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Geisinger Joins AVIA, Strengthens Its Commitment to Innovation and Community Health
[June 26, 2018]

Geisinger Joins AVIA, Strengthens Its Commitment to Innovation and Community Health


Geisinger, a nationally-renowned leader in innovation, is the newest Member of the AVIA Innovator Network, the leading network for health systems seeking to innovate and transform by unlocking the power of digital.

Geisinger is one of the nation's largest integrated health service organizations, and innovation is one of its four pillars, along with kindness, excellence, and learning. AVIA connects Geisinger with 30+ action-oriented health systems across the nation who trust AVIA to help them identify, implement, and scale the best digital solutions to support their strategic objectives. "At Geisinger, we're constantly seeking new ways to improve care for our patients, our members, and our communities," said Dr. Karen Murphy, executive vice president, chief innovation officer, and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation. "In AVIA, we've found a partner to help us operationalize and accelerate our innovation efforts."

Geisinger's initial work with AVIA will focus on innovative solutions to address value-based care and community health needs. Up first is the Medicaid Transformation Project, a collaborative effort with peer health systems to find financially-sustainable solutions that deliver high-quality care for Medicaid and other vulnerable populations. "Improving the health and care of our Medicaid population is one of our most complex community challenges," said Dr. Murphy. "We're excited and eager to work with AVIA and peers who also want to prioritize and accelerate solutions for vulnerable populations."



Geisinger has launched successful community health innovation initiatives, including Springboard Healthy Scranton, a first-of-its-kind program designed to improve an entire community's health. The program develops, tests, and implements projects to coordinate community resources, eliminate hunger, prevent chronic diseases, and unleash the power of genomic medicine. The program will share lessons learned and proven solutions both nationally and globally. As part of its Springboard Health Initiative, Geisinger also launched the Fresh Food Farmacy, which addresses health challenges faced by patients with diabetes and food insecurity. The goal is to improve access to both healthy food and nutritional knowledge. The target population has high rates of obesity, pre-diabetes, and diabetes, and early results show significant improvements in blood sugar control, weight, and overall health management.

"We are thrilled to welcome Geisinger, a national innovator in healthcare delivery, to the AVIA Network," said Eric Langshur, CEO and Co-founder. "They are doing landmark work in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and AVIA will be a connector to peers across the nation that share their passion to solve complex care challenges with innovation. We're excited to help Geisinger achieve its ambitions."


About AVIA

AVIA leads a network of health systems working together to innovate and transform. AVIA Innovator Network members solve pressing challenges with digital solutions that deliver financial and clinical results. AVIA provides strategic focus and a collaborative approach to accelerate innovation. Learn more at aviahealthinnovation.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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