Broadening patient coverage based on informed decisions.

Let VITAL help your health plan make informed decisions based on our test-and-learn scenarios, so you can transform the future of health care.

Ways for a health plans to engage with VITAL

There are many dif­fer­ent ways for eligible health plans to work with the VITAL pro­gram. Bring a health care solu­tion to VITAL for test­ing or sign up for updates on new tests. You can be the first to know when we’ve gath­ered the right data to sup­port inno­va­tion. Con­tact us to start the con­ver­sa­tion.

Advance clin­ical capa­bil­i­ties devel­op­ment

Fast-​track solu­tions for adop­tion

Guide appli­ca­tion review, test design, and program direc­tion

Gain evidence to drive adop­tion of strategic capa­bil­i­ties

Do you have a tech­nology partner to refer to VITAL for testing?

  • Advance clinical capabilities development
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption
  • Guide application review, test design, and program direction

Would you like to get access to the single test results?

  • Advance clinical capabilities development
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption

Would you like to subscribe to all future test data?

  • Advance clinical capabilities development
  • Fast-track solutions for adoption
  • Gain evidence to drive adoption of strategic capabilities

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 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 plan

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.

  • VITAL team and clin­ical leaders prepare test design and execute the test-​and-​learn in real-​world deploy­ment
  • Test design devel­oped in collab­o­ra­tion with AHN’s research insti­tute and provider system
  • Test design includes devel­oping statis­tical analysis plan and imple­men­ta­tion play­book
  • Tailor studies to produce rele­vant clin­ical and cost effec­tive­ness evidence that can inform plan medical poli­cies

Board approves test

3

Evidence delivery

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

  • Measure key perfor­mance indi­ca­tors and outcomes
  • Clinical, cost, and patient expe­ri­ence evidence gener­ated
  • Understand impact of new inter­ven­tions to inform clin­ical trans­for­ma­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties
  • Commercially avail­able, high-​potential solu­tions with funding for testing undergo eval­u­a­tion review for accep­tance in 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 plan
  • VITAL team and clin­ical leaders prepare test design and execute the test-​and-​learn in real-​world deploy­ment
  • Test design devel­oped in collab­o­ra­tion with AHN’s research insti­tute and provider system
  • Test design includes devel­oping statis­tical analysis plan and imple­men­ta­tion play­book
  • Tailor studies to produce rele­vant clin­ical and cost effec­tive­ness evidence that can inform plan medical poli­cies
  • Measure key perfor­mance indi­ca­tors and outcomes
  • Clinical, cost, and patient expe­ri­ence evidence gener­ated
  • Understand impact of new inter­ven­tions to inform clin­ical trans­for­ma­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties

Benefits for health plans

Quality outcomes data

VITAL gives you access to cost and quality outcomes data.

Innovation development

We test new tech­nology and learn from the results to fast-​track deci­sion making for the devel­op­ment of new prod­ucts and ideas.

Evidence-​based policies

VITAL collects and dissem­i­nates evidence faster than tradi­tional research methods.

Expand adoption

VITAL helps expand the adop­tion of inno­v­a­tive clin­ical devices, treat­ments, and protocol throughout eligible health plans.

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 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.

What has VITAL tested so far and what is currently in the VITAL program's pipeline?

As of January 2018, more than 40 new ideas were under eval­u­a­tion or under devel­op­ment. Additional growth is expected as our program continues to scale. By 2020, the team hopes to manage more than 10 inno­va­tion projects annu­ally.

Can my local AMC partner participate in VITAL studies?

At this time, only certain providers may execute VITAL tests. We are currently exploring oppor­tu­ni­ties to coor­di­nate and scale tests across health plan geogra­phies, however.

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