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New Real-World Evidence Research Platform Created by Symphony Health Solutions and American College of Cardiology

HORSHAM, Pa. and WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symphony Health Solutions (SHS), a provider of high-value data, analytics and technology solutions for the life sciences industry and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a professional organization dedicated to improving cardiovascular health, today announced the completion of a new research platform. The HIPAA-compliant platform combines anonymized patient-level data from the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) with SHS's Integrated DataverseTM, which includes prescription, medical and hospital claims. The newly integrated data includes approximately 5 million anonymized patients with up to six years of observed diagnoses, procedures, therapies and related findings.

Information from a large set of patients that is both broad in scope and deep in detail has, before now, been difficult to obtain -- yet vital to improve care. The creation of a new analytical platform, born out of the collaboration between the ACC and SHS, now enables a wide range of new analyses to help achieve that goal. The organizations will use the combined data sources to complete research projects focused on clinical outcomes, comparative effectiveness, therapy adoption and use, and population health, as well as additional studies and projects of interest. These analyses of patterns and treatments can ultimately improve care, enhance outcomes and reduce unnecessary health care costs.

"This analytic platform is ground-breaking in the level of data it will provide," said John S. Rumsfeld, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, Chief Science Officer of the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registries. "The partnership between ACC and SHS brings together the detailed clinical data from the registries with the longitudinal data resources of SHS. This creates a synergy that can yield critical insights on improving cardiovascular care and patient outcomes."

Analytics solutions produced through the collaboration will have broad applicability across the health care market. Entities such as life sciences organizations and the government, with whom ACC and SHS engage today, will also benefit from the new research offerings.

"Healthcare data sources are more dynamic and complex than ever before, and Symphony Health Solutions is dedicated to driving innovation using new combinations of data with our analytic capabilities," stated Neal Bibeau, CEO of Symphony Health Solutions. Dr. Gregory Hess, MD, MBA, and Chief Medical Officer for Symphony Health Solutions noted, "The detailed cardiology data from the ACC registries collected by practicing physicians over many years allows for a greater range of insights and a more accurate understanding of patient diagnoses, treatments and outcomes than previously afforded by claims data alone."

For more information visit www.symphonyhealth.com or www.acc.org

About Symphony Health Solutions

Symphony Health Solutions is a leading provider of high-value data, analytics, technology solutions and actionable insights for healthcare and life sciences manufacturers, payers and providers. The company helps clients drive revenue growth and commercial effectiveness, while adapting to the transformation of the healthcare ecosystem, by integrating a broad set of patient, prescriber, payer and clinical data together with health research, analytics and consulting. Symphony delivers a comprehensive perspective on the real dynamics that drive business in the healthcare and life sciences markets. For more information, visit www.symphonyhealth.com.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, clinical standards and practice guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.

CONTACT: Media Contacts: For Symphony Health Solutions Heather Varela, Director Marketing Communications Heather.varela@symphonyhealth.com 602-463-7838 For the American College of Cardiology Nicole Napoli, Media Relations Senior Specialist nnapoli@acc.org 202-375-6523

Source: Symphony Health Solutions