Applied Health signs long-term deal with Carolinas HealthCare

Computer-based analytics for healthier choices to reduce cost

Applied Health Analytics, a Nashville-based software development firm, has signed what it says is a long-term deal to license its suite of software offerings to Carolinas Healthcare System, a large organization active in both North and South Carolina.

Applied Health's systems will help companies working with Carolinas Healthcare better monitor the health costs of their employees and enable those workers to make better choices for a healthy lifestyle.

“We view Applied Health Analytics as the information bridge that links at-risk employees with the services we offer on a community-by-community basis," said Russ Guerin, executive vice president for business development and planning at Carolinas Healthcare. "Now we can integrate our strategy with the employer’s health benefit design and partner with brokers, benefit consultants and employers to offer a solution that tracks and measures the impact of employee health costs."

Carolinas Healthcare and Applied Health Analytics officials plan to expand the service to all 800 locations within the Carolinas Healthcare organization, which ranges from large hospitals, freestanding emergency departments and physician practices to nursing homes, behavioral health centers and hospice services. As part of their license agreement, Guerin has joined the board of four-year-old Applied Health, which is playing a similar data-gathering role in the local Saint Thomas-led MissionPoint Health Partners accountable care organization.

“The company has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years as businesses more closely monitor healthcare benefit costs, but also identify ways that help guide employees to take charge of their own health,” said Robert Chamberlain, Applied Health’s chairman and CEO.