More than three million South Carolinians have at least one chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, and the projected total cost of chronic disease between 2016-2030 in South Carolina is $687 billion1. The initial focus of the partnership will be on addressing chronic diseases and acute conditions prevalent in South Carolina.
"Together with MUSC, we are committed to fundamentally improving the way patient care is delivered," said Omar Ishrak, Medtronic chairman and chief executive officer. "Medtronic has a long history of collaboration with healthcare providers to invent and develop new markets to solve a variety of clinical problems. The partnership with MUSC is an extension of that collaboration, as we look to systematically work together to develop scalable programs aimed at improving patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care."
In one initial program, the two organizations plan to standardize a comprehensive vascular disease care pathway across the entire continuum of patient care, ultimately implementing a model for the identification, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of patients with vascular disease who can benefit most from medical intervention. This evidence-based model is designed to help clinicians identify and treat patients earlier in their disease progression.
Medtronic and MUSC also plan to implement a standardized care pathway program for joint replacement patients that addresses the bundled payment methodology implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The episodic care pathway intends to establish best practices and streamline processes to improve the quality of care for patients while reducing costs. Similarly, Medtronic and MUSC also plan to standardize care pathways designed to reduce adverse events and optimize care for patients who can benefit from enhanced respiratory monitoring, or who need a tracheostomy procedure for breathing assistance.
The partnership also creates a unique opportunity for MUSC to build upon existing curriculum to educate future healthcare professionals about value-based healthcare.
"This strategic partnership with Medtronic is based on our shared vision and drive to lead the transformation of healthcare delivery," said MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS. "It's about providing what's best for our patients. The mutual goal of our organizations is to deliver the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible. That's the true meaning of value-based healthcare. Through our collaborative partnership, we plan to combat chronic disease and address community health needs in South Carolina and beyond. We look forward to an innovative and productive relationship with Medtronic and will share tangible results of our efforts as our strategic partnership evolves."
Both MUSC and Medtronic have networks of like-minded partners focused on advancing value-based healthcare in the United States. This month, Medtronic is celebrating its one-year anniversary of a partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, designed to find ways to improve patient care across more than 70 major medical conditions, focusing on value. The partnership progress at Lehigh Valley Health Network is generating models to help implement and scale value-based programs at MUSC.
In August 2018, MUSC announced a strategic partnership with Siemens Healthineers designed to create a blueprint of a transformed healthcare system that provides safe, equitable, timely, effective, efficient and patient-centered care.
MUSC and Medtronic will explore opportunities to cross-share learnings with their respective partners and collaborate to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs.
1 Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease: https://www.fightchronicdisease.org/states/south-carolina