the full post here.

Make the most of your professional PR writer

Speaking of content, once the holistic strategy is in place, it’s time to start getting the organization’s subject matter experts together with the writer who will help them turn their expertise into PR gold. While it can be difficult for these experts (especially those at the executive level) to think about adding a call with a writer to their already busy schedules, the rewards are great if those calls are approached correctly. Here are five tips to assure everyone is happy with the process – and the outcome.

Follow these tips for a terrific media interview—every time

After doing a few successful media interviews it can be easy for busy executives to fall into the trap of feeling like they don’t need to do much to prepare anymore. But interview opportunities are like snowflakes. Each has its own unique characteristics that can throw even the most experienced veterans off-message if they’re not ready. This blog post explains some of the basics interviewees should do every time to optimize every media conversation—and to make sure that they don’t inadvertently say something they don’t want to see in a media outlet.

Amendola’s blog covers all things public relations and marketing. A go-to source for communications professionals, the blog publishes on a weekly basis and features subject matter experts in every aspect of publicizing and marketing healthcare technology companies.

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes, Amendola Communications, 480.664.8412 ext. 15 / mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

 

Holon Solutions Taps Amendola to Advance its Standing as the Leading Liberator of Healthcare Data

Healthcare PR agency to expand Holon’s reach through media relations and marketing 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 16, 2019 – Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing firm, announced today that Holon Solutions has chosen Amendola as its primary agency of record. This partnership for media relations and PR will support Holon as they work to bring true interoperability to the healthcare space.

Holon Solutions, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, is leading the industry in data liberation, leveraging technology to surface data from any electronic health record (EHR) or third-party solution and bring those insights directly to the point of care.

Julie Mann, Chief Commercial Officer, Holon Solutions noted that Amendola’s work with other health IT leaders made for a natural partnership: “Holon’s technology works with virtually any EHR or data repository, unlocking data to support providers as they work to bring better care to patients. Because of the experience Amendola has working in this space, they genuinely understand the importance of bringing an interoperability standard to the industry. We’re excited to have their help as we work to spread our message and expand the adoption of our vendor-agnostic solution.”

“Holon Solutions is solving an important problem that has been plaguing the healthcare space for far too long. Their technology genuinely has a positive impact on patient care through improved data access,” said agency CEO Jodi Amendola. “We are pleased to help them expand their industry presence through advanced public relations. I genuinely believe in the Holon mission. It’s an honor to work with them, as they strive to free patient data from disparate systems that hinder effective analytics.”

As part of a comprehensive media relations plan, Amendola will secure placements that highlight the interoperability crisis and how Holon’s technology is solving the problem. In addition, a larger communications strategy will include press releases, contributed content, speaking engagements, and potential awards as Holon’s leadership and customers are positioned as industry thought leaders. Amendola will also be working with Holon to expand its marketing efforts, helping the company to reach new customers in need of data liberation that supports value-based care initiatives.

About Holon Solutions

Holon Solutions is a healthcare information technology company that liberates the data to liberate the care, putting the right information in front of the right people at the right time through our reimagined interoperability platform. Holon empowers risk-bearing organizations to optimize patient outcomes and financial performance by surfacing actionable, patient-specific insights directly to the point of care. Holon’s agnostic platform CollaborNet® surfaces contextual insights within the provider workflow, seamlessly shares clinical data from health plans and vendors, and automates documentation exchange and referrals across health communities independent of the technologies in play.  Our team of innovators is focused on removing the administrative burden from clinicians through our patented, sensor-based solutions.  We are grateful to be recognized by Healthcare Informatics as the “2018 Innovator of the Year for Value-Based Care.”

For more information about how Holon helps healthcare organizations fulfill the promise of value-based care, visit www.holonsolutions.com.

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Media Contact:

Linda Healan

Amendola Communications

404-725-7117

Lhealan@acmarketingpr.com

 

 

Amendola Appoints Seasoned Communications and Public Relations Leader Jennifer Cohen as Senior Account Director

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 2, 2019Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare technology public relations and marketing agency, announced today that Jennifer Cohen has joined the agency as senior account director. Cohen will create and manage client programs and initiatives, provide strategic counsel, and represent the agency’s healthcare/healthcare IT clients in front of media and digital influencers.

Jenn Cohen

Cohen brings to the agency nearly 15 years of experience building, managing and executing marketing, communication and PR programs. Having worked for companies such as Change Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare, Cohen has a wealth of experience leading high-performing teams; building and executing strategic communications and marketing programs; and leveraging PR and innovative digital strategies to transform and protect her clients’ brands.

Most recently Cohen held the role of corporate communications director for NextGen Healthcare, where she served as a C-suite advisor, guiding the executive leadership team through a brand transformation and two strategic acquisitions. Additionally, she led employee and client communications, public and media relations, and investor relations, ensuring relevant and consistent communications to both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to NextGen Healthcare, Cohen served as director of strategic product marketing and communications for Change Healthcare, one of the largest independent healthcare IT companies in the United States, servicing customers across the entire care continuum.

“Jenn brings a rich portfolio of skills and relevant experience developing comprehensive marketing, communication and PR strategies for companies of all sizes,” said the agency’s CEO Jodi Amendola. “Her deep understanding of the healthcare/HIT landscape and extensive experience leading M&A strategies will bring additional capabilities to the robust and diverse Amendola PR and marketing team.”Cohen holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and strategic media planning from Arizona State University.

Media Contact: Marcia Rhodes, 480.664.8412, ext. 15, mrhodes@ACmarketingPR.com

Central Logic Engages Amendola for Strategic PR and Marketing Strategy and Services

Healthcare agency to build thought leadership and share of voice for transfer center solutions company

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 19, 2019 – Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing firm, announced today that Central Logic has engaged the agency to provide strategic PR and marketing communications services.

Central Logic, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a leader in transfer center technology solutions. Its data-driven transfer center platform ensures patients get access to the right care without delay.

Central Logic CEO Angie Franks noted that the company’s people and products are key to the success of the transfer centers it works with. “The Amendola team understands not only our communications objectives, but also our commitment to driving better clinical outcomes for patients and delivering a financial ROI for our clients. We’re excited to work with them to spread that message.”

“Central Logic has an experienced leadership team with both business acumen and a deep appreciation of the challenges that providers and referring physicians face, especially when it comes to timely, safe and efficient patient transfers,” said agency CEO Jodi Amendola. “Increasing their share of voice in healthcare through thought leadership, content development and media placements isn’t just a PR win for Central Logic, it’s a win for all of the hospital and health system leaders who can learn from them.”

Amendola will create a comprehensive media relations plan that will include securing media placements to showcase the results Central Logic’s partnerships drive. A multi-pronged communications approach will include press releases and media pitches, contributed content, speaking engagements and awards to position the team as subject matter experts and thought leaders. In addition, Amendola will assist with videos and marketing activities to help with lead generation and sales enablement.

About Central Logic

For health systems, managing patient transfers is a life-saving endeavor. Central Logic is a pioneer in the space and was founded solely to support this mission. Our flexible, purpose-built solutions provide superior real-time visibility and unmatched business intelligence to optimize the operations of health system patient flow command centers. Clients count on Central Logic to deliver strong growth, find new ways to improve patient outcomes and make their operations more effective, today and into the future. Based in Utah, Central Logic is an industry leader with a 96% customer retention rate working to get patients the right care, at the right place, without delay. For more information, visit www.centrallogic.com.

Media Contact:

Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

Amendola Communications Adds Content Marketer and Healthcare IT Specialist as Senior Writer

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – March 12, 2019Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare technology public relations and marketing agency, announced today that Louie Holwerk has joined the agency as Senior Writer. An award-winning healthcare IT writer and content marketer, Holwerk will create a wide variety of PR and marketing materials for the agency’s healthcare/healthcare IT clients.

Holwerk’s specializations include revenue cycle management (RCM), healthcare predictive analytics, and industry and regulatory trends through the lens of how they impact providers, patients, and communities. Prior to joining Amendola, he led the strategic messaging, PR writing, and content marketing efforts at ZirMed, which subsequently merged with Navicure to form Waystar.

In addition to his healthcare IT experience, Holwerk held key communications roles at Groupon during its meteoric growth, and successfully steered strategic sales communications as the company shifted from an email- to a search-driven business. Most recently, he provided consulting services to early-stage startups as well as industrial manufacturing and specialty RCM firms. He began his career as a freelance writing and visual arts professional.

Agency CEO Jodi Amendola said: “Louie’s strong background in content marketing is the perfect complement to his health IT knowledgebase. Increasingly, our clients look to us to assist them in optimizing their content performance and marketing funnel while also conducting strategic, impactful PR activities. We’re excited to have him on board as part of the A-Team.”

“Having worked with Amendola on the client side, I’m thrilled to be joining a team of world-class marketing and PR professionals,” Holwerk said. “I’m also looking forward to working with Amendola’s clients—they’re changing the game in healthcare, and contributing to their storytelling and content-marketing efforts is a true honor.”

Holwerk holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned certificates in Folklore and Creative Writing. He holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Media Contact: Marcia Rhodes | 480.664.8412 x 15 | mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

 

VisiQuate Engages Amendola for Strategic PR, Marketing and Content Program

Award-winning health IT agency to elevate thought leadership for top healthcare business analytics solutions leader

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2019Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and health IT public relations and marketing agency, has been selected as the agency of record for VisiQuate, a leader in business analytics serving healthcare enterprises.

VisiQuate previously engaged Amendola to launch a successful media relations campaign, which drove the decision to expand the engagement. With the expanded program, Amendola will implement a broad range of PR, marketing and content strategies to generate awareness around VisiQuate’s healthcare business analytics solutions—including Ana, the industry’s first virtual Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer. VisiQuate’s solutions enable healthcare organizations to connect disparate data sources, automate complex business processes, and adopt artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to transform the way healthcare organizations use data to eliminate the waste involved with revenue cycle management.

“Healthcare technology solutions, when powered by AI and machine learning, is rapidly being recognized and welcomed across the industry,” said Brian Robertson, CEO of VisiQuate. “We chose to expand our existing partnership with Amendola due to their unmatched healthcare technology expertise, strategy and relationships that lead to high-value engagements with media, industry influencers and stakeholders across the healthcare continuum.”

“VisiQuate is shaking up healthcare analytics as we know it,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola. “From developing the industry’s first virtual Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer to their solutions focused on improving cash flow while also improving patient outcomes, their contributions are allowing clinicians to focus on delivering quality care rather than time-intensive administrative burdens. We look forward to a strong continued partnership with VisiQuate to build thought leadership, drive awareness and deliver measurable results.”

Amendola will create and execute a comprehensive, strategic plan that will include securing trade and national media placements to showcase the strong outcomes revenue cycle professionals have had when working with VisiQuate. Press releases and contributed content will position the team as thought leaders, while speaking opportunities and awards will continue to showcase the innovative and disruptive work being done to improve patient outcomes through the use of better business intelligence.

About VisiQuate

VisiQuate is an expert managed service that helps clients achieve peak business health. With advanced AI capabilities, VisiQuate integrates complex data and presents it as role-personalized insights and actionable workflows. Root causes, trends, and opportunities become clear, leading to real-world results. VisiQuate’s virtual AI assistant, Ana, is informed by the experience of industry leaders and delivers reports within seconds of being asked, suggesting next steps that yield greater value. To learn more, visit www.visiquate.com.

Media Contact:
Jenn Cohen
Amendola Communications

404.759.3933
jcohen@acmarketingpr.com

HIMSS19 Educational Session Recommendations from Amendola, Healthcare IT’s Top PR/Marketing Agency

Clients’ technologies to shine brightly at largest health IT event of the year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Feb. 6, 2019 — Innovative technologies from Amendola health IT clients will be highlighted in a number of key educational sessions presented by the clients’ end users at HIMSS19, which takes place Feb. 11−15, 2019, in Orlando.

“This year marks Amendola’s 15th anniversary and the 15th consecutive year that our agency will have a presence at HIMSS,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of the award-winning healthcare and health IT marketing and public relations agency. “It’s been amazing to see how much the conference has grown in the nearly 20 years I’ve been attending—and gratifying to see the tangible results that healthcare organizations are realizing from our clients’ technologies, which will be highlighted in these presentations.”

The speakers, who in a few of the sessions are joined by the technology vendors as co-presenters, will explain how they have overcome some of the biggest healthcare challenges of today by leveraging solutions from Amendola clients, including Alliance for Better Health, Arcadia.io, Ayasdi, Bernoulli, Health Catalyst, Medicomp Systems, Recondo Technology, SAP, SCIO Health Analytics, VisitPay, Vivify Health and Vocera.

Accountable Care Organizations

Predictive Analytics for Data-Driven Care Management – Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), a leading, value-based accountable care organization participating in five risk-based contracts, will discuss how to leverage predictive analytics to identify patients most likely to benefit from care coordination. Details: Presented by Sarika Aggarwal, MD, MHCM, Chief Medical Officer of BIDCO, and Bill Gillis, MS, Chief Information Officer; 2:30−3:30 pm Wed. Feb. 13, Room W208C. Highlights technology from Arcadia.io.

Building a Quality-Driven Narrow SNF Network – CareMount ACO, a physician-owned multispecialty medical group participating as a Medicare Next Generation ACO in the Hudson Valley, will explain how it leveraged a population health platform to aggregate data needed to develop a narrow Preferred Provider Network of skilled nursing facilities, home health and other ancillary providers. Details: Presented by Peter Kelly, MBA, Executive Director of CareMount ACO, and Richard Morel, MD, MMM, FCAP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer; 11:30 am−12:30 pm Wed. Feb. 13, Room W315A. Highlights technology from Arcadia.io.

AI and Machine Learning

Cloud Analytics: A Fast Lane to Enable Real-World Evidence – Mercy, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, is powering data-driven healthcare with artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to benchmark best practices across its 44 acute care and specialty hospitals. As a result, Mercy is uncovering cost savings, improving patient outcomes, and creating new revenue streams to monetize data. Details: Presented by Curtis Dudley, VP of Performance Solutions, Mercy; 9:45−10:15 am Mon. Feb. 11, Rosen Centre Executive Ballroom I. Highlights technology from SAP.

Driving Physician Engagement and Patient Outcomes with Artificial Intelligence – Vituity, a multispecialty partnership of physicians, improved population health and enhanced patient experience by developing AI-driven real-time clinical decision support tools. Details: Presented by Dipti Patel-Misra, PhD, MBA, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Vituity, and Joshua H. Tamayo-Sarver, MD, PhD, FACEP, BCCI, CPHIMS, Vice President, Informatics; 10−11 am Thurs. Feb. 14, Room W207C. Highlights technology from Health Catalyst.

How AI Enabled a Community Hospital to Tackle Clinical Variation and Reduce Length-of-Stay – Flagler Hospital saved an average of $1,350 per case, reduced the average length of stay by two days, and decreased readmissions by seven times—eliminating nearly $850,000 in costs—by tapping into powerful, unsupervised AI technology. Details: Presented by Michael Sanders, FAAFP, MD, CMIO, Flagler Hospital; 11:40 am−12 pm Mon. Feb. 11, Rosen Centre Junior Ballroom F. Part of the HIMSS19 Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare pre-conference symposium. Highlights technology from Ayasdi.

Machine Learning to Predict Risk and Enhance Efficiency ­– A regional health system in New York applied machine learning to multiple data sources to create a risk model that identifies high- and low-risk patients to reduce 30-day readmissions. Details: Presented by Simer Sodhi, Director of Data Management and Analytics, Westchester Medical Center; 10:45−11:05 am Mon. Feb. 11, Rosen Centre Junior Ballroom F. Part of the HIMSS19 Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare pre-conference symposium. Highlights technology from Health Catalyst.

Inpatient Monitoring

A Business and Clinical Case for Continuous Surveillance – Virtua Memorial Hospital leveraged continuous capnography monitoring in a medical-surgical unit to detect adverse clinical events while also mitigating artifacts related to patient movement, suspect measurements and other medical device-generated alarm signals. Details: Presented by Leah Baron, MD, former Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at Virtua Memorial Hospital, and John Zaleski, PhD, CPHIMS, CAP, Chief Analytics Officer, Bernoulli; 10−11 am Thurs. Feb. 14, Room W206A. Highlights technology from Bernoulli.

Improving Sepsis Care with Data Analytics – Allina Health developed and implemented a comprehensive, data-driven approach for early identification and reduced variation in sepsis care. Details: Presented by Mischa Adams, MSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Standard Coordinator, Allina Health, and Sarah Jenson, MS, Analytics Director, Health Catalyst/Allina Health; 1−2 pm Thurs. Feb. 14, Room W206A. Highlights technology from Health Catalyst.

Patient Experience

Restore Human Connections with Collaboration and Technology – The University of Chicago Medicine designed effective approaches to improve the human experience, collaborating with clinical and information and technology leaders to drive positive human connections and transformative change in healthcare. Details: Presented by Sue Murphy, RN, Chief Experience Officer, University of Chicago Medicine, and Diane M. Rogers, CPXP, ACC President, Contagious Change, LLC; 11:30 am−12:30 pm Wed. Feb. 13, Room W204A. Highlights technology from Vocera.

Population Health and Chronic Condition Management

Enhancing Patient Care with Physician-Driven Documentation – Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s ongoing clinical documentation improvement initiative enables efficient, structured documentation, but also allows the organization to harness patient data to create real-time clinical dashboards for more effective care for patients with chronic disease. Details: Presented by Vinay Vaidya, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Michael Shishov, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Rheumatology; 1:30−2:30 pm Tues. Feb. 12, Room W311A. Highlights technology from Medicomp Systems.

Cracking the Code to Better Quality and Financial Outcomes – Rush Health describes how it used advanced analytics to improve the way it manages risk, resulting in improved patient care and enhanced revenue. Details: Presented by James Grana, PhD, Chief Analytics Officer, Rush Health, and Bala Hota, MD, Chief Analytics Officer, Rush University Medical Center; 1:30−2:30 pm Tues. Feb. 12, Room W206A. Highlights technology from SCIO Health Analytics.

Remote Monitoring Shows Significant Pop Health Benefits – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Ontario Telemedicine Network utilized remote patient monitoring to improve patient engagement and outcomes for chronic disease management. Details: Presented by Andrew Watson, Vice President, Clinical Information Technology Transformation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Laurie Poole, Vice President, Clinical Innovation, Ontario Telemedicine Network; 10:30−11:30 am Tues. Feb. 12, Room W315B. Highlights technology from Vivify Health.

Patient-Centered Referral Workflow Automation – Steward Health Care Network automated referral workflows improve efficiency, care coordination and patient satisfaction. Details: Presented by Heather Trafton, PA-C, MBA, Senior Vice President of National MSO Operations, Steward Health Care Network, and Kristin Ottariano, MS, Director of Medicaid Operation; 2:30−3:30 pm Thurs. Feb. 14, Room W206A. Highlights technology from Arcadia.io.

Doing Well by Doing Good: Finding the ROI Social Care Programs – This invitation-only roundtable focuses on the outcomes and ROI of treating social needs. The session will focus on identifying disconnects in the current system, and the opportunities for innovations in technology and collaboration to play an important role in the solutions. Details: 3−4 pm Tues. Feb. 12, Hyatt Regency, Room Hyatt – Rock Springs II. Highlights key thought leaders from Alliance for Better Health.

Revenue Cycle Management

How Web Bots Freed $20 Million from a Billing Bottleneck – Avera Health improved cash flow by $20 million dollars in its first year, while reducing aged A/R accounts by almost half, after automating claim status follow-up with healthcare insurance companies using AI technology. Details: Mary Wickersham, MHA, Vice President, Central Business Office Services, Avera Health, and Ryan Ayres, Vice President, Product Management, Recondo Technology; 4:15−5:15 pm Tues. Feb. 12, Room W308A. Highlights technology from Recondo Technology.

The Patient Behind the Bill: Creating a More Satisfying Financial Journey – St. Luke’s Health System in Boise fundamentally re-imagined the patient financial journey, creating a personalized experience that offers patients transparency, choice and control over billing obligations while turning bad debt into consistent payments. Details: Presented by Michael Rawdan, Senior Director, Revenue Cycle & Patient Experience, St. Luke’s Health System; 11:00−11:35 am Mon. Feb. 11, Rosen Centre Grand Ballroom D. Part of the HIMSS19 pre-conference Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit. Highlights technology from VisitPay.

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