HGE Health And Change Healthcare Collaborate To Enable Value-based COPD Care Transformation

PHILADELPHIA  -- It will start with COPD.  But the transformation should know no bounds.  HGE Health, a healthcare technology company that works worldwide with pulmonary surgeons, physicians and patients, is joining with healthcare information technology giant Change Healthcare to rapidly accelerate the industry’s evolution to value-based care for COPD, pulmonary issues and a host of other critical diseases.

The alliance, which is already underway, is expected to help Change Healthcare expand their capabilities in population healthcare management, close communications gaps between health plans and care providers and assist the company in more actively supporting their primary care physicians, particularly in targeting major chronic conditions.  

For HGE, the move will place its innovative digital health platform into the hands of likely millions more critical patients and their physicians.  

Based in Philadelphia,  HGE Health has built an international reputation in the field of COPD and pulmonary medicine helping COPD, lung transplant and other respiratory patients and physicians control pulmonary issues.  It recently expanded its technologies deeper into the cardiovascular, diabetes and oncology fields.   Change Healthcare , which is headquartered in Nashville, works with providers, patients and payors worldwide to aid them in enabling improved patient care, choice and outcomes.

“This is an exciting opportunity for HGE to accelerate data-driven personalized medicine and help physicians better direct the health and disease issues of their patients while supporting health plans in controlling the cost of that care,” said Michael J. Markus, PhD., CEO of HGE Health.  “Change Healthcare is an exceptional leader in the healthcare industry today and it’s gratifying to be adding our capabilities to their capabilities.”

The HGE digital telemedicine platform and mobile app allow physicians to remotely care for a patient from anywhere in the nation, regardless if they are awaiting/recovering from a lung transplant or experiencing other medical issues.  Thanks to a daily digital interaction with their healthcare team, the mobile app provides patients peace of mind that, pre-surgery, they stand an increased chance of keeping their health stable and remaining on a lung transplant waiting list.  More importantly, post-surgery, or in simple health support situations, patients benefit from daily connectivity with their care team, ensuring the patient has the best chance to avoid post-procedure complications and readmission or to simply better maintain their health.

The technology is doing the same for patients with other critical care issues.  “Change Healthcare is focused on building partnerships and collaborations between payers, providers and their patients,” said John Wallace, Change Healthcare Senior Vice President & General Manager, Accountable Care Services.  “So, tapping best-in-class digital patient care tools like HGE Health’s platform is, to us, the right move that will allow us to support our expanding customer footprint of payers, primary care physicians, and Accountable Care Organizations across the country.  This is especially important as all U.S. health system participants refocus on understanding and better managing major chronic conditions.  We believe this innovative technology will be a true difference maker for us and our physicians.”


About HGE Health - HGE Health harnesses its deep experience in chronic disease management and digital health in pulmonary disease, telemedicine and mobile health to develop a clinical services platform that delivers better care faster at a much lower cost for patients, physicians and payors.  Built on clinical protocols developed and supported by 16 years of research, the company’s technology has compiled the longest running and world’s largest longitudinal data set of COPD symptoms, interventions and clinical management to help physicians provide care for a geographically and socio-economically diverse COPD and pulmonary patient population.

About Change Healthcare - Change Healthcare is inspiring a better healthcare system. Working alongside our customers and partners, we leverage our software and analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services to enable better patient care, choice, and outcomes at scale. As a key catalyst of a value-based healthcare system, the company is accelerating the journey toward improved lives and healthier communities.