A NEW BLUEPRINT FOR VALUE:
BUILDING A TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM
FOR BETTER CARE

ChristianaCare and Medtronic

Medtronic and ChristianaCare recently announced a five-year value-based healthcare (VBHC) collaboration designed for improving patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs for patients and the health system. How? By working together to develop and deploy VBHC initiatives that help ChristianaCare apply the right medical technologies and therapies to the patients who may benefit most, with shared financial accountability for patient health outcomes tied to Medtronic technologies. The collaboration will build on the clinical and operational learnings from VBHC programs between Medtronic and Lehigh Valley Health Network and between Medtronic and the Medical University of South Carolina.

CREATING A COLLABORATIVE HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM

Both organizations understand that sharing risk necessitates full alignment and strong collaboration to build more connected, integrated models of care. Initially the healthcare collaboration plans to focus on engineering an Advantaged Ecosystem™ that is designed to enable data transparency and aligned governance. Using platform engineering principles, Medtronic and ChristianaCare intend to use this collaborative ecosystem to:

  • Align technologies and solutions with the needs of ChristianaCare, based on objective health system clinical and economic data
  • Analyze the value that can be achieved by applying those technologies or solutions to the appropriate cohort of patients at the right time
  • Implement value-based programs within clinical interventions in the care pathway to benefit patients and ChristianaCare
  • Measure outcomes and costs in a way that allows for rapid program adjustments to further improve processes and automate financial remuneration between Medtronic and ChristianaCare

STARTING WITH ONE PROGRAM, SCALING TO OTHERS

The two organizations will test the collaborative healthcare ecosystem by standardizing an Enhanced Respiratory Monitoring program designed to identify patients receiving opioids for pain management who are at high risk of opioid-induced ventilatory impairment (OIVI). Starting with this program will help the organizations understand each other’s systems, align resources, share data, and establish measurement tools. The framework established is intended to serve as a blueprint to accelerate future VBHC programs within ChristianaCare designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare cost.

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ADVANCING BETTER HEALTHCARE GLOBALLY

Increasingly, health systems are looking to value-based healthcare models to get high-value outcomes and better return for their healthcare dollars. According to Advisory Board, 71% of providers are interested in risk-based arrangements with suppliers.1 Medtronic and ChristianaCare firmly believe their thoughtful healthcare collaboration approach will help create more scalable and repeatable VBHC models that can be adopted across the industry.

Collaborations between like-minded organizations such as ChristianaCare and Medtronic are essential to move healthcare toward value-based care. Moreover, this type of collaboration in healthcare strengthens the ability to build and test new VBHC solutions that may contribute to better healthcare and positively impact health systems around the world.