Highmark, Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins sign master collaboration agreement

Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine and Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health and its subsidiary, Allegheny Health Network, together announced today the signing of a new, expanded collaboration agreement.

The new agreement builds on the oncology collaboration established earlier this year, according to the report.

The aim of the collaboration is to improve access to care and lower costs for Pennsylvania patients. Goals include identifying and implementing economic efficiencies, using data analysis to identify opportunities to enhance health outcomes, using EHRs between organizations, using the Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to improve care, and collaborating on research and discovery.

Johns Hopkins Medicine includes six academic and community hospitals, four suburban healthcare and surgery centers, and 41 physician practices in 35 locations. Allegheny Health Network includes eight hospitals, a research institute, health and well centers and a health care group purchasing organization. Highmark Health owns Allegheny Health Network and also provides health insurance.

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