SSM Health Signs Agreement with Empiric Health to Reduce Unnecessary Clinical Variation

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019

Empiric Health, a leader in the technology-enabled service industry, announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with SSM Health, a not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.

The agreement is designed to improve clinical outcomes, create operational efficiencies, and reduce overall cost of care in surgical and procedural services for SSM Health.  The scope of the engagement will span ministries across the health system and will focus on reducing unnecessary clinical variation.

Empiric Health's cohort methodology groups clinically comparable procedures to make true like-for-like comparisons in cost, quality, and outcomes measures.  Empiric and SSM Health are working directly with surgeons to accurately analyze and compare their cost and outcomes data to those of their peers in order to identify areas of opportunity and best practice.

"SSM Health is known for providing high-quality healthcare services through the engagement of our exceptional physicians and caregivers," said Michael Gray, System Vice President – Supply Chain for SSM Health. "Our data-driven relationship with Empiric Health will help further this work by identifying and reducing clinical and operational variation. By widely implementing physician-led best practices that exist within our health system, we expect to further optimize our clinical outcomes and continue to provide the quality care for which we are known."

Rick Adam, Chief Executive Officer for Empiric Health, said: "SSM Health is a market leader with a strong history of providing high quality care, and we are proud to collaborate with them to reduce variation and improve outcomes for their patients."



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