Northern Light Beacon Health ACO and tech firm team up

Northern Light Beacon Health ACO will partner with a Boston tech firm to implement a system for coordinating patient care in real time between different health care providers throughout the state. It expects that in doing so it will improve patient care and reduce costs across Northern Health's network of Maine hospitals and providers.

It's the first health care organization in Maine to implement the PatientPing technology that will link it to a growing network of New England providers, according to Mainebiz.

Northern Light Health's system includes nine hospitals with locations throughout the state, as well as ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities, and home care and hospice agencies. With the PatientPing platform, Beacon Health's specialized nurse care managers are able to access and share patient information, both inside and outside Northern Light Health's system, through Pings that provide real-time notifications when a patient receives care. It also provides stories — important patient context — at the point of care.

As one of Medicare's original Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations, Beacon Health launched in 2012 to improve patient care while reducing costs for Medicare patients but later expanded its mission to include patients covered by private payers and self-insured employers.

PatientPing is a health technology company based in Boston whose network includes tens of thousands of providers nationwide. The company states on its website that it is rapidly accelerating its nationwide expansion so that any providers who share patients anywhere in the country can coordinate care with one another.

As a current participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Northern Light Beacon Health said it will benefit from PatientPing's ability to share ADT (admit-discharge-transfer) alerts from hospitals in real-time and to share critical patient information during transitions of care.

Read the full story at Mainebiz.

Topics: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) , Technology Trends , Uncategorized