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Jacksonville, FL, United States, 2013/08/19 - Patient engagement is the key to quality health and cost savings, and this new web technology will allow Orange Health Solutions to better communicate with their patients and engage them in their own health decisions.
Orange Health announced it completed its acquisition of all ExtendMD software assets for an undisclosed amount. Orange is excited about the opportunity to offer the physicians and patients in Orange ACOs and Value-Based programs the opportunity to communicate directly via “at home” web technology.
Orange CEO, Howard Buff, stated,“As the gap between consumerism and healthcare continues to close, we believe it is critical to position the Orange service platform to take advantage of emerging patient self-monitoring and decision support tools, and direct patient-doctor communication platforms. Our acquisition of ExtendMD’s assets helps us deliver those tools and experiences to our customers. This is an important step to further advance or goal of delivering a preeminent high-touch/high-tech healthcare service administration platform.”
Orange plans to integrate ExtendMD assets into its existing platform and offer the existing service found in the acquired technology. The new Orange platform will use the integrated technology to offer patients a way to self-monitor and track common ailments and conditions, and in turn share that data with their primary care physician to facilitate ongoing communications around condition management, both online, and in-person. Both patients and physicians will access the communication and self-tracking features via a shared permission-based and opt-in environment.
ExtendMD uses simple, everyday technologies to increase the communication between patients and doctors dramatically reducing overall healthcare costs and saving lives. The software was developed, in partnership with several of the best medical academic institutions in the world, as an easy way for patients with chronic conditions to communicate their ‘at home’ readings directly to their healthcare team. By converting common technologies already found in patient’s homes into real-time disease management tools, they are able to reduce cost and increase the comfort level for patients to use the healthcare tool. Their doctors have access to this information anywhere, anytime to quickly analyze and determine if a change in treatment is required.
About Orange Accountable Care
Orange Accountable Care is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program formed to benefit the patient (Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries), provider and the community. We all share in its success. Orange Accountable Care is built on a model of coordinated care to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill and the elderly, receive the right care at the right time, avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and prevention of medical errors.
About Orange Health Solutions
Orange Health Solutions (orangehealth.net) provides innovative solutions to its healthcare partners, allowing them to deliver higher quality coordinated care, improved population health management, increased efficiency and positively impact financial success. Our services can be accessed through an Accountable Care model, Value-based clinically integrated model or by leveraging our administrative services. We allow our customers to focus on the patient and ultimately lower medical costs.