Free the data, enhance the user experience, transform health care connections
(IRVINE, CA, Aug. 6, 2013) Recognizing that the future lies in empowering patients and physicians with the information they need to make sound health decisions, St. Joseph Health in Irvine, California is investing in the formation of Dātu (pronounced day-two), a new company providing differentiating information technology solutions for health care organizations.
At the center of Dātu's differentiating solution is an open platform that connects clinical records, personalized health care data and consumers' health-related preferences. This open architecture and interoperability are important requirements for IT systems as health care organizations exchange data, transition to population health management, and encourage patients to collaborate more effectively with their health care providers, ultimately taking a more informed and active role in their care.
"This is an important step in realizing our vision for health care's future. By working with Dātu, we will forge new connections that empower caregiver, patient and consumer to work together in the pursuit of health and wellness," says Deborah Proctor, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Health, a 16-hospital health care system serving California, Texas and New Mexico.
"Health care is undergoing exciting changes and health systems now understand how patients and physicians want to have the data that will allow them to make the best possible decisions," says Andy Parham, chief executive officer of Dātu. "We see this shift as an opportunity to help change health care and contribute significantly to community wellness."
Says Kevin Dodson, Dātu chief strategy officer, "Our advanced information technology and user experience experts combine efforts to provide essential health care tools for the future. We are passionate about leveraging technology to improve health care."
St. Joseph Health will be introducing Dātu's new technology to its health care networks in 2014.
Born of nearly 50 years' experience in data-center technology, coupled with modern cloud computing, Datu brings together a unique collaboration of health care professionals, IT experts and consumer-driven user experience (UX) engineers to assist health systems better access and use data. Formerly known as Bick Health, the company is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Its leadership includes Andy Parham, chief executive officer; Kevin Dodson, chief strategy officer; Jeff Bell, chief technology officer and Teresa Simmons, chief financial officer.
About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a $5.5 billion not-for-profit integrated Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. SJH's comprehensive range of services includes 16 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician organizations throughout California, Texas, and New Mexico. Collectively, the 24,000 dedicated employees and 6,000 outstanding SJH physicians deliver care to more than 137,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients each year. Throughout its comprehensive regions of care, SJH strives to provide perfect care while building the healthiest communities and ensuring every encounter is sacred. These extraordinary efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, including distinctions in US News & World Report and Magnet recognition. Guided by the traditions of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJH is committed to maintaining a continuum of care that matches the diverse needs of its communities. For more information, visit www.stjoe.org.