Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has entered into a strategic partnership with Story Health, which has a specialty care platform solution to extend access to high-quality heart and vascular care for patients with heart failure.
Intermountain said its objective for the partnership is to enhance care for patients and provide an optimal experience for heart patients and their families — including improved adherence to medications and more personalization of care pathways to enhance care for patients.
Clinicians at 33-hospital Intermountain and Story Health coaches will work collaboratively to personalize patient treatments and stay in close contact with patients as they carry out their care plans.
Health coaches are available to respond to patient questions via email, text, or calls – not only reminding them about important medication changes, but ensuring that patients have access to the medications and can safely make changes in between visits with their care providers.
“The Intermountain Heart and Vascular team continuously evaluates innovative ways to enhance the value of care we deliver,” said Sheralee Petersen, executive clinical director of the Intermountain Heart and Vascular Program, in a statement. “This collaboration with Story Health is an excellent example, offering a new approach to engaging and empowering patients. Together we aim to reduce heart failure mortality and readmissions while improving quality of life through evidence-based care.”
“Our solution combines the latest AI-integrated electronic health record technology with real health coaches to directly identify and address the most disruptive barriers to a disconnected patient journey,” said Tom Stanis, CEO and co-founder of Cupertino, Calif.-based Story Health, in a statement.
“Story Health offers a novel way to improve how medications are optimized using an electronic monitoring platform coupled with health coaches to put the clinical team’s plan in place,” added Kismet Rasmusson, NP, a cardiovascular nurse practitioner with the Intermountain Healthcare Heart and Vascular Program, in a statement.
The initial work between Intermountain and Story Health will be a program that implements Story Health’s platform into the Intermountain system. The program is already underway, and whitepapers with the program results will be published in late 2023.
Story Health also has partnered with Delaware-based ChristianaCare to optimize use of heart failure medications.