UPMC invests in Vivify population health technology

UPMC invests in Vivify population health technology

Deal puts focus on mobile population health, chronic care management.

UPMC Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Pittsburgh-based UPMC health system, has become both a customer and an investor of Vivify Health, a Plano, Texas-based company that promises to break down the walls when it comes to delivering care.

Neither UPMC nor Vivify would disclose how much UPMC invested in the company.

Vivify Health’s technology is in play at some of the largest health systems in the country. The technology is deployed by 500 hospitals and payer organizations to manage, monitor and engage patient populations of all sizes and risk levels, executives said.

“Health plans and providers are laser focused on population health management right now but they’re struggling to take the vital step of engaging patients in a way that makes it easy for patients,” said Eric Rock, CEO of Vivify.

Vivify was founded in 2009. According to Rock, it was the first company to offer a cloud-based solution for mobile population health and chronic care management using any consumer mobile device.

“We think it’s the magic bullet that finally makes true population health management practical and easy for health plans, providers and consumers,” he said.

Tal Heppenstall, president of UPMC Enterprises, agreed.

“As a health system – particularly an integrated health system, it’s in the best interest of our patients, and it’s in our best interest to keep them out of the hospital,” he said.

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