TransforMED and RelayHealth Align to Provide Patient-Centered Health Care Connectivity Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Contact:
Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
jdavis@aafp.org

ATLANTA – October 27, 2010 – TransforMED, the national leader in patient-centered medical home transformation, and RelayHealth, a leader in clinical, financial and administrative health care connectivity, announced a strategic alliance to offer solutions that will improve health care delivery within the PCMH model of care.

Recognizing that the alignment of people, processes and technology is essential to the PCMH model, TransforMED and RelayHealth are committed to helping primary care practices implement patient-centered technology to address the complex communication needs of patients, doctors, payors and pharmacies. RelayHealth and TransforMED offer the most comprehensive and experienced support on the market to practices working to become patient-centered medical homes, while also helping them streamline time-consuming administrative tasks, such as appointment scheduling and prescription fill requests.

“Findings from TransforMED’s two-year National Demonstration Project showed that patient engagement and communication are critical to the success of the patient-centered medical home model,” said Jim Bodenbender, president, RelayHealth Connectivity Solutions. “RelayHealth’s patient-centered technologies connect patients via the Internet with their doctors and other members of their care management team. It also allows patients to access their own personal health records as well as other PCMH services. In addition, the technology allows physicians to connect with other physicians, payors, pharmacies and health care providers to obtain secure online access to real-time information on behalf of patients.”

TransforMED will support providers as they work to achieve PCMH accreditation through hands-on facilitation, team-building and collaborative retreats, and tailored training to help practices measurably improve in three critical areas: patient care, financial sustainability, and increased physician and staff satisfaction. RelayHealth’s web-based solutions provide a secure and interoperable platform to support the developing HIT infrastructure necessary to fundamentally change the delivery of care going forward.

“By implementing the PCMH model and ensuring the appropriate technologies are in place, health care providers will improve care coordination and service delivery through enhanced communication between patients, doctors, health plans and pharmacies,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. “This has the potential to lower costs, decrease errors and boost quality, ultimately resulting in happier, healthier, more informed patients.”

As more physicians and payors embrace the PCMH model in response to health care reform initiatives, the services available from RelayHealth and TransforMED will help them more quickly embrace and implement the model within their practices. From large, health system-owned practices to small, solo-physician practices, the efficiencies gained through the use of patient-centered technology will improve the experience for all parties involved in each health care encounter.

“Medical home adoption is critical to the viability of primary care in the United States,” McGeeney said. “We are pleased to partner with RelayHealth to move this innovative model of care forward with a focus on patient engagement and improved communication within the health care delivery system.”

About TransforMED
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a patient-centered medical home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit www.transformed.com(www.transformed.com).

About RelayHealth
RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, operates as a neutral partner in an open network environment, offering connectivity services and integration among all organizations, systems, and solutions. Its intelligent network is designed to streamline clinical, financial and administrative communication between patients, providers, payors, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and financial institutions. RelayHealth works to accelerate the delivery of high-quality care and improve financial performance through solutions such as online consultation of physicians by patients, electronic prescribing, point-of-service pharmacy claims resolution by payors, pre-visit patient financial clearance by providers, and post-visit provider bill settlement by payors and patients. RelayHealth securely processes more than 12.8 billion financial and clinical transactions annually. For more information, call 888.743.8735, or visit our Web site at www.RelayHealth.com(www.relayhealth.com). Follow us on Twitter (@RelayHealth) (twitter.com)or like the RelayHealth Facebook page.(www.facebook.com)