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CVS Health, Humana, Ochsner Health, and Unite Us Join Forces to Support Unite Louisiana, Expanding Social Care Throughout the State

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NEW YORK, November 18, 2020, 10:10 a.m. ETUnite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks nationwide, today announced that its Unite Louisiana network has partnered with CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health in an effort to expand and improve community health and social care throughout the state. 

 

Unite Louisiana was established in partnership with Louisiana Association of United Ways and Louisiana 211. The network connects clinicians and social service providers through Unite Us’ shared technology platform, to serve the health and social needs within communities and parishes statewide. Unite Louisiana is currently in 14 parishes and growing. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, access to basic needs such as food, health care, housing, and economic resources are strained more than ever. Unite Louisiana bridges the care gap for the basic needs of Louisianans, now extending into New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport with these new partnerships. The Unite Louisiana network is also supported by Aetna Better Health of Louisiana and Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

 

“Unite Us has been doubling down on its efforts across the country to ensure Americans are receiving the care they need during these volatile times. Louisiana residents need access to care now more than ever, as COVID-19 cases continue to be high across the state,” said Taylor Justice, president of Unite Us. “As we continue to expand Unite Louisiana, joining forces with CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health was the natural next step.” 

 

Here are some examples of how these partners are utilizing the network to serve their patients and communities in Louisiana: 

 

  • Care Managers at Louisiana Healthcare Connections are using Unite Us to connect Medicaid members with social services.
  • Care Managers at Aetna Better Health of Louisiana are using the platform to connect their Medicaid and Dual-eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP) members with social services.
  • Care Managers at Humana are using Unite Us’ technology to connect their Medicare Advantage members and DSNP members with social services.
  • Teams across Ochsner Health, including the Digital Medicine team and Outpatient Case Management team, are using Unite Us to coordinate social services for their patients.

 

”When helping people on their path to better health, we value innovation and collaboration. Unite Louisiana brings together community-focused companies to help Louisianans get access to the resources and support they need,” said Richard Born, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, a CVS Health company.

 

 Louisiana’s daily case rate has remained high and there continues to be a need for electronic connectivity among community-based organizations during the pandemic, especially in rural areas of the state. With the addition of CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health, Unite Louisiana is now connecting even more Louisianans to critical resources through a single entry point, which is crucial to reduce exposure and provide support during the pandemic and enable a no-wrong-door approach for anyone in need.

 

“This strategic partnership with Unite Louisiana helps us continue to focus on both community and business integration to improve clinical and social health outcomes for individuals throughout the state. We see this as an investment that drives real and lasting change for those who need social support,” said Matt Berger, President-Gulf States at Humana.

 

Unite Louisiana’s impact has been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 1 2020, the network has grown by 70 percent. In that same time period, the network has been meeting community demand particularly around food assistance requests, with nearly 98 percent resolution of food assistance service episodes.

 

“We are excited to be working with Unite Us to provide critical resources to underserved communities across Louisiana,” said Kevin Green, Vice President, Community Based Clinics at Ochsner Health. “As we continue to face COVID-19, this is the time to invest in the people we serve and provide support to create a healthier region. Together, Ochsner and Unite Us can help remove barriers and support the foundation of a healthier life for our community.”

 

Unite Louisiana currently serves 14 parishes across the New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport regions, including Acadia, Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, and West Baton Rouge parishes. Interested community-based organizations can learn more about joining the network at Louisiana.UniteUs.com.

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

About CVS Health:

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We’re evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that’s in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we’re transforming health at www.cvshealth.com

 

About Humana:

Humana, Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

    • Annual reports to stockholders
    • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
    • Most recent investor conference presentations
    • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
    • Calendar of events
    • Corporate Governance information


About Ochsner Health:

Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventative screenings, health and wellness resources and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health healed more than 876,000 people from across the globe in 2019, providing the latest medical breakthroughs and therapies, including digital medicine for chronic conditions and telehealth specialty services. Ochsner Health is a national leader, named the top hospital in Louisiana and a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. As Louisiana’s leading healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner’s team of more than 26,000 employees and 4,500 providers are working to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org. To transform your health, please visit www.ochsner.org/healthyyou.

 

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Unite Us, Oregon Health Leadership Council, and Partners Announce Connect Oregon: A Collaborative Network to Address Social Health Statewide

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NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A coalition of local health organizations in Oregon has committed to expand existing infrastructure to connect people to health and social services.

Central Oregon Health Council, PacificSource, CareOregon, Columbia Pacific CCO, Jackson Care Connect, Health Share of Oregon, AllCare Health, and the Oregon Health Leadership Council today collectively announced that they’ve chosen Unite Us as their technology partner to electronically connect health and social care providers throughout the state, ensuring that more people in Oregon and Southwest Washington can get the care they need, when they need it.

With this partnership, these organizations have made a bold commitment to invest in social health infrastructure with an emphasis on community, through one coordinated care network: Connect Oregon. They join InterCommunity Health Network CCO and Samaritan Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, 211info, and local health and social service organizations who were already working with Unite Us to lay the groundwork in the state. Now, those existing efforts will continue to grow and strengthen.

For a comprehensive list of all stakeholders, and to read more in their own words why this work is so critical right now, visit Connect Oregon’s website.

Community-based organizations who provide social services such as nutrition, housing and shelter, employment, and behavioral and mental health support can onboard to Connect Oregon at no cost and will be able to connect with each other and clinical providers, sending and receiving electronic, closed-loop referrals in Unite Us’ secure, accountable network—while following their clients’ journeys beyond the walls of their own organizations and tracking outcomes. The coordination center is powered by 211info and supports community engagement.

“The desire to drive positive outcomes and results for those individuals most vulnerable is a powerful force when combined with a solution such as Connect Oregon to support Community Information Exchange,” says Ronda Lindley-Bennett, Community Information Exchange Administrator, InterCommunity Health Network CCO. “A closed-loop referral platform that offers a seamless, comprehensive, easy to use user interface is vital for efficiency in service delivery from a community perspective. Keeping the member’s whole-person care and well-being in the center of focus has driven our commitment and leadership every step of the way.”

“I really appreciate the partnership and collaboration across Oregon and Southwest Washington with our partners to stand up Connect Oregon. Amidst both a climate of systemic racism and demand for social justice, alongside the pandemic and recent historic wildfires, we know we must, as a society, better provide for total health of all people. Connect Oregon is a step toward closing the gaps on social determinants of health, in addition to addressing the physical and mental health needs in our community. We all must own it together,” says Imelda Dacones, MD, President and CEO, Northwest Permanente, PC, Kaiser Permanente.

It’s widely accepted that 80 percent* of a person’s health is affected by social determinants of health (SDoH)–conditions in the environment in which people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age–with the remaining 20 percent attributed to medical issues. By prioritizing social services and ensuring that people’s needs are appropriately met within their own neighborhoods and communities, Oregon is on the path towards achieving health equity and improving health outcomes throughout the state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on communities and affect employment, housing, nutritional security and other essential social needs, it’s more critical than ever for providers to have a tool to seamlessly refer to each other and account for all outcomes, ensuring that no one falls through the cracks.

“Every time we get a referral in Unite Us and are able to connect people who need nutritional support with meals is a success,” says Jody Grant, Operations and Programs Manager for Meals on Wheels People. “Early on, we got a referral from Kaiser Permanente for a patient discharged from the hospital with COVID-19. Her husband, who also contracted COVID-19, died unexpectedly. When we delivered her meals, we called to tell her they were on her porch and checked in weekly. Once she was able to get back to cooking for herself, she told us she felt like it saved her life to have people checking in on her on a regular basis. This is the miracle of service. To serve our community best, we need partners like Unite Us to show us the people in need.”

In addition, recent demands for social justice across the nation have shed light on existing health disparities–particularly in communities of color–confirming that there is even greater need for collaborative work to provide person-centric, community-based care, that breaks down silos across providers.

“Our work together on Connect Oregon represents the best of our commitment in Oregon to collaborate among healthcare, social services and community to truly coordinate care, with particular attention to our most vulnerable citizens,” says Greg Van Pelt, President, Oregon Health Leadership Council. “It’s the fulfillment of our vision to cross boundaries and transform care with a focus on each person we serve, to meet them where they are and provide the services they need.”

To support these efforts, Unite Us provides a robust and proven community engagement process, hiring team members from the communities where they live and who continuously strengthen the network’s health through outreach, training and continued support. The Unite Us team relies on the expertise of local leaders and existing coalitions to build trust–those grassroots advocates who’ve been doing the work long before anyone coined the term, “social determinants of health.” This community-driven approach has been successful in over 40 states around the country.

“Across Oregon, community-based organizations have long been helping people get the services and care they need, but in many regions, they lacked the connectivity, infrastructure and outcome data,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “With this collective investment and alignment on the part of the healthcare sector, care coordination will become faster, seamless and trackable, and the state can move towards one connected network of social and health care service providers,” he adds.

Connect Oregon currently serves Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Lincoln, Linn, Benton, Lane, and Deschutes counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Southwest Washington. With these newest partners on board, there is now a commitment to serve 21 of the 36 Oregon counties through the statewide collaboration. The long-term goal is for the network to be available in every county throughout the entire state.

About OHLC:
The Oregon Health Leadership Council (formerly the Health Leadership Task Force) is a collaborative organization working to develop practical solutions that reduce the rate of increase in health care costs and premiums so health care and insurance are more affordable to people and employers in the state. OHLC’s work with Connect Oregon reflects its stakeholder commitments to health care transformation and to addressing critical social needs for Oregonians.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.
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* Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

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Unite Us and Nebraska Health Information Initiative Expand Partnership to Bring Coordinated Care to Six Additional States

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Unique growing partnership will continue to break down barriers between medical and social care in multiple states throughout the country

 

NEW YORKOct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks nationwide, announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII), a Health Information Exchange (HIE), to six additional states including IowaMissouriSouth DakotaNorth DakotaKansas, and Minnesota. This growing partnership aims to break down existing obstacles between clinical and social service providers to allow for comprehensive, whole-person care with trackable outcomes and data.

Beyond the clinical care a person receives, 80% of an individual’s health and quality of life is affected by their social determinants of health (SDoH), conditions in the environment where people are born, live, work, play, and worship.* It is critical that health care providers have access to this full picture of their patients’ lives beyond the clinic and hospital walls, in order to identify and help eliminate potential barriers to their health and well-being.

NEHII is committed to helping organizations addressing SDoH improve their workflows, track results and metrics, avoid wasteful and repeated care, and create sustainable long-term models for care. NEHII will utilize Unite Us’ person-centric platform to provide transparency, accountability, and outcomes data to providers, and to incorporate community-based social care into state ecosystems, particularly in rural areas with geographic variations in access to critical services. This expansion and continued partnership paves the way for additional collaborations with other HIEs, multiple health systems and state Medicaid departments as they collectively move towards systems change.

“NEHII is thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Unite Us into six new states, to enable better support and health outcomes for all Americans,” says Jaime Bland, President and CEO of NEHII. “We know patients don’t seek care in a single institution, let alone a single state, especially along our borders. Statewide infrastructures for health and social care are more crucial than ever as COVID-19 continues to devastate the nation. We’re eager to help additional states combine their clinical and social care data in one secure location to provide patients and providers a more comprehensive view of their longitudinal health record.”

“Our ultimate goal is to help all Americans lead healthier lives, and this extended partnership with NEHII enables providers to better address whole-person needs, including nonmedical issues and social determinants of health,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “We continue to lead on bringing social care to the same level of priority as traditional health care, at a time when it has never been more important to build this infrastructure. While much of the national response to COVID-19 so far has been in the clinical realm, our social support systems are seeing an unprecedented strain due to high demand.”

This expansion between Unite Us and NEHII comes on the heels of Unite Nebraska, the pair’s first joint statewide network that was announced in June 2020 and launched last month, and will allow more people in need across the country to get the services they need. Unite Us and NEHII have begun rolling out the partnership into the additional states, and all networks will be live by August 2022.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About NEHII:
NEHII’s mission is to bring trust and value to health information technology by creating solutions for moving health data forward. NEHII, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a public/private governance model that includes health care providers, payers, and the State of Nebraska. NEHII is a statewide Health Information Exchange designed to share clinical and administrative data among providers in Nebraska and neighboring states. NEHII’s purpose is to achieve health care transformation through community betterment collaboration while protecting the security and privacy of medical information. Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

* Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

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Unite Us Expands Executive Team With Appointment of Chief Technology Officer

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NEW YORK Unite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks of health and social service providers nationwide, has today announced the appointment of Shandy Guharoy as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

With a deep understanding of healthcare information technology, Guharoy joins Unite Us with over 20 years of experience specialized in population health management, consumer-driven healthcare, payer platforms, and healthcare portals. His role at Unite Us will be heavily focused on engineering, product development, and solutions architecture in an effort to lead the company’s continued technology innovation within the health and social care industries.

“We’re excited to welcome an expert of Shandy’s caliber to the Unite Us team, ” said Dan Brillman, CEO and Co-founder of Unite Us. “Our technology is what fuels our business and with Shandy’s leadership it will continue to transform the industry. As we continue to expand into new states and regions across the country, Shandy’s expertise and guidance will be crucial to identify new innovations and continue to deliver the best solutions and experiences to our customers and partners.”

Prior to joining Unite Us, Guharoy was Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Evolent Health, where he was responsible for development and commercialization of the company’s core technology platform and client relationship. Before that, he was Vice President, eBusiness Delivery, at Anthem, where he directed application development for all online assets. Prior to Anthem, Guharoy was Vice President, Application Development, Information Technology, at Lumenos Inc., responsible for formulating and executing technology plans for the organization. Guharoy received his Bachelor of Engineering from Jadavpur University in India and his Executive MBA at Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

“My career has been building towards this moment, when I can put my skills and experience to work for a mission-driven organization such as Unite Us,” says Guharoy. “I’ve been following Unite Us for some time now, and am eager to contribute to the company’s work to connect people to care, wherever they are, whenever they need it. It’s the combination of first-in-class technology with a person-centric model, that puts Unite Us ahead of the pack,” he adds.

The expansion of the executive team coincides with the company’s rapid growth and the overall acceleration of the health-technology industry and an increasing demand to meet social care needs in the wake of the novel coronavirus. With economic resources strained now more than ever in the midst of the pandemic, communities have increased demand for Unite Us’ services by over 287% since March, with the most frequently requested social care needs including access to food, healthcare, housing, and transportation. In direct response to COVID-19, Unite Us has expanded and launched new networks into areas of the nation hit hardest by the pandemic, including Unite NYCNCCARE360Unite Nebraska, and more.

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Emily Rogan
Communications Manager
Unite Us
[email protected]
516-381-4781

 

 

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MetroHealth and Unite Us Join Forces to Connect Health and Social Care across Cuyahoga County

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MetroHealth

CLEVELAND, OH – The MetroHealth System has partnered with an innovative technology company to connect health care and social care providers through a shared electronic resource referral platform.

 

Building on MetroHealth’s commitment to integrating information such as whether a person is struggling with housing, food insecurity, employment and other factors into its electronic medical record, the Unite Us platform allows for efficient electronic referrals to and between social service organizations to meet those needs and track the outcomes.

 

New York-based Unite Us has developed software that combines person-centered care coordination and hands-on community engagement for health systems, social service organizations and government agencies – and seamlessly integrates into MetroHealth’s electronic health records – to meet the shared goal of improved individual and community health.

 

This is a significant, multi-year investment by MetroHealth, but the tool will be available to community-based organizations at no cost.

 

“This partnership allows us to help provide connections to social services for the people in our community who need it — and allow us to track and measure if it is making a difference,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “This will enable all of the community’s health and social service agencies to work together efficiently and transparently. We believe our partnership with Unite Us will make our community healthier.”

 

MetroHealth is a national leader in tracking social determinants of health – the idea that up to 80% of a person’s health depends on factors that occur outside of the walls of a hospital or medical clinic. They include safe housing, adequate food, socialization, employment and transportation. COVID-19 has exacerbated these factors for so many across our county.

 

MetroHealth is the first hospital system in Ohio to partner with Unite Us. MetroHealth’s Institute For H.O.P.E.TM will help onboard social service agencies, develop referral networks and analyze data to make sure the hospital system is meeting the needs of our community.

 

“Improving the health of the community is the core of MetroHealth’s mission. Part of that means continuing to deliver excellent medical care. But we must also expand the reach of our care,” says Institute For H.O.P.E.TM President Susan Fuehrer. “We need to see the full picture of our patients and their lives, beyond our walls, so we can identify and help eliminate potential barriers to their health and well-being. We must find and fix the root causes of health disparities in our region. Unite Us will help MetroHealth and the Institute For H.O.P.E.TM to identify and address these health disparities in an even more efficient and effective way.”

 

“MetroHealth has a strong network of longstanding community relationships and a well-established service model,” says Dan Brillman, CEO of Unite Us. “Unite Us brings a robust technology platform and local community engagement model to ensure we reach and serve those in need. Combining these strengths will super-charge the community’s ability to coordinate services, improve health, and measure impact across Greater Cleveland.”

 

The selection of Unite Us is the culmination of a community-wide process led by Better Health Partnership, Center for Health Affairs, CWRU, and United Way along with other hospital systems and nonprofit organizations.

 

Since committing to screening for social determinants of health, MetroHealth has screened over 10,000 patients and connected many with social service referrals. Screenings showed the top three risks for our patients are social isolation (47% at high risk) , food insecurity (40% at high risk) and lack of physical activity (39% at high risk). Now the system will be able to monitor the results and impact of those referrals.

 

 

About The MetroHealth System:

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood. MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.  Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Emily Rogan
Communications Manager
Unite Us
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Unite Us Acquires SDoH Analytics Company, Staple Health

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Staple Health joins Unite Us’ growing data analytics team, as the company leads its sector to combine in-house predictive analytics and comprehensive integrated care in the community.  

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK –The founders of Staple Health knew they were on to something. Nick Lovejoy and Chris Eberly founded Staple Health in 2017 as healthcare providers were becoming more interested in social determinants of health (SDoH) data in the move towards value-based care. Staple Health specifically provided detailed and predictive analytics about the impact of social factors on acute care, behavioral health, substance abuse and other health outcomes.

 

What they soon discovered, however, was the data itself was not enough. Clients would say to them, “Now we have data but what do I do with it? What intervention do we make? What action should I be taking to address the needs?” explains Lovejoy. That was the missing element they could not provide. “Customers need to know what’s driving risk and also what to do about it,” Lovejoy adds.

 

The team was introduced to Unite Us and realized the possible synergies immediately. “We recognized that the Staple team was taking a unique approach to predictive modeling around the use of social services. Combining that innovation with Unite Us’ nationwide reach was a compelling opportunity for us to better serve the community,” said Esther Farkas, Unite Us’ General Counsel and SVP of Business and Legal Affairs.

 

In fact, the acquisition of Staple Health was the next logical step for Unite Us. After more than seven years of building coordinated care networks across the country, working deeply with communities and social service partners to meet people’s needs, the company was already strengthening its data team to better analyze outcomes data and its use in communities to address and prevent the factors that negatively impact health, explains Kelly Binder, Chief of Staff for Unite Us. “Staple had the expertise we wanted and also aligned with our mission and vision to build healthier communities–we wanted both their technology, and extensive health analytics experience,” she adds. “There was a natural, cultural fit with our team,” says Binder.

 

Predictive analytics that leverage Unite Us’ robust outcome data are essential as the company continues to improve supporting communities, addressing needs and providing proactive social care infrastructure. The combined solutions enable payers and providers to not only identify both individualized risk and community needs, but also provide them the immediate ability to address those needs through accountable networks of community partners. The analytics and insights from these integrated products will continue to drive better upstream decision support within Unite Us’ coordination platform while informing stakeholders of opportunities for investments in social care interventions.

 

Unite Us is already introducing Unite Us Insights and social risk analysis to clients nationally. And in this time of COVID-19, when in-person screenings aren’t possible and care must move from hospitals into communities, having the tools to assess social and clinical risk and a platform to address those needs effectively is critical for providers and social service partners to be proactive.

 

“Bringing Nick and Chris onboard was exactly what we needed to round out our team and build upon the foundation we’ve already established,” says Dan Brillman, Unite Us Co-Founder and CEO. “We can now accelerate and improve the services we provide, during a time when communities and care providers need them most. We’ve always offered data and insights to our partners, but now we can give them the ability to make more strategic, intentional decisions to help individuals and communities in the most impactful ways. This was the next logical step as we build a national public health infrastructure that truly integrates health and social care,” he adds.

 

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

Follow Unite Us on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Emily Rogan

Communications Manager

[email protected]

516-381-4781

 

 

Interested in learning more about Unite Us?

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Nebraska Health Information Initiative and Unite Us Introduce Unite Nebraska: A Statewide Coordinated Care Network to Address Social Determinants of Health

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Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII), a Health Information Exchange (HIE) joins forces with Unite Us, the technology company that connects health and social care providers, in a unique and innovative partnership that will transform service delivery and care coordination throughout Nebraska.

 

OMAHA, NE AND NEW YORK, NY – As the nation continues to grapple with the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19, NEHII and Unite Us have taken concrete steps to ensure that communities and individuals are able to get seamless access to much-needed resources, such as nutrition services, employment and benefits help and housing, through collaboration with local community-based organizations. This partnership will break down existing barriers between clinical and social care providers, enabling them to work together to provide comprehensive, whole-person care with trackable outcomes data.

 

Since 2008, NEHII has been committed to the secure transfer of patient clinical information among healthcare providers, emergency rooms, pharmacists and urgent care providers. Beyond the clinical care a person receives, NEHII understands that 80 percent* of a person’s health is affected by social determinants of health (SDoH) – conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health and quality of life and risk outcomes.  NEHII recognizes the critical need to incorporate community-based social care into that ecosystem, particularly in a rural state with geographic variations in access to critical services.

 

NEHII is focused on helping organizations that address SDoH to improve their workflows, track results metrics, avoid wasteful and repeated care and create a sustainable model for the long-term. In addition, NEHII believes it is critical to report on outcomes and the related financial impact on both communities and the healthcare system.

 

Unite Us is uniquely positioned to meet all those needs, with a person-centric platform and solution that provides transparency, accountability, outcomes data and seamless integration with partners’ existing technologies.

 

Key priorities of Unite Nebraska include:

  • One common SDoH platform for everyone across the state
  • Integration into the existing HIE platform to prevent silos
  • Emphasis on employment and volunteering

 

“NEHII is delighted to back a statewide infrastructure that will enable better support to address risk areas that influence health outcomes for the people of Nebraska,” says Jaime Bland, CEO of NEHII.  “The SDoH system we are building with Unite Us will enable the improvement of population-level health outcomes by creating a resource and referral system to effectively address social determinants such as safe housing, access to food, community-based resources, and more. This is one more value-added service available to clinicians and service providers in our state through the NEHII population health utility.”

 

“There’s never been a more imperative time to build statewide infrastructure than right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “This partnership will enable us to help Nebraskans as they adjust to the social and economic impact of the virus,” he adds. “It’s our honor and privilege to work with NEHII, who understands well the need for one holistic and integrated system to improve Nebraskans’ health across the state,” he adds. “We are excited to provide the state with their first golden record on individual Nebraskan needs by combining clinical and social care data in one secure location.”

 

 

About NEHII:

NEHII’s mission is to bring trust and value to health information technology by creating solutions for moving health data forward. NEHII, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a public/private governance model that includes health care providers, payers, and the State of Nebraska. NEHII is a statewide Health Information Exchange designed to share clinical and administrative data among providers in Nebraska and neighboring states. NEHII’s purpose is to achieve health care transformation through community betterment collaboration while protecting the security and privacy of medical information. Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Jane Beerman

Director, Marketing & Communications

Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII)

[email protected]

402-506-9900 ext. 223

 

Emily Rogan

Communications Manager

Unite Us

[email protected]

516-381-4781

 

 

Interested in learning more about Unite Us?

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Unite Us and Lyft Team Up to Reduce Transportation Barriers and Improve Access to Health and Social Care

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New York and San Francisco – Unite Us, the technology company that builds coordinated care networks to connect health and social care providers, announced today that it has joined forces with Lyft, the leading transportation network with national experience in healthcare, to provide ride-enabled referrals through the Unite Us platform.

 

Transportation is a barrier for people to access social care. Getting a ride to a job interview, a community center, a food pantry, or other community-based organization (CBO), is one step towards an individual meeting their goals. For healthcare, lack of transportation can lead to missed appointments, delayed care, and added stress when seeking care. In short, access to affordable and reliable transportation can have a meaningful impact on an individual’s overall health and well-being.

 

By integrating Lyft’s ridesharing services with Unite Us’ coordinated care network, thousands of people across the country will have improved access to health and social care services. Coordinators and service providers who use Unite Us to make electronic social care referrals can now order or schedule a Lyft ride on-demand to help patients access the care they need to live healthier lives. This national partnership will help meet the increasing demand for health and social care services in communities across the country.

 

“At Lyft, we recognize the role that transportation plays in unlocking access to health and social care, and we’re proud to partner with forward-thinking healthcare organizations who share this goal,” said Megan Callahan, VP of Healthcare at Lyft. “Our partnership with Unite Us represents a significant step towards improving community health and evolving the way that people can access critical medical and social care services. I’m excited to see the impact that a partnership like this will bring to local communities.”

 

Unite Us works hand-in-hand to bring together community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide services to meet people’s needs which impact health, such as income, education, and nutrition — known as social determinants of health (SDOH) — into a secure, seamless and accountable ecosystem to coordinate and track outcomes across communities. Lyft’s entry into the healthcare sector began in 2016, when the rideshare company identified an acute and unmet need for on-demand non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services. Today, Lyft partners with thousands of healthcare organizations — including leading health plans, transportation managers, and health systems — in all 50 states to reduce transportation barriers to care and improve access to programs and services that promote overall health.

 

“Unite Us has spent seven years building and refining coordinated care networks that align and connect our social and health care partners around a shared goal to improve care in communities,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “Our experience has enabled us to identify gaps in services–and transportation is a big one, everywhere,” he adds. “This partnership with Lyft will enable our partners to do an even better job of ensuring that people get the services they need when they need them.”

 

About Lyft:

Lyft was founded in 2012 and provides millions of rides daily as one of the largest and fastest-growing transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Danielle Adams

Communications Manager

[email protected]

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Emily Rogan

Communications Manager

[email protected]

516-381-4781

 

 

Interested in learning more about Unite Us?

Request a Demo

Unite Us Selected as 2020 Digital Health Startup to Watch: Honored at the JP Morgan Health Conference in San Francisco

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As one of the Top 50 in Digital Health honorees, Unite Us will be recognized with other esteemed individuals and organizations at a dinner to kick off the JP Morgan Health Conference in January 2020.

 

 

New York, New York – Unite Us, the technology company that builds and powers coordinated care networks of health and social service providers in communities throughout the country, was selected by Rock Health, Fenwick & West, Goldman Sachs, and Pacific Western Bank as the Digital Health Startup to Watch, one of several trailblazers included their annual Top 50 in Digital Health 2020.

Every year, leaders from multiple sectors including technology, investment, healthcare and journalism, are recognized for their innovation to drive technological advancement in healthcare.

The official Top 50 in Digital Health Announcement describes the honor as follows:

Within the Top 50, a number of individuals and organizations are recognized through public nominations and votes from the digital health community for going above and beyond to catalyze innovation and progress toward a massively better healthcare system. From a commitment to the clinical impact of digital health solutions to streamlining the regulatory process to investing in bold entrepreneurs, we want to recognize the people and organizations making digital health thrive.

This honor caps off a banner year during which Unite Us received significant recognition for the groundbreaking work they’re doing to transform service delivery in the healthcare industry by aligning multiple sectors to integrate health and social care. Unite Us’ person-centered technology platform and hands-on community engagement process ensures that services are delivered seamlessly to the people who need them most.

In 2019, Unite Us partnered with Kaiser Permanente, supporting their 12.3 million members, and the state of North Carolina, connecting over 17 million people to the services they need. Unite Us also partnered with CVS Health and other organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of the communities they serve. Unite Us now powers 55 networks in 23 states and has tripled in size to accommodate the growing demand for outcome-driven change across the nation.

 

About Unite Us:

 

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local communities to ensure their networks have a solid foundation of quality and accountability and continue to grow and thrive using data-driven insights. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Emily Rogan

Communications Manager

[email protected]

516-381-4781

 

 

Interested in learning more about Unite Us?

Request a Demo

Following a Year of Unprecedented Growth and Expansion, Unite Us Moves Downtown to Brand New Digs

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Unite Us headquarters moves from Tribeca to a fresh, redesigned space in the Financial District to accommodate its growing team.

 

 

New York, New York — Unite Us, the innovative technology company that builds and powers coordinated care networks of health and social service providers in communities throughout the country, has moved into brand new offices located at 217 Broadway, Manhattan.

 

By the end of 2019, Unite Us will have grown from one office in New York City to seven nationwide, with networks operating in 30 states and triple the number of team members.

 

This rapid growth is in response to the demand for health and social care providers to find better solutions to address people’s comprehensive needs. Unite Us’ intuitive and seamless technology—coupled with team members working within communities to train and support partners—is changing the traditional care delivery model to one that holds providers accountable and targets outcomes. In this rapidly-changing industry, Unite Us is poised to provide the national infrastructure that will facilitate sustainable, systemic change.

 

The Unite Us team and culture are critical to the company’s success. To that end, the new headquarters is bigger, brighter and has more space to foster collaboration and spark innovation.

 

“We focus not only on the expansion of our physical footprint but on our culture and how that transfers across the country—making sure everyone knows they are a part of the Unite Us family,” says Kelly Binder, Chief of Staff at Unite Us. “Our spaces are designed to create an environment where our team feels creative, productive and comfortable. And since we launched our first network in New York City almost seven years ago, we’re particularly proud that we’ve moved our team into this amazing location.”

 

As the company gains momentum and advances towards its goal to have Unite Us-powered networks in all 50 states, the new headquarters is ready for Unite Us to double in size in New York City alone. In addition, Unite Us continues to expand in other states, including a recently opened second headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

 

About Unite Us:

 

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

 

Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Emily Rogan

Communications Manager

[email protected]

516-381-4781

 

 

Interested in learning more about Unite Us?

Request a Demo