Boston Medical Center joins AVIA to bring innovative solutions to vulnerable populations


CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boston 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 transform.

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.”

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Kate Soden
Senior Director, Marketing Communications