The opinion pages of Sunday's New York Times sang the praises of a small Alaskan health care system that has combined a common-sense approach with technology and proactivity to produce remarkable results. Among its success factors is the aggressive use of data for both the medical and financial sides of the business.
Southcentral’s “data mall” coughs up easily understood graphics showing how well doctors and the teams they lead are doing to improve health outcomes and cut costs compared with their colleagues, their past performance and national benchmarks, and it provides them with action lists of what they can do to improve and mentors to guide them. That almost always spurs the laggards. One doctor whose team ranked well behind 10 others in scheduling annual eye exams for diabetics jumped to first place within two months once she became aware of how poorly her team was performing.
Local health care entrepreneur Hal Andrews has been elected to the board of Medify, a Seattle-based health care data analytics venture formally launched this summer. Medify's team says its technology "mines hundreds of millions of real patient experiences from disparate data sources that are backed by medical professionals. Medify then makes the most personalized and relevant experiences discoverable, trackable, and shareable by patients and their families to help them answer their most important questions." Andrews a few years ago built Data Advantage before selling that venture to Press Ganey.
Brentwood data analytics firm Digital Reasoning has added Chinese language support for its Synthesys product, which analyzes unstructured data to uncover potential threats, fraud and political unrest.
“This is a significant milestone for our company,” said Rob Metcalf, President and COO of Digital Reasoning. “Whether for the public sector, financial services, health care or other enterprise applications, the next generation of Big Data solutions for unstructured data will need to natively support the world’s most widely spoken languages.”
“Prime Health Services has taken the next evolutionary step in its growth by acquiring majority interest in Applied Metrics. This acquisition reaffirms Prime Health’s commitment to providing the market with a quality PPO network based on measurable medical outcome data,” said Brian A. Sharp, Prime Health's president and CEO. “Prime’s approach of customizing PPO solutions for our clients now will include the ability to offer them providers with demonstrated patient outcomes, and thus a better ability to control costs.”The corporate integration is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter. Prime Health, based in Brentwood, has more than 700,000 providers and facilities in its nationwide delivery system.
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