Kaiser Permanente announces plans to open a medical school in Southern California. Classes will begin in 2019, and will likely accommodate up to 50 students. “We have the opportunity to help train future physicians on 21st century medicine and be on the cutting edge of all the changes we are experiencing,” says CEO Bernard Tyson. “Our model of care is best for the current and future diverse populations in this country.” The organization has noted there will be a strong focus on population health management, team-based approaches to patient care, and patient engagement.
Health analytics company Pulse8 licenses population health management tech vendor Altruista Health’s Chronic Illness and Disability Payment System to better calculate its risk adjustment analytics for Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and private payers.
KLAS Research ranks Atlanta-based Wellcentive as one of the top five vendors of population health management technology.
Greenway Health embarks on the second phase of its population health project with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (TN). Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the next phase builds on the data warehouse development and clinical trials recruitment conducted in 2014. Patient recruitment is expected to increase to 3,000 by October 1, 2016 and to 5,000 the following year. The project will also aim to increase the number of Greenway Health provider sites connected to the data warehouse, growing to nearly 2,000 by 2017.
Pennsylvania-based Pocono Health System and Lehigh Valley Health Network agree to a full-asset merger that will take effect in the first half of 2016. The new entity will develop a “hospital of the future” tentatively named Pocono Medical Center, as well as open additional ambulatory health centers. LVHN representatives see the merger as LVHN part of its commitment to providing more integrated care to the Pocono region through population health management, including sharing a common EHR. LVHN announced it will spend $200 million on Epic over the next four to six years. PHS seems to be an EClinicalWorks shop, so it seems likely the Epic assets played a part in merger talks.