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Curaspan Health Group Grows Customer Base by Nearly 30 Percent

News from Curaspan this morning, the company’s customer base grew 26% in 2010…they now work with more than 4,100 providers across the US.  Curaspan is a healthcare IT vendor focused on improving patient transitions from one level of care to the next (e.g. hospital to post-acute care).

Curaspan helped set the standard for the secure electronic exchange of clinical information more than a decade ago.  The connectivity they provide to hospitals and post-acute care providers is also a core competency for ACO’s and other emerging models of care – and with landmark reform legislation before the Supreme Court and Medicare reimbursement rates set to be tied to a hospital’s “quality of care,” 2012 promises to be a big year as well.

New hospital customers include: Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Del.; Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Md.; Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman, Ala.; Heartland Health in St. Joseph, Mo.; Health Quest in LaGrangeville, N.Y.; IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn.; Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky.; Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash.; Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y.; and University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque, N.M.

New post acute provider customers include: Critical Care Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accredo Health Group in Memphis; Avante Group in Hollywood, Fla.; LaVie Care Centers in Tampa, Fla.; National HealthCare Corporation in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Select Specialty Hospitals in Mechanicsburg, Penn.; and Skilled Healthcare in Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Expands National Footprint of SaaS Applications, Increases Staff to Meet Demand

NEWTON, Mass. — January 19, 2012 — Curaspan Health Group®, the industry leader in building secure electronic patient-transition networks for hospitals, post-acute providers and payers to optimize patient care, is starting the new year with strong momentum from 2011. With more than 4,100 customers in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, the company’s customer base grew by 26 percent last year, according to Curaspan president and CEO Thomas R. Ferry.

“Providers increasingly recognize the need for technology that can break down the walls that exist between different departments, internally as well as externally,” said Ferry. “Our Synchronized Patient Management™ portfolio of applications enables them to take a holistic approach to patient care with everyone on the same platform, working together to drive toward the same outcomes.”

Curaspan debuted DischargeCentral® last year, a major upgrade to eDischarge™ which revolutionized discharge planning more than 10 years ago. Built on a flexible new platform, DischargeCentral extends the capabilities of the discharge-planning software-as-a-service (SaaS) application for use in every level of care.

In addition to DischargeCentral for discharge planning, the Curaspan Synchronized Patient Management portfolio of applications includes RideCentral® for non-emergent transport ordering and dispatch and ReferralCentral® for referral management. Users experience unparalleled performance to transition patients efficiently from one level of care to another; in 2011, application uptime was 99.996 percent.

“Connectivity and good care transitions are fundamental to who we are and how we provide quality care, and Curaspan has helped support our success,” said Joe DiResta, director of business planning at SunBridge Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest nursing-home companies, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. “With ReferralCentral enabling the secure and timely transmission of patient data, we operate more efficiently and deepen our relationships with referring facilities.”

New Curaspan post-acute clients include Critical Care Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accredo Health Group in Memphis; Avante Group in Hollywood, Fla.; LaVie Care Centers in Tampa, Fla.; National HealthCare Corporation in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Select Specialty Hospitals in Mechanicsburg, Penn.; and Skilled Healthcare in Foothill Ranch, Calif.

“Curaspan provides a platform that allows for good clinical handoffs,” said Dawn Kowalski, operations manager at Riverside Health System in Newport News, Va. “This is a win-win for both the referring and receiving facilities and for the ultimate goal of excellent transitional care for our patients.” (See the Riverside case study.)

Among new Curaspan hospital clients are Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Del.; Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Md.; Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman, Ala.; Heartland Health in St. Joseph, Mo.; Health Quest in LaGrangeville, N.Y.; IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn.; Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky.; Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash.; Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y.; and University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque, N.M.

To meet demand for its portfolio of applications and advisory services that help cut readmissions and LOS while increasing productivity, Curaspan grew its staff by 60 percent in 2011 and continues to recruit top-notch talent.

Founded in 1999, Curaspan set the standard for the secure transmission of clinical data about patients moving from one level of care to another. Among its customers are Johns Hopkins Health System, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Thomas Health Services (part of Ascension Health), Vanguard Health Systems, Amedisys Home Health Services, American Medical Response, Gentiva Health Services, Golden LivingCenters and Life Care Centers of America.

About Curaspan Health Group

Curaspan Health Group builds secure electronic patient-transition networks for hospitals, post-acute providers and payers to optimize patient care. Curaspan software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications empower users with real-time, predictive decision-making data that enables all participants to continuously monitor care, improve communication and ensure compliance. This informatics exchange is integrated with the proprietary Curaspan Provider Data Bank™, the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-date system of actionable patient-transition intelligence, and is complemented by the clinical process expertise of credentialed advisors. The Health Care Advisory Board and KLAS repeatedly have recognized Curaspan for its industry-leading software. Curaspan is headquartered in Newton, Mass. For more information please visit Curaspan.com.

January 20, 2012 I Written By

Curaspan Health Group Taps Tom MacDougall as First Chief Technology Officer

New Executive Role Added to Support Growing Demand for Curaspan Patient-Transition Solutions

NEWTON, Mass., June 21, 2011 — Curaspan Health Group, the industry leader in building secure electronic patient-transition networks for hospitals, post-acute providers and suppliers, today announced that Tom MacDougall has joined the company as chief technology officer.  An accomplished IT executive, MacDougall will lead the Curaspan product-management and engineering teams as the company continues to grow and expand its offerings.

Curaspan industry-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications enable almost 400 hospitals and more than 3,200 post-acute providers across the United States to exchange relevant, timely data about patient needs as they move from one level of care to another. As chief technology officer, MacDougall assumes responsibility for diversifying the Curaspan product portfolio that includes eDischarge™ for discharge planning, ReferralCentral™ for referral management and RideCentral™ for non-emergent transport ordering and dispatch.

“Tom excels at leading cross-disciplinary teams to deliver market-leading solutions that deliver a superior client experience,” said Ken Manning, chief operating officer at Curaspan. “As we continue to expand our product and service offerings, we know Tom will have an immediate and significant positive impact on our growing business.”

MacDougall joins Curaspan from Ingenix, a global health-care IT company owned by UnitedHealthcare where he was vice president of product technology. He is an expert in the design and implementation of mission-critical IT solutions, as well as in developing and managing high-performing technical teams. He’s held technology leadership positions at Putnam Investments, WorldStreet Corporation, Fidelity Investments and New Balance Athletic Shoe.

“Curaspan has been an early leader in health-care IT innovation, and I am excited about building on the company vision for connected, high-quality patient care,” said MacDougall. “The unique capabilities that Curaspan has developed to synchronize patient management across the continuum of care are unrivaled. I’m delighted to be part of such a talented team.”

Curaspan HIPAA-compliant SaaS applications provide clinicians and case managers with actionable data to efficiently match patient needs with available resources. By streamlining patient transitions, Curaspan enables providers to improve care and by extension, the bottom line. In 2010, Curaspan customers dramatically reduced preventable readmissions and saved almost $260 million.

Curaspan works with many of the nation’s top hospitals and post-acute care providers, including Johns Hopkins Health System, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Thomas Health Services (part of Ascension Health), Riverside Health System, Sentara Healthcare, Indiana University Health Bloomington, Vanguard Health Systems, Apria Healthcare, American Medical Response, Gentiva Health Services, Golden LivingCenters, Life Care Centers of America and SunBridge Healthcare, among many others.

About Curaspan Health Group
Curaspan Health Group builds secure electronic patient-transition networks for hospitals, post-acute providers and suppliers to optimize patient care. Curaspan software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications empower users with real-time, predictive decision-making data that enables all participants to continuously monitor care, improve communication and ensure compliance. This informatics exchange is integrated with the proprietary Curaspan Provider Data Bank, the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-date system of actionable patient-transition intelligence, and is complemented by the clinical process expertise of credentialed advisors. The Health Care Advisory Board and KLAS repeatedly have recognized Curaspan for its industry-leading software. Curaspan is headquartered in Newton, Mass. For more information please visit Curaspan.com <http://connect.curaspan.com/> , or tell us how to contact you <http://connect.curaspan.com/Contact>.

David Hintz, Controller
A CPA with a diverse financial background and broad experience with technology start-ups, David Hintz leads the Curaspan finance team that includes budgeting, reporting, and revenue and billing operations. Before joining Curaspan, David was the controller at athenahealth, Inc., where he guided the company through its IPO and was responsible for ensuring compliance with finance requirements. David also has held senior positions with One Communications, the largest privately held regional provider of telecommunications services in the United States, Commerce.TV and Coopers & Lybrand. He graduated from Babson College with a BA in accounting.

Tom MacDougall, Chief Technology Officer
A versatile IT executive with extensive expertise in the design and implementation of mission-critical systems, applications, infrastructure and supporting processes, Tom MacDougall leads product management and engineering at Curaspan. Previously he was vice president of product technology at Ingenix, the global health-care information and technology company owned by UnitedHealthcare. Tom also held senior technology positions at Putnam Investments, WorldStreet Corporation, Fidelity Investments, New Balance Athletic Shoe and Reebok. Throughout his career, Tom has received multiple awards for excellence in leading teams that develop innovative products and create a superior customer experience.

June 24, 2011 I Written By