SACRAMENTO -- While the recent rollout of “Obamacare” has taken its share of hits, a Sacramento technology company sees a silver lining in the new health law.
Ten2Eleven Business Solutions, LLC has announced the creation of a new division to provide data analytics and custom software solutions for healthcare providers, focusing on the burgeoning field of accountable care organizations, said Ten2Eleven Chief Executive Officer, Jason Kuechler.
Created under the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are a fairly new innovation, whereby groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers unite to provide coordinated, high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. ACOs differ from the traditional “fee-for-service” model by offering coordinated, seamless care to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, receive the proper care at the right time. This results in better patient experiences, outcomes and cost savings.
ACOs accomplish this through improved communication and coordination between care providers, thereby reducing admissions, avoiding unnecessary duplicative services, preventing medical errors, all the while keeping people healthier, Kuechler noted. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it shares in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program. The ACO framework is also being widely adopted by commercial health insurers, such as Blue Shield of California.
The company’s new venture — called Ten2Eleven Accountable Care Solutions — provides data analytics and custom software solutions for healthcare providers. The company is currently focused on ACOs, but its services are applicable to any type of provider, including physician groups and hospital systems. Ten2Eleven specializes in integrating data from disparate data sources, such as electronic medical records, laboratories and pharmacies, into powerful, user-friendly database applications. “This new business provides healthcare quality measurement, dashboarding, and other custom solutions that can be tailored to an organization's business needs,” Kuechler said. The new division is a strategic step forward for the company, which has been providing data analytics and business intelligence solutions for Fortune 15 pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare providers for 17 years.
Kuechler also announced the recruitment of three health industry professionals to lead the new venture.
Regina Cabral Jones, who joined the company in January, spearheads Ten2Eleven’s new healthcare division. Ms. Jones, formerly an attorney with the healthcare practice group at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper and the now-defunct McDonough Holland and Allen law firm, brings many years of experience in the healthcare industry to this technology group. “As a healthcare lawyer who is deeply familiar with Medicare ACO regulations as well as provider operations, Regina is well-suited to work with providers to identify their needs and create solutions,” said Kuechler.
Participating on the company's advisory board is ACO and healthcare veteran Robert Novelli, former Chief Operating Officer of Heritage California ACO, and Executive Vice President at Blue Shield. Mr. Novelli's accomplishments include running Heritage California ACO, one of California‘s successful Pioneer ACOs. “We are very excited to partner with Robert in this groundbreaking new area,” Kuechler said. “His extensive experience with ACO operations will be invaluable in developing innovative technology for existing and aspiring accountable care organizations.”
Also on the advisory board is noted local physician and businessman, E. Scott "Skip" Rosenbloom MD, MPH. Dr. Rosenbloom brings a breadth of healthcare experience as a health plan medical director, founder and CEO of a managed care company, surgery center operator, and seven years in practice in emergency and occupational medicine.
Recognizing the opportunity afforded by accountable care organizations, Ten2Eleven recently built a patient registry and care recommendation system for a large multi-specialty physician group practice. The system targeted at-risk patient populations by analyzing patient demographic and clinical data, and recommended a specific set of preventative care guidelines based on nationally recognized quality measures (such as childhood immunizations, diabetic eye exams, and cancer screenings). Physicians could then recommend the most appropriate, evidence-based treatments and tests tailored to a specific patient’s risk and disease factors, resulting in more efficient, timelier care for the patient. The resulting database and rules engine can also be used to report both within the organization and externally on quality metrics and performance.
Ten2Eleven has also demonstrated success in other fields involving big data. The company collaborated with scientists at UC Davis’ Department of Entomology in 2010 in designing a process that utilized Ecoinformatics as a creditable means of scientific experimentation in cotton cultivation in the U.S. Ten2Eleven’s consultants worked with UC Davis to combine more than a decade’s worth of cotton farming data into a powerful, user-friendly tool that allowed scientists to glean intelligence from trends in the data. The resulting success was featured in the Journal of Economic Entomology in 2011.