CHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS – Seventeen major health systems are teaming up to leverage technology to develop digital solutions to improve the health of underserved people in their communities through the Medicaid Transformation Project.
The project will focus on using technology and innovation to impact avoidable emergency department visits, behavioral health, women and infant care, and substance use disorder.
“We want to partner to deliver value and reduce the current trajectory of health care spending—in a way that ensures every member of our community has access to the health care services they need,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, chief health equity officer and senior vice president of government affairs and community engagement for Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., one of the participating health systems.
The project will be led by AVIA, creators of a network for health systems seeking to innovate, and Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services and founder and general partner at Town Hall Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs who are improving the health of underserved populations.
The project will assemble a core team at each health system to implement solutions. They will share best practices across the network, creating a roadmap for partner organizations to act quickly to create change.
“These health systems are ready to have an even greater impact by scaling sustainable care models and capabilities that can significantly improve the health of the underserved,” said Linda Finkel, president of AVIA, in a statement. “Thanks to the potential to unlock digital solutions, there’s a stronger business case than ever.”
The project leaders will be looking for ways to take advantage of advancements in care model innovations and health technologies to tackle persistent problems in health care.
“We believe tomorrow’s solutions for today’s health disparities will be rooted in digital solutions and technologies that are easy to implement and scale,” said Dr. Nick Turkal, president and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health in Chicago and Wisconsin, one of the participating health systems that will anchor the work of the project.
Other health systems anchoring the project are: Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas; Dignity Health in San Francisco; Geisinger in Danville, Pa.; and Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton, Wash. Twelve other health systems, including Christiana Care, will participate.