Breaking through the barriers to better care delivery.

VITAL gives you the opportunity to help make the latest medical solutions more widely available, improve patient experiences, and lower costs.

Ways for a clinician to engage with VITAL

If you are an Allegheny Health Network or affil­i­ated inde­pen­dent clin­i­cian, you can join VITAL in its effort to trans­form health care.

Achieve thought lead­er­ship recog­ni­tion for guiding new solu­tions adop­tion

Fast-​track solu­tions for adop­tion

Guide appli­ca­tion review, test design, and program direc­tion

Guide clin­ical capa­bil­i­ties devel­op­ment

Serve as clin­ical lead for VITAL test-​and-​learn project

Do you already have a tech­nology company you would like to refer and act as clin­ical lead for in the VITAL test process?

  • Achieve thought leadership recognition for guiding new solutions adoption
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption
  • Guide application review, test design, and program direction
  • Guide clinical capabilities development
  • Serve as clinical lead for VITAL test-and-learn project

Do you want register to be noti­fied of future test oppor­tu­ni­ties?

  • Achieve thought leadership recognition for guiding new solutions adoption
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption
  • Guide application review, test design, and program direction
  • Guide clinical capabilities development

Do you want to serve as a VITAL advi­sory board reviewer or design partner?

  • Achieve thought leadership recognition for guiding new solutions adoption
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption

Process & Offerings

1

Solutions discovery

Tell us about your product or idea. Submit a summary of your project via email, including a problem description, value proposition, proposed solution, timeline, and budget.

  • Commercially avail­able, high-​potential solu­tions with funding for testing undergo eval­u­a­tion review for accep­tance in the VITAL program.
  • Solutions under eval­u­a­tion are scored with viability, feasi­bility, and desir­ability ratings.
  • Evaluation starts with sizing the popu­la­tion affected and modeling the solu­tion impacts for targeted patients across the health system and health plans. 
  • Each test project is led by a lead clin­i­cian sponsor.

Accepted to proceed

2

Test design

Companies accepted into the VITAL process will work closely with us to design the test process, while VITAL performs a rigorous opportunity assessment.

  • The VITAL team and clin­ical leaders prepare the test design and execute the test-​and-​learn in real-​world deploy­ment.
  • Allegheny Health Network’s research insti­tute and provider system collab­o­rate on the test design.
  • Test design includes devel­oping a statis­tical analysis plan and imple­men­ta­tion play­book.
  • Periodic reporting and meet­ings to review progress are built in to the testing process.

Board approves test

3

Evidence delivery

VITAL orchestrates testing and delivers comprehensive clinical, cost, and experience data.

  • Measure key perfor­mance indi­ca­tors and outcomes.
  • Generate clin­ical, cost, and patient expe­ri­ence evidence. 
  • Verified learn­ings are then utilized to influ­ence new stan­dards of care, accel­erate provider adop­tion, and advance care trans­for­ma­tion.
  • Commercially avail­able, high-​potential solu­tions with funding for testing undergo eval­u­a­tion review for accep­tance in the VITAL program.
  • Solutions under eval­u­a­tion are scored with viability, feasi­bility, and desir­ability ratings.
  • Evaluation starts with sizing the popu­la­tion affected and modeling the solu­tion impacts for targeted patients across the health system and health plans. 
  • Each test project is led by a lead clin­i­cian sponsor.
  • The VITAL team and clin­ical leaders prepare the test design and execute the test-​and-​learn in real-​world deploy­ment.
  • Allegheny Health Network’s research insti­tute and provider system collab­o­rate on the test design.
  • Test design includes devel­oping a statis­tical analysis plan and imple­men­ta­tion play­book.
  • Periodic reporting and meet­ings to review progress are built in to the testing process.
  • Measure key perfor­mance indi­ca­tors and outcomes.
  • Generate clin­ical, cost, and patient expe­ri­ence evidence. 
  • Verified learn­ings are then utilized to influ­ence new stan­dards of care, accel­erate provider adop­tion, and advance care trans­for­ma­tion.

Benefits for clinicians

Clinician-​led solutions

Through VITAL, you get to lead the process of bringing new prod­ucts and ideas to market. By guiding new tech­nolo­gies and gener­ating evidence to support their capa­bil­i­ties, you get to influ­ence the devel­op­ment of new best prac­tices.

Better patient experiences

You play an impor­tant role in improving health outcomes and cost bene­fits for patients. VITAL projects can enhance patient pref­er­ence and percep­tion in the short and long term.

Thought leadership

You can become a higher-​performing thought leader backed by case studies that estab­lish how you are meeting cost and quality goals. You can get greater recog­ni­tion for your exper­tise by external audi­ences.

Enterprise-​wide impact

VITAL gives you an increased share of voice for driving change. You may influ­ence health plans’ deci­sions around coverage. And you have greater influ­ence over rela­tion­ships with tech­nology compa­nies.

Testimonials

Torax Medical and physi­cian thought leaders have collab­o­rated … building a strong scien­tific foun­da­tion of evidence to support the safety and effi­cacy of the LINX proce­dure. GERD patients who do not respond to medical ther­a­pies can create a tremen­dous cost burden on a health care system and are often at higher risks for compli­ca­tions resulting from not fully treating their disease.”

Todd Berg

President and CEO of Torax Medical

We are very excited to see such lasting results from a 1-​month, drug-​free treat­ment that can dramat­i­cally improve the quality of life for our patients and reduce total medical costs. It was also very promising to see high ther­a­pist and patient satis­fac­tion and 85 percent patient adher­ence, confirming that using Freespira® as a first line treat­ment for panic disorder and panic attacks makes good sense clin­i­cally and finan­cially.”

Anthony P. Mannarino

PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital

In the begin­ning, when I heard about HeartFlow®, I wanted to talk to my divi­sion chief, Dr. Srinivas Murali, about exploring it. But then I heard that Highmark Health and VITAL were already talking to HeartFlow®, which is a company from California. They needed a physi­cian cham­pion to put HeartFlow® to the test, and I expressed interest.”

Monreal Shah

Co-director of Cardiovascular MRI, Allegheny Health Network

Frequently Asked Questions

Who conducts clinical research for VITAL?

VITAL is connected with more than 2,800 Allegheny Health Network (AHN) clin­i­cians across 8 hospi­tals, plus inde­pen­dent physi­cians in western Pennsylvania. We either invite certain experts to partic­i­pate in our tests or they volun­teer. Oftentimes, experts from the AHN Research Institute partic­i­pate in our research programs. They specialize in more than 120 areas of medi­cine.

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. We prior­i­tize candi­dates based on how a company’s needs match with our capa­bil­i­ties. We currently do not test phar­ma­ceu­tical ther­a­pies.

What are VITAL's clinical focus areas?

Our clin­ical focus areas currently include oncology, women’s services, cardiac care, diabetes, chronic obstruc­tive pulmonary disease (COPD), preci­sion medi­cine, and digital ther­a­peu­tics. We may consider other areas on a case-​by-​case basis.

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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