Provider-created Health Information Exchange Will Drive Quality, Reduce Costs and Demonstrate ACO Functionality
Franklin, Tennessee and Fort Worth, Texas – January 17, 2012 – Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) to create Sandlot Solutions, Inc., a healthcare information technology company that will develop and implement health information exchanges nationwide.
Sandlot Solutions will meet the needs of a multitude of hospitals and health systems who realize the need to consolidate their claims and clinical data, while improving quality and disease management through advanced reporting and analytics.
"The essential element to improving patient care is improving care coordination,” said Richard Helppie, chairman and chief executive officer of Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc. "We have seen the impact health information exchanges have on driving better care coordination, and in working with our clients and investigating the market, we chose to invest with NTSP in creating Sandlot Solutions. We believe Sandlot Solutions is the first HIE-based solution that provides a platform to coordinate care and to invoke quality measures at the time of clinical decision. Santa Rosa’s investment in Sandlot Solutions augments our ability to help our clients accelerate the entire diagnostic and reporting cycle and enable physicians and clinicians to access comprehensive patient information at the point of care for more timely, accurate decisions regarding the care and treatment plan."
Currently, Sandlot Solutions’ HIE products and services allow NTSP to better manage its Medicare and Medicare Advantage patient population of more than 50,000. The HIE application connects providers across North Texas including 14 hospitals and over 1,400 physicians, and maintains clinical data for more than 2 million unique patients. A driving success factor for the Sandlot HIE is its ability to operate behind the scenes without interrupting physician workflow and to connect with any Electronic Health Record system.
“We know that we have developed a solution that is improving care, saving lives and allowing NTSP to better manage its expanding patient population," said Karen Van Wagner, executive director of NTSP. "As a Medicare Pioneer ACO, we know our HIE solution can provide the technology infrastructure needed to manage large patient populations and improve care efficiencies. We carefully searched for a partner who could help us bring our proven solution to a broader market. After meeting with Santa Rosa it was clear we chose the partner that offered the proven technical expertise to enhance what we’ve built and develop a broader client base nationwide."
About Sandlot Solutions, Inc.
Sandlot Solutions is a healthcare information technology company jointly owned by Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc. and North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) that provides health information exchange (HIE) and data analytics tools and services for streamlining data sharing between providers, hospital systems and health plans in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care. Sandlot Solutions’ customizable HIE products and services allow healthcare providers easy access to patient information from a variety of sources and formats community-wide to more effectively enhance care coordination, disease management and quality measurement while preparing for Accountable Care and other payment models. For more information about Sandlot Solutions, call 800-370-1393 or visit www.sandlotsolutions.com
About Santa Rosa Consulting
Santa Rosa Consulting is a national provider of information technology and management consulting services to the healthcare industry. Founded and led by HIT veterans, Santa Rosa offers a broad scope of management advisory services as well as technical consulting expertise across the full range of IT vendor products and systems including information technology planning, implementation consulting, and staffing and recruitment services. For more information about Santa Rosa Consulting and its services call 866-944-4772 or visit www.santarosaconsulting.com.
About North Texas Specialty Physicians
North Texas Specialty Physicians (known as NTSP) is an independent physician association composed of more than 600 family and specialty doctors dedicated to delivering the best medical care to the residents of Dallas, Johnson, Parker and Tarrant Counties. Since its founding in 1995, NTSP doctors have delivered high quality medical care to over 15,000 patients every work day, and are able to coordinate patient care more efficiently and effectively through health information exchange technology. In 2010, NTSP was recognized as best in the country for its integrated patient care delivery system in Modern Healthcare’s Annual IT Case Study contest. NTSP was recently selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of 32 Pioneer ACO Models. For more information about NTSP, call 817-332-8847 or visit www.ntsp.com.
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Chairman and CEO
Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc.
Chairman of the Board
Sandlot Solutions, Inc.