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Unified Group Services Participates in Indiana Health Information Exchange's Innovative Quality Reporting and Healthcare Disease Management Service
Date:5/27/2009

Indiana-based payer adds value-driven Quality Health First program as a mechanism for improving patient care

INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Providing more Hoosiers with an innovative approach to quality healthcare, Anderson, Ind.-based Unified Group Services, a third party administrator, is participating in the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)'s Quality Health First (QHF) program, which helps physicians and patients achieve better health outcomes and helps reduce the overall cost of care. Unified Group Services is the first third party administrator to participate in QHF.

The QHF program was designed by IHIE and the Employers' Forum of Indiana, building upon a system that securely aggregates and accurately delivers patient information such as lab results, medication histories, treatment histories and other clinical data in a standardized, electronic format, across all providers. This information helps to improve patients' health and care management.

The QHF service, which is available at no cost to physicians, allows them to view a list of their patients who are due for preventive screenings and chronic disease follow-up care for conditions like diabetes and heart disease, along with screenings like mammography and well-child visits. Currently over 900 physicians have signed up to participate in the service.

"As our newest partner in the Quality Health First program, Unified Group Services is providing its members with a cutting-edge service that brings proactive information to physicians in order to improve the quality of patient care," said Dr. J. Marc Overhage, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. "This innovative approach is transforming healthcare delivery, and patients throughout the state of Indiana will benefit from Unified's progressive move."

Overhage also serves as Director of Medical Informatics at the Regenstri
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