Intermountain, Sanford aim to boost telehealth, digital health with merger

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Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare announced plans to combine with Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health today with increased telehealth and digital services as a crucial aspect of the pending deal.
“The merger allows our companies to move quicker to even more execute value-based strategies and recognize economies of scale. Through coordinated care, increased usage of telehealth and digital health services, we will make healthcare more affordable for our neighborhoods,” Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Intermountain, said in an Oct. 26 press release.
The combined organization would make up 70 health centers and 435 centers in seven states, with much of the areas in rural communities. Intermountain already has a virtual healthcare facility and robust telehealth services as part of its health system. Its Care Connect Pro, launched in February, combines 35 telehealth programs and more than 500 caregivers supplying innovative and standard services essentially.
Sanford Health also provides telehealth and virtual care alternatives. When needed, Sanford One Connect Emergency connects emergency situation and injury doctors with health care professionals in rural settings for audio and video consults and can enhance client transfers. The health system likewise partners with Tyto Care for telehealth check outs and home examination kits.
The merger in between the two health systems is anticipated to close in 2021.
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