SonarMD, a company at the forefront of value-based care in digestive health, has entered into new partnerships with gastroenterology practices in Illinois. This collaboration is part of an agreement with a significant health plan in the state. SonarMD’s primary focus is to work alongside practices to proactively manage the health of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, between their in-office visits.
Patient Monitoring: IBD patients associated with these practices and members of the health plan will have complimentary access to the user-friendly SonarMD tool. This tool allows patients to monitor their GI symptoms privately at home. If the program detects a patient’s deteriorating condition, SonarMD evaluates their needs and enables the patient’s care teams to address them promptly, potentially preventing an emergency room visit or hospitalization.
Benefits of SonarMD: Rocky Yapp, MD, a gastroenterologist with Digestive Health Services (a division of GI Partners of Illinois), expressed enthusiasm about partnering with SonarMD. He emphasized the tool’s ability to enhance patient care between office visits without increasing the staff’s workload. The primary goal is to elevate the quality of care for patients grappling with this intricate and challenging disease.
Cost Savings: The U.S. spends approximately $136 billion annually on digestive health. A significant portion of this expenditure is due to chronic gut health conditions with unpredictable and challenging symptoms. SonarMD’s solution has proven effective in preventing ER visits and hospitalizations among IBD patients.
SonarMD’s Vision: Beth Houck, CEO of SonarMD, highlighted the importance of their partnerships with GI providers. Their approach allows GI practices to monitor their patients’ health closely, enhancing loyalty, improving outcomes, and reducing high-cost care instances.
The company collaborates with health plans and GI practices to facilitate value-based care. They utilize remote patient monitoring, algorithms, and expert support to help GI practices proactively identify and address emerging health issues. Their method has been proven to maintain better health for individuals and assist health plans in reducing costs by 15% per member annually.