Dr. Henry DePhillips is EVP and Chief Medical Officer of MEDecision, a “collaborative care management company” that enables payers to share clinical information with physicians to improve care and reduce costs. Dr. DePhillips and I were both speaking at the Disease Management Leadership Forum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and found time to catch up between sessions. We spoke about how MEDecision uses payer data, pharmacy data, care management data, lab data, PHRs and EHRs to provide useful information to providers in ways that fit into existing workflows.
I was particularly intrigued by MEDecision’s experience with providing information in the emergency department, a setting where it’s often hard to get physicians interested in accessing outside information. After a couple of false starts with physicians and nurses, MEDecision found a way to integrate into the workflow of the administrative staff. In the end the payer saved money and yet physicians also came out ahead financially. Patients benefited, too.September 18, 2007