Arizona Connected Care partners with Fibroblast to improve referrals

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Tuscon-based Arizona Connected Care tapped Fibroblast to transform the ACO's referral management processes.

Arizona Connected Care includes Tucson Medical Center, as well as Tucson's TMC One and El Rio Health. Fibroblast's HIPAA-compliant, web-based software will enable Arizona Connected Care to streamline its referral process and improve care efficiency across the ACO, which consists of 450 providers and 300,000 patients.

"Adopting Fibroblast will enable our organization to get to the next level of high quality, low cost care," said David Yarger, COO of Arizona Connected Care. "Referrals and touch points between our providers are vulnerable to inefficiencies and can become a drain on our system. Fibroblast will streamline the process. Its technology will ensure that a patient is matched with the most appropriate doctor or service for that patient. And it will ensure that the patient's important clinical information is shared with the right people, so the patient can get the care he or she needs, when they need it."

The partnership will include a full rollout of Fibroblast's platform across the ACO's member facilities. The platform will also be integrated with Tucson Medical Center's existing EMR.

"Improving the referral process will improve the patient experience overall," said Scott Vold, CEO and co-founder of Fibroblast. "Our referral management technology allows clinicians to focus on delivering high-quality care, creating a smoother experience for patients and saving health systems money."

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