Press release

Boston Medical Center Joins AVIA to Bring Innovative Solutions to Vulnerable Populations

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Medical Center
(BMC), the largest safety net hospital and
busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England, is one of
the newest Members of AVIA,
the nation’s leading network for health systems seeking to innovate and

BMC is launching its AVIA membership by participating in the Medicaid
Transformation Project
(MTP). Led by AVIA and Andy Slavitt, former
acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
MTP strives to enable better health and outcomes for vulnerable
populations, while also reducing costs. Providing accessible healthcare
to everyone has long been a mission for BMC; about 70% of its patients
are from under-served populations and 32% of patients do not speak
English as a primary language. BMC is also deeply committed to improving
community and behavioral health; it recently received a
grant from the National Institutes of Health
as part of a $350
million study that aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent
over three years.

“Through innovation, BMC provides access to health care for low income
people and develops nationally recognized solutions, which promotes
health equity and transforms how care is delivered,” says Kate Walsh,
President & CEO of BMC.
“It made perfect sense to join AVIA and
the Medicaid Transformation Project, which is helping us accelerate our
clinical innovation efforts, especially around behavioral health and
maternal and infant care.”

BMC is driven by its mission and ambition, including a long-term vision
to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world. Achieving
this goal will require extensive and innovative work with its community,
patients, and peers. As a Member of the AVIA Innovator Network, BMC is
now connected with more than 45±
action-oriented health systems
across the nation and a team of 90+
digital health experts at AVIA. By working with AVIA and these leading
health systems, BMC will make smarter and faster technology selections
and investment decisions. In addition to MTP, initial work will include
evaluating and scaling virtual care models.

“We joined AVIA to learn how to better leverage digital and keep
evolving,” says Dr. Alastair Bell, Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Chief Operating Officer for BMC.
“Digital is a key to
improving access to care, unlocking operational efficiencies, and
building new capabilities to leverage and connect our resources.
Collaborating with our peers will challenge us to think differently, and
AVIA will provide us with the playbook to get from innovation to impact.”

BMC will be a valued voice within the AVIA Innovator Network. “BMC is a
healthcare leader not only in Boston but in the entire New England
region, with a trusted reputation for delivering excellent and equitable
care to all patients,” says Eric Langshur, CEO & Co-founder of AVIA.
“We’re excited to advance this mission through the Medicaid
Transformation Project, and to marry their rich culture of innovation
with our rigorous process for accelerating transformation.”

About AVIA
AVIA leads a network of health systems working
together to innovate and transform. AVIA Innovator Network members solve
pressing challenges with digital solutions that deliver financial and
clinical results. AVIA provides strategic focus and a collaborative
approach to accelerate innovation. Learn more at
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