New technology platform will aid a company-wide initiative to improve quality and care coordination across all facilities.
DALLAS and NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 14, 2014 – Sandlot Solutions, a leading community health interoperability and analytics provider, today announced the beginning of a five-year contract with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit corporation providing comprehensive care for patients with kidney disease. Sandlot’s health information technology solutions will help DCI achieve effective clinical interoperability. The ability to exchange clinical data and share information across health systems will enable DCI to deliver exceptional care management and improved patient outcomes. A certified Medicare dialysis provider operating in 28 states, DCI will implement two Sandlot modules, Sandlot Connect, for comprehensive data gathering and exchange, and Sandlot Dimensions, which combines a data warehouse with business intelligence tools.
“We are honored to partner with Sandlot Solutions to improve the coordination of care for our patients. Currently many providers often operate in separate silos and are unable to see the care given by other providers to patients with kidney disease. With our new partnership with Sandlot, different providers in each community will be able to obtain a better view of the overall care of patients with kidney disease and will be able to communicate in a secure manner as they partner to improve care for patients with kidney disease. In addition, we will have the capacity to evaluate the cost of care and determine which of our new interventions are most effective at providing better care, at a lower cost to patients with kidney disease,” said Doug Johnson, MD, Vice Chairman of the DCI Board of Directors.
The technology solutions provided by Sandlot will also support DCI’s long-term goal of becoming a CMS ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO). ESRD patients make up 1.3% of all Medicare beneficiaries and nearly 7.5% of U.S. Medicare spending. This CMS initiative is designed to test new payment and service delivery models in order to achieve higher quality and more patient-centered care for the ESRD population.
Sandlot Solutions trustee, Fred L. Brown, 2014 inductee into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame and Past Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation remarked: “I am delighted that Sandlot is working with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. to address the complex clinical challenges of patients who require essential dialysis treatment. Sandlot’s ability to create a comprehensive and longitudinal clinical view of a patient with kidney disease will undoubtedly lead to better care and quality of life.”
“Since its inception, DCI has been an innovator in the delivery of care to dialysis patients. DCI’s goal to become a CMS ESCO builds on this strong tradition and culture of quality improvement. At Sandlot, we are proud to partner with companies like DCI and see firsthand our technology’s role in changing healthcare. We look forward to working together to achieve DCI’s goals of better patient care and outcomes,” said Joseph Casper, CEO, Sandlot Solutions.
Sandlot Solutions and DCI began working together in March 2014. Today’s announcement marks the most recent collaboration between Sandlot Solutions and progressive healthcare providers, payers and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve the health of patients and communities while also bending the healthcare delivery cost curve.
About Sandlot Solutions
Sandlot Solutions, founded in 2006, is a leading provider of clinical interoperability and community health management solutions focused on: the exchange of clinical and claims data across the care community, population data analytics and enhanced care coordination. Sandlot provides the tools and technology that enable healthcare organizations to improve the quality of care, understand and manage risk, reduce costs, and transition to new business models. The configurable technology streamlines data-sharing and provides physicians with actionable patient information and analytics, within their existing workflow through a proprietary digital envelope, including prompts to proactively address gaps in care at the point of care.
Based in Dallas, Texas, Sandlot Solutions is jointly owned by Santa Rosa Holdings Inc. and North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). For more information, visit www.sandlotsolutions.com.
About Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Started in 1971, DCI is a nonprofit provider, caring for patients with kidney disease. We currently care for 14,000 patients on dialysis in more than 215 clinics in 28 states. DCI is the only leading dialysis provider to have remained under its own control since its founding. DCI has been recognized 11 years in a row by an independent government survey, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), for having the lowest mortality and hospitalization ratios among national dialysis providers. In addition, since inception DCI has allocated over $200 million to support research, education and other activities that benefit patients. Visit www.dciinc.org for more information.