The American College of Cardiology, Geisinger Health System and xG Health Solutions Announce Strategic Initiative for Patients with Heart Failure

ACC's Clinical Practice Guidelines, Geisinger ProvenCare® Methodology and xG Health Software to be Combined in New Heart Failure App

Dec 02, 2015, 14:17 ET from xG Health Solutions

COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The American College of Cardiology (ACC), Geisinger Health System and xG Health Solutions announce today the launch of a new joint initiative to enhance the processes and outcomes of clinical care for patients with heart failure.

With this initiative, ACC, Geisinger and xG Health will develop and implement a software application based on ACC's clinical practice guidelines ("CPGs"), Geisinger's renowned ProvenCare methodology, and broad feedback received from ACC members.

"We are very enthusiastic about this partnership with the American College of Cardiology. It builds on our ProvenCare methodologies in ensuring we provide high-quality care to every patient, every time through evidenced-based protocols," said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA,  president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System.

The software application will provide clinicians with easy access to clinical practice guidelines and information on other best practices related to the management of congestive heart failure.

"The American College of Cardiology develops clinical guidelines to synthesize the best available scientific evidence to help the cardiovascular team provide the best care for their patients," said ACC Executive Vice President Science, Education, and Quality William Oetgen, M.D., FACC. "This project is another step in our efforts to develop technology to help clinicians access information when they need it to improve care. The app will interact with the National Cardiovascular Data Registry to provide actionable feedback to clinicians."

The application is the latest in a suite of clinical software apps being developed by xG Health, a company launched by Geisinger in 2013 to bring Geisinger innovations and know-how to a broader market.

"xG Health was one of the first to develop a software app that uses public APIs and standards in an EHR-agnostic manner," said xG Health CEO Earl Steinberg, M.D., MPP. "The app we are developing with the ACC will enable changes in workflow and provision of clinical decision support in real time that will improve quality, safety and outcomes, save physicians time and reduce cost of care for patients with heart failure."

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org/

About xG Health Solutions

xG Health Solutions powers long-term success for healthcare organizations through analysis, care redesign, technology, and an unmatched depth of expertise. We have roots in one of America's most innovative and successful health systems, Geisinger Health System, and our clinician-led management team has had multi-dimensional experience at Geisinger and other leading institutions. Our solutions span care management, care redesign, population health analytics, and bundled payments while our products - xGLearn, xGCare, EnrG|Apps, ProvenCare and ProvenHealth Navigator -- scale and expedite change for our clients. For more information, see xghealth.com

About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation's largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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