North California-based not-for-profit healthcare system Sutter Health has tapped Quartet to advance connections between mental and physical healthcare in its network, and to improve overall patient health and well being for residents.
“At Sutter Health, we are taking strong steps to raise awareness and further educate ourselves and the communities we serve about the importance of mental healthcare,” John Boyd, Sutter Health CEO of Mental Health Services, said in a statement. “Strengthening our efforts to integrate mental healthcare throughout our system, specifically into our primary care network, and being a champion in community-based care is another critical part of the solution — one that will take innovative companies like Quartet.”
Together, Quartet and Sutter Health will work to improve ways of diagnosing and delivering care to residents living with mental health conditions, which are often connected to chronic physical illnesses.
Quartet’s technology can identify patients with underlying mental health conditions to help primary care physicians initiate them into care with the right specialists, while facilitating a collaborative approach for ongoing care. Quartet is able to scale this model by creating a virtual, data-driven environment for shared care planning.
The platform is designed to help Sutter physician offices overcome typical struggles surrounding mental healthcare delivery such as lack of access to specialists, time required for coordination, difficulty with follow ups and limited ongoing evaluation based on results.
“Our fractured health system needs to better support people living with mental health conditions,” Arun Gupta, founder and CEO of Quartet, said in a statement. “Teaming up with leading health systems like Sutter Health, we are proving that technology can scale integrated healthcare models, and that we can better serve communities in need while lowering healthcare costs.”
Sutter Medical Foundation and Sutter Medical Group will pilot Quartet’s technology in the Roseville, Calif. area, marking the first time Quartet has entered the California market.
According to the Sacramento Region Community Health Needs Assessment, emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to mental health conditions are at an all-time high — about four times the rate of the country and state benchmarks. It is estimated that $48.3 billion could be cut from the total cost of healthcare in the U.S. each year by effectively integrating physical and mental health services.