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Healthy Innovation for All

Less stress, more life—through innovation

A remarkable health care experience frees people to be their best. We help set the stage for such experiences through innovation.

For us, innovation means making the health care experience better — however it needs to be better — for the people we serve.

This kind of innovation requires a few key ingredients to be successful:

  • The focus of our every endeavor is the real-life needs of our customers.
  • We all innovate in big and small ways, every day, making innovation a culture, not a function.
  • We inspire curiosity in one another to help us innovate better and faster.

Driving change, bottom-up, outside-in

We're a spirited team of innovators, dreamers, thinkers and doers, working to build a future world that embraces health. We partner inside and outside of Highmark Health to leverage time-tested methodologies, fresh insights and cutting-edge technologies to solve the problems that are preventing the people we serve from being their best.

We've built an innovation ecosystem that generates results for our customers quickly and efficiently, including:

  • Co-creative partnerships built on certain shared strategic priorities, strengthened by deep insights into emerging and promising markets;
  • Human-centered design to engage our customers in creating solutions they need and want to live a better life;
  • The VITAL Innovation Platform that leverages our integrated delivery and financing system (IDFS) to deliver the evidence the marketplace critically needs to further validate early-stage FDA-approved medical innovations.

And we get results.

Recent additions to Highmark Health's 100+ year history of innovation include:

  • Early-stage health innovations validated by VITAL and adopted as medical policy and for insurance reimbursement, including:
    • HeartFlow, which uses data from a standard CT scan to create a 3D model of coronary arteries and blockages, reducing the need for invasive angiograms and lowering health care costs.
    • Freespira, a digital therapeautic that reduces or eliminates debilitating panic attacks.
    • LINX a reflux management system for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
    • Bronchial Thermoplasty, a medical device that alleviates symptoms of asthma, allowing patients to breathe more freely.
  • An employee-engagement program designed to substantially increase nurse retention across our 8-hospital system by improving work-life balance.
  • A cancer-treatment experience where care starts before you walk in the door by eliminating unnecessary wait time and anticipating the needs of patients far beyond traditional medical care — from the comfort of your chair (as well as the family and friends who come along) to your favorite snack.
  • A new clinical process that guards against medication errors.
  • Partnership with other plans to join a blockchain testing environment, which allows us to safely explore new opportunities to reduce costs and enhance process integrity and efficiency.

While we focus on the horizon, forging ahead, we never lose sight of where we are and why we're here.

We're here to serve. We're here to make it better, less stressful, even remarkable. We're changing health care. We're reining in cost. And, most importantly, we're improving the health of the people we serve, freeing them to be their best.

And we can't wait to do more.

Innovations driving value for our customers

Our dental solutions company honored with ‘VITAL Logo

Highmark Health's VITAL Innovation Platform has been named "Corporate Innovation" winner in the 23rd annual Carnegie Science Awards.

Highmark Health's VITAL program

Highmark Health's VITAL program collaborates on study of new treatment for GERD.

Learn how patients are benefitting from HeartFlow a graduate of our VITAL program.

Learn how patients are benefitting from HeartFlow, a graduate of our VITAL program.

Our innovation strategy includes partnering with like-minded organizations that also want to improve the quality and lower the cost of care.

Our innovation strategy includes partnering with like-minded organizations that also want to improve the quality and lower the cost of care.

Highmark Health's VITAL Innovation Program

Highmark Health's VITAL Innovation Program testing benefits of innovations from Omron® Healthcare related to daily control of hypertension and from Sensible Medical related to measurement of lung fluid in patients with congestive heart failure.

5 ways our provider network is leading the way in innovative treatments

5 ways our provider network is leading the way in innovative treatments.

Sarah Ahmad

In the Highmark Health Blog, Sarah Ahmad, SVP of innovation and transformation, offers her personal perspective on transforming health care.

VITAL

Highmark Health's VITAL Innovation Program is testing YouScript® Precision Prescribing Software for patients taking multiple medications.

VITAL

Learn more about how VITAL operates and what makes it a unique approach to health care innovation.

David Holmberg

Highmark Health CEO David Holmberg writes about the power of a collaborative approach to health care innovation on the Oliver Wyman blog.

Highmark Health has invested heavily in a collaborative fight against cancer.

Highmark Health has invested heavily in a collaborative fight against cancer.

Learn about Lifeflight.

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