Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS), United Way of Greater Topeka, and Stormont Vail Health have partnered with Healthify to launch the Northeast Kansas Community Network – a connected network of health care and social service organizations serving Northeast Kansas. The Northeast Kansas Community Network (network) is being funded through support from BCBSKS.
The network services are intended to close the gap between clinical and non-clinical organizations. Through the Healthify platform and the network, health care provider organizations and community resources are connected to provide whole-person care to the most vulnerable members of the community. The overall benefits of the network include stronger collaboration, better ability to measure and gauge impact of services, streamlined care coordination, and an emphasis on value-based care.
With this new network, a health care professional will be able to access the Healthify platform to search their community and surrounding communities for the resources their consumers need and refer them directly to community organizations. Stormont Vail is playing a vital role in the network as the leading health care provider in its community and a key starting point for many of the necessary referrals.
Stormont Vail Health is a non-profit integrated health system that has served the health care needs of Kansas for more than 130 years. It is composed of Stormont Vail Hospital, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 500 health care professionals, including more than 250 physicians. Nearly 5,300 employees provide care and support services for consumers in the hospital and 35 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics, and 10 regional primary care clinics. The organization’s care teams will use the Healthify platform to make referrals to community organizations to address consumers’ social needs.
The United Way of Greater Topeka brings together people, companies, and non-profit organizations. The network currently has 13 signed community partners in Shawnee County, Kansas spanning key social service domains accepting referrals for more than 180 services. The infrastructure of the network will enable community-based organizations, such as Topeka Habitat for Humanity or Meals on Wheels, to enter deeper partnerships with health care professionals and more easily connect with those in need of assistance.
BCBSKS is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
Healthify builds the infrastructure to support social determinants of health initiatives at scale. The company builds and manages accountable networks of community-based organizations and provides the necessary interoperable technology platform to allow the health care sector to coordinate care within the network. Healthify works with health plans, provider organizations, and community partners in all 50 states.
For more information about the Northeast Kansas Community Network, visit https://get.healthify.us/join-northeast-kansas-community-network (accessed January 23, 2021).
This was reported by Healthify on January 11, 2021.