Jointman FAQ

Who is JointMan® built for?


JointMan® is built for rheumatology providers and their patients. Its clinical intelligence platform seamlessly supports clinical decisions, supports QI performance and risk management and aligns with best practices embedded in the care process to meet the growing demand for accountability in the health care delivery system. We work with multiple types of rheumatology centers, including community practices, academic medical centers, hospital systems and integrated delivery networks.

What are the requirements to use JointMan®?


JointMan® works with or without connection to your EHR system. Discus Analytics has already completed a mapping of certain data elements through the technology of HL7 and API interfaces. This has allowed us to minimize the IT personnel from both sides and is already part of the seamless integration of JointMan® and the EHR system. Furthermore, the mapping allows for the physicians to experience a seamless integration without leaving their EHR system. This is accomplished by third parties such as Discus Analytics (in a HIPAA compliant manner) working with the IT folks simplifying the IT personnel’s requirements and burden of integration.

Is JointMan® HIPAA and HITECH compliant?


Yes. Discus Analytic’s technology platform is built with security and privacy as the top concern. As one of the first steps we do with any client, we together assure that a risk assessment has been done and the results are to the satisfaction on both sides. We take every reasonable precaution, both technically and operationally, to protect against improper use, access, or disclosure of PHI. Every provider who works with Discus Analytics signs a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in order to allow the transfer of appropriate patient data and agrees to be responsible for compliance with HIPAA and other requirements applicable to the provider’s content or data uploaded to JointMan®.

Why do rheumatology centers work with JointMan®


Data quality is an essential ingredient for many of the functions that providers will have to perform in a world that is transferring to value-based payment. Any piece of information that is relevant to a decision, treatment or interaction needs to be available in real time. A quality improvement initiative to meet the growing demand for accountability must collectively work toward three crucial goals: improve patient care and patient experience, improve the overall health of populations and reduce the per capita cost of health care.
At most rheumatology centers, the administration spends 80% of its time gathering data and pre-authorizations to obtain access to treatment for our patients. JointMan’s goal is to flip this ratio, so that administrators and staff have all the tools available for “defensive documentation” as well as contract preparation at their fingertips, as new payment models unfold.

Will Discus Analytics share my data with a payer or managed care plan?


Never. Discus Analytic’s allegiance is to the provider at all times. The only exception would be if our provider customer or network’s request that Discus Analytics provide data to their payer on their behalf as a reporting mechanism or if the payer offered new alternative payment models for all participants who follows the pathways and protocols of The Rheumatology Specialty Medical Home Demonstration Project, designed and incorporated through the Quality Assurance Committee.

Do I need any new hardware to run JointMan® Analytics?


No, JointMan® Analytics is cloud-based, which means every user accesses the platform via any internet browser. All the tools necessary for Administrators or Staff are accessible through the platform. This allows for all practices to filter, crunch or view any data that JointMan® accumulates. New alternative payment models will use a population health management platform to help to define a population, identify gaps in care, stratify risks, engage patients, manage care and measure outcomes. Quality metrics will need to be incorporated into a new hybrid form of value-based contracting that reflects appropriate treatment decisions, cost-effective care, while improving patient engagement, employer engagement, coordination of care, and patient adherence to medication and treatment plans.

What happens in the event that we terminate our contract with Discus Analytics


Upon appropriate notification, Discus Analytics allows several means, mutually agreed upon by both parties, for acquiring and removing their data that was located within JointMan®.

How will JointMan® Continuously Monitor Quality?


The benchmarking aspect of this model provides rheumatology centers quick-at-a-glance view of their patient population, their real-time status of meeting federal initiatives and compliance statistics to fulfill their obligations for demonstrating quality improvement. It also allows for centers to compare peer-to-peer centers of similar size with comparative data.
Displaying practice-level performance relative to that of others in the community provides a strong foundation for improvement. Comparative performance reporting allows practices to see how they measure up compared to others in their region or nationally.
Automatic calculation of community-level and practice-level results;
Displaying performance levels for each clinical quality measure and a five point composite score using randomly blinded practice, site, and provider
Delivering automated simple, color-coded performance dashboard relative to targets to each participating member
Recognition for making comparative improvements even if below target values
Disseminating results to all members in a convenient and private forum

Which EHR and practice management (PM) systems does JointMan® integrate with?


JointMan® is entirely agnostic to which EHR and PM system a rheumatology practice utilizes. Discus Analytics has successfully mapped to several EHR systems, including community and academic/hospital settings, and can be customized to any customer’s request.

How long does it take to integrate JointMan® at my rheumatology center?


The integration with JointMan® is an iterative process and depends on the IT infrastructure and setup of your rheumatology center. For community practices with traditional IT setups, Discus Analytics is typically up and running in a practice within 2-4 weeks (depending on IT personnel). For most academic/hospital systems where the IT systems are typically quite complex, the integration could take several months. In either case, the bulk of work is on Discus Analytics and its team as opposed to your rheumatology center.

How much does JointMan®cost?


Discus Analytics has competitively priced JointMan®. Discus Analytics has also invested significant resources into JointMan’s interface with many EHR systems in order to reduce overall integration costs.

How often is JointMan® and the analytics platform updated? Can I customize it?


JointMan® is updated continuously. Being cloud based, Discus Analytics product engineering team and integration team is frequently releasing new features and functionality to the platform. You’ll receive release notes on major changes and bug fixes as they are released. All clients have a dedicated Forward-Deployed Engineer and interaction with Discus Analytic’s Management team who are actively responsible for collecting feedback and product requests in order to improve and tailor the platform to each client.

Interested in JointMan®?


We’d love to hear from you. Please use the below form to contact our Provider Engagement team and to provide a few details about your rheumatology center.