MOUNT PLEASANT — Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn Health Technology Business Group on Thursday announced a "multi-faceted collaboration" focused on technology innovations.
The newly announced partnership is a part of Foxconn’s plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing and technology campus in Mount Pleasant.
Advocate Aurora is the 10th-largest nonprofit, integrated health system in the United States and employs more than 70,000 people in the Midwest.
Innovations are said to drive healthcare of the future and improve outcomes, while lowering costs for individuals and employers, Advocate Aurora officials said in a press release.
The organizations cited three key focus areas: Enhancing preventive care and employer-based wellness programs, building a 'smart city' connectivity infrastructure and investing in precision medicine.
Leonard Wu, CEO of Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, said his employees' health is his No. 1 priority.
"We are thrilled to partner with Advocate Aurora Health, not only to bring together two organizations committed to health technology innovations, but to provide first-class healthcare and medical services to our Foxconn U.S. employees," Wu stated.
Nick Turkal, president and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health, said he sees the partnership as a step in the right direction for both companies and the world.
"We are excited about what we can do together to benefit not only our patients and communities here locally, but how our combined capabilities could potentially have a positive impact on wellness globally,” he said.
State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released a statement regarding the new partnership forged between Foxconn and Advocate Aurora Health.
“This latest development is yet another illustration of the long-term commitment that Foxconn is making in Wisconsin," Vos said. "I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this new partnership will have on the health care for the people of Wisconsin.”
Predictive modeling platform
The "employer-based solution" is being run by Foxconn's predictive modeling platform. "Developing an intelligent network of connectivity between healthcare support entities — nursing homes, pharmacies, ambulances and federally qualified health centers, among others — supports wellness outside the hospital, increases efficiency and drives down healthcare costs," the release stated.
The collaboration is also said to connect Foxconn’s digital health solutions with Advocate Aurora’s growing portfolio of virtual health offerings to enhance access points for health and wellness via web and mobile devices.
The organizations also plan to invest in emerging medical disciplines such as precision medicine and genomics.
Ultimately, the partnership has one goal, the companies said: "The Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn collaboration will work to maximize the quality of time that caregivers can spend with their patients, empower caregivers with early and actionable data as well as to improve quality, lower cost and increase the overall care experience for individuals and their families."