Dean Health Plan Chooses Essette’s Medical Management Software Suite to Expand Care Coordination Beyond the Health Plan

LONGMONT, Colorado, and MADISON, Wisconsin

LIGHTNING RELEASES (8/5/2014) — Wisconsin-based Dean Health Plan has joined the growing ranks of the Essette Medical Management suite family, having been an early, successful adopter of the standalone Essette Care Management software years ago.  The key features of the Essette Suite that attracted Dean Health Plan were Essette’s web-based platform, and its unique licensing model that allows hospitals, clinics, and providers to participate in the coordination of care across all lines of business.  The powerful new Essette platform includes Population Health Management, Care Management, Utilization Management, Appeals & Grievances, and integration with Dean’s Provider Portal. 

Andy Gaudette, CEO of Essette, was pleased to announce the continuing strategic alliance evolving between the two companies. “Dean has been an Essette client since 2009.  It is satisfying to know that after a recent in-depth search, Dean chose Essette out of the toughest competition in the industry,” Andy said. “It proves to me that Essette is still ‘doing the right thing’ in the industry—both from a technology standpoint and, more importantly, from a relationship standpoint.”

The Dean Health Plan Case Management team has been using the Essette Care Management tool for case and disease management programs for four years. The newest version of the Essette Suite will provide the flexibility needed to add to, or modify programs and approaches to case management, which meets Dean’s business needs. “Everyone is excited to upgrade with Essette and integrate new functionality into the system, including that offered by UM and Population Health, while still maintaining our member-centric approach to member management,” said Marlene Roewer, Dean Health Plan’s Case Management Manager.

About Essette

Improved health and lowered costs require an integrated approach. One that’s flexible, affordable and promotes care across the continuum. Essette® (pronounced eh-SET) web-based care management software offers a robust alternative to ‘shrink wrapped’ applications. Incredibly powerful and user-friendly, Essette software—built upon a refreshingly efficient platform—is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for healthcare organizations seeking a simple means of delivering high-value, collaborative care. Whether the need is for real-time monitoring and reporting of data, interface ability with “core systems,” analytics, exchanges and external EMRs, or the added expertise of our Clinical Consultants, Essette is committed to providing its clients with integrated solutions that combine technology with creative thought and integrity. Learn more about EssetteCM, EssettePM, EssetteUM, and Essette’s other simple software solutions by visiting www.essette.com, or through info@essette.com.

About Dean Health Plan

Established in 1904 and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Dean is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in the country. Dean consists of a network of more than 60 clinics in south-central Wisconsin, Davis Duehr Dean eye care, insurance provider Dean Health Plan, and pharmacy benefits company Navitus Health Solutions. Approximately 500 physicians provide primary, specialty and tertiary care in the clinics. The system serves more than 400,000 health plan members.  Dean joined the SSM Health Care system in September 2013. SSM Health Care is a St. Louis-based order which also owns several hospitals nationwide, including St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and Janesville, Wisconsin and St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin.