Press Release

Frisco, TX –Integrated Health Services launches Portico®; their answer to the U.S. government’s demand for evidence based medicine, the public’s demand to be participative in its health care decisions, physicians need for more dependable revenue streams, and insurance companies’ demands to lower their expense for unnecessary procedures.

Studies show that the number one reason that patient’s sue physicians is due to patient’s concern with standards of care and their desire for an explanation of decisions regarding their care.

Portico® incorporates a differential diagnostic model that has recognized studies and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines as its platforms. Based on the latest government data, Portico ® narrows down the diagnoses for physicians, recommends tests, collaboration, and plans of action, and allows for patients and physicians to review, discuss, and decide on the best plan of action.

The results from studies that have measured unnecessary surgery directly indicate that for some highly controversial operations the fractions that are unwarranted could be as high as 30 percent. Most unnecessary surgeries results from physician uncertainty about the effectiveness of an operation.

Portico® allows for surgeons to ensure that both CMS and American Medical Association (AMA) standards, as well as the highest standards in evidence based medicine have been met before scheduling surgeries When polled 62% of physicians site declining reimbursement as their main reason for abandoning private practice and accepting employment at hospitals or other organizations.

Portico® encompasses a collaborative tool which, based on research guided differential diagnosing and the advance of telemedicine, instigates collaboration between multiple specialties of physicians, via a secured , HIPAA compliant portal, which not only allows for a more comprehensive assessment of each patient, but surpasses the standards for expert consulting, allowing physicians to be paid fairly for their knowledge.

Health spending accounted for 17.6 percent of the gross domestic product at more than $3 trillion. Medical overuse has become an epidemic worldwide. It is estimated to cost $250-300 billion annually in the U.S. alone. The newest study, using data from federal medical surveys estimated that 12 of the most common treatments and screenings accounted for $6.8 billion in medical costs. The activity most frequently performed without need was a complete blood cell count at a routine physical exam. In 56 percent of routine physicals, doctors inappropriately ordered such tests, accounting for $32.7 million in unnecessary costs. In terms of dollars, the biggest-ticket item by far was physicians ordering brand-name statins before trying patients on a generic drug first: That accounted for a whopping $5.8 billion of the $6.8 billion total.

Portico® guides physicians, based on study based evidence to reduce un necessary procedures and overuse by anywhere from 30-60 percent.