By KEVIN LIMITI • Special for www.AllOTSEGO.com
Bassett Healthcare announced on Tuesday, May 25, that they will partner with Optum, a healthcare innovation company, to streamline healthcare services through the use of technology, making care delivery cheaper and efficient.
About 500 Bassett employees will have the option to make a transition to work with Optum.
Dr Tommy Ibrahim, Bassett’s chairman and CEO, said the measure would “really improve our business practices” by allowing Bassett to “focus on a patient-centered environment”.
“We will take advantage of the efficiency that will allow us to reinvest in our communities,” said Ibrahim, who would allow the company to provide “more economical and affordable care for our patients”.
This move “would allow us to remain as a healthcare company independent of the community government,” Ibrahim said.
Mike Valli, executive vice president of Optum, praised Ibrahim for his collaboration with the company and said the company would bring innovations and technologies to Bassett and that there would ultimately be a financial benefit to the move.
“Much of that comes from bringing the technology on our own without Bassett going to market,” Valli said.
According to a press release, Optum would provide services such as “revenue cycle management, a comprehensive set of advanced data and analytical capabilities and information technology (IT) to advance quality care and patient experience. “.