Health Data

Health Plans: Are You Collecting Data or Insight?

Submitted by Rob Wyse on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:53

A new Premier survey with 63 healthcare executives found that healthcare systems are now shifting their focus from recording data in EHRs to integrating and combining this data to aid in decision making. This is a welcome development for providers and a nudge for health plans to move themselves in the direction of a single, integrated technology platform. After all, integrating data eliminates redundancies, creates efficiencies, and lays a foundation for population analytics and insight. That can lead to closing more gaps in care and lowering costs—both for members and the plan.

For health plans, creating one comprehensive, integrated platform would facilitate more effective management of and improvement in the health and wellness of their diverse populations. It would streamline internal workflows, reduce the cost and duplication associated with maintaining multiple, separate systems, and enhance the member experience through better data coordination and sharing of information.

Who is the Captain of Your Members’ Health?

Submitted by Rob Wyse on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:54

Patients are increasingly influencing the direction of medical research, according to a recent story by NPR. This is exciting and promising news. But how about patients influencing the direction of their own medical care? Is there a lesson to be learned about that?

Profiling a parent who took over the medical research of her young childrens’ rare genetic disease, the NPR story described how patients are participating directly in the design of experiments. This gives them a stronger say in driving the outcomes they want. Because of the profiled parents’ self-driven exploration, they were able to develop a diagnostic test and potential therapies for their childrens’ disease.

The growth in patient directed research has extended to areas including arthritis and organ transplant, and is even starting to have an influence over the way the FDA approves new drugs.

We wish we could applaud the same progress in patient ownership in the world of medical care—particularly among patients with chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes. But unfortunately, chronic patients struggle to manage their own healthcare, and to be the captains of their health.