Texas Hospital Association endorses technology to help hospitals manage frequent emergency department patients and decrease inappropriate opioid use

Partnership arms care teams with real-time information at the point of care

(Austin – May 22, 2018) The Texas Hospital Association officially endorsed Collective Medical in a partnership to help hospitals build a community-based network of communications to identify and support complex patient populations.

The partnership also supports THA’s recent voluntary guidelines for hospital emergency department prescribers of opioids by arming care teams with real-time, relevant patient opioid prescribing information at the point of care. Armed with this information, physicians can identify patients who might be at risk for opioid misuse. With opioid overdose deaths increasing, hospitals are taking the lead to change prescribing habits and educate providers and the public about the risks of opioid use.

Collective currently partners with more than a dozen state hospital associations. Collective’s real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration platform serves all points of care, including in-patient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as ACOs and health plans.

“Collective is proven to improve patient outcomes in states across the country, and it is an invaluable tool for hospitals combating the opioid epidemic,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “We’re excited to join this movement and give our members access to the Collective network to empower care teams throughout Texas to more effectively meet patient needs.”

The Collective network has improved care collaboration in health care organizations across the country. For example, CHI St. Anthony’s Hospital, a critical access hospital located in Pendleton, Oregon, reduced visits by identified frequent ED patients by 50 percent within six months of implementing Collective EDie. Within one year, the hospital reduced narcotic prepack prescriptions coming out of the ED by 60 percent and realized hospital cost savings of $200,000.

“We’re a mission-driven company with an ambitious goal: to help catch patients before they fall,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re so honored to collaborate with THA and its members to drive efforts to identify complex patients and support the most vulnerable among us. We’re pleased to have diverse partnerships with state hospital associations, health information exchanges and other public and private entities to make true care coordination a reality.”

Collective is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s fastest growing companies.

Learn more about Collective’s impact at www.collectivemedical.com.



Lance Lunsford, chief marketing officer
Email: llunsford@tha.org
Twitter: @lancelunsford

Kat McDavitt, Collective Medical – Head of Marketing
Email: katmcdavitt@innsena.com

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About THA
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.

About Collective Media
Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care. With a nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands of providers, Collective’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by care teams to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based in Salt Lake City, Collective is proven to streamline transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce medically unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at www.collectivemedical.com and Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.