Innovation Is VITAL.

Our vision for trans­for­ma­tion

At VITAL, we’re driven to iden­tify and bring the best health inno­va­tions to our cus­tomers and ensure we are a next-gen­er­a­tion leader in trans­form­ing care.

The VITAL test-and-learn engine

Solv­ing Unmet Needs

Improve Go-to Market speed by lever­aging claims-level and clin­i­cal out­comes in an accel­er­ated real-world test envi­ron­ment, pro­duc­ing evi­dence for com­mer­cial prod­ucts.

Con­firms via­bil­ity

VITAL stud­ies gen­er­ate evi­dence that can lead to reduced med­ical spend, improved qual­ity out­comes, and enhanced patient access to new tech­nolo­gies.

Inte­grat­ing work

By con­nect­ing tech­nol­ogy lead­ers to an inte­grated clin­i­cian net­work and target pop­u­la­tions, VITAL’s unique posi­tion offers access to claims data, clin­i­cal out­comes, and cost ana­lyt­ics par­tic­i­pat­ing mem­bers in the largest com­mer­cial health plan in Penn­syl­va­nia.

VITAL is an innovation platform that identifies best-in-class solutions, connects health care innovators to facilitate product testing, by generating evidence, and influencing market adoption.

Dri­ving the future of health care

VITAL is a High­mark Health-funded pro­gram. High­mark Health is a lead­ing national health and well­ness orga­ni­za­tion and the second largest inte­grated deliv­ery and financ­ing system (IDFS) in the U.S., by rev­enue.

Why VITAL is Unique
Why VITAL is Unique

VITAL matches you with the right col­lab­o­ra­tors who can get you evi­dence faster.

Good solu­tions often get delayed because they lack the evi­dence to back them up. VITAL cre­ates a path for­ward by guid­ing med­ical solu­tions through nec­es­sary steps towards gain­ing wide­spread market adop­tion.

Frag­mented paths to market

Get­ting new ideas in front of doc­tors and health insur­ers is still overly com­plex.

Pri­or­i­tiz­ing sim­plic­ity

We match tech­nol­ogy lead­ers and top clin­i­cians who have influ­ence over health care and cov­erage. Once you make con­tact with us and your project gets approved, we can arrange a real-world test of a prod­uct or idea. This typ­i­cally hap­pens within three months.

No coor­di­na­tion

Gath­er­ing all of the data and evi­dence nec­es­sary to sup­port inno­va­tion is incon­sis­tent and lacks coor­di­na­tion.

Seam­less inte­gra­tion

We are uniquely suited to bring together:

  • Doc­tors
  • Research insti­tute
  • Care­fully tar­geted patient pop­u­la­tions
  • Advanced claim infor­ma­tion, clin­i­cal data, and cost ana­lyt­ics from eli­gi­ble mem­bers that par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram from the largest com­mer­cial health plan in Penn­syl­va­nia.
Lack of infor­ma­tion

Solu­tion adop­tion deci­sions lack expe­ri­ence data — from both patients and clin­i­cians.

Data that makes a dif­fer­ence

We iden­tify projects that are pre­dicted to meet or exceed indus­try stan­dards. And we help gather real-world care qual­ity, cost, and expe­ri­ence data to sup­port them.

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Why was the VITAL program created?

In an effort to pro­mote inno­va­tion in a highly com­pet­i­tive West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia market, High­mark Health designed the VITAL pro­gram to sup­port clin­i­cian efforts to cre­atively solve for care deliv­ery chal­lenges.
Since its launch in 2015 the VITAL pro­gram has become a cen­tral mech­a­nism for fos­ter­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion — and dri­ving value — across High­mark Health: Providers are rewarded for inno­v­a­tive think­ing and fund­ing to pro­pose and cham­pion solu­tions to key issues; eli­gi­ble mem­bers of a Penn­syl­va­nia health plan gain ear­lier access to promis­ing new treat­ment options with proven out­comes; and the Penn­syl­va­nia health plan derives med­ical policy effi­cien­cies and cost sav­ings as clin­i­cally- and cost-effec­tive solu­tions are adopted.

What is the duration of VITAL tests?

Typ­i­cal end-to-end eval­u­a­tion processes span 6 – 18 months, depend­ing on the qual­ity of evi­dence avail­able for review prior to test launch. The VITAL team eval­u­ates new solu­tions and con­ducts tests in par­al­lel as capac­ity allows.

What types of solutions are tested?

The VITAL team eval­u­ates health care tech­nolo­gies, labs, and/​or processes that are com­mer­cially avail­able and have received FDA approval — or other cer­ti­fi­ca­tion equiv­a­lents (e.g., CLIA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for labs) — but have not yet received cov­er­age under most health plan med­ical poli­cies. Fur­ther­more, can­di­dates are pri­or­i­tized based on align­ment between a solution’s evi­dence deficits and High­mark Health/​VITAL capa­bil­i­ties. Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ther­a­pies are not being tested at this time, though the pro­gram may expand to eval­u­ate phar­ma­co­log­i­cal prod­ucts in the future.

What is the size of the member population available for VITAL studies?

VITAL tests cur­rently draw on data from more than 5 mil­lion health plan mem­bers.

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Meet Our Team

VITAL develops the evidence that is needed to support new innovations. The process is focused and built to achieve results quickly. Our team is experienced and passionate about producing results.

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