Clinical Analytics Deliver Patient, Population Health Insights

Advanced clinical analytics technologies from Optum are supporting population health management and accountable care strategies at Mercy and HealthEast Care System, according to the United Health Group.

Mercy, the nation’s sixth-largest Catholic healthcare system, and HealthEast, the largest locally owned healthcare organization in the Minneapolis-St. Paul east metro area, which is composed of four hospitals and 1,500 physicians, is using the analytics platform powered by Humedica to analyze data from a variety of clinical and administrative sources to, one, better understand and manage treatment for patients with chronic conditions, and two, advance performance for its newly formed accountable care organization (ACO). HealthEast began using Humedica analytics to identify gaps in care, determine which patients are at greatest risk of re-hospitalization or of developing chronic conditions and create strategies for managing or coordinating care for high-utilizers.

At Mercy, Humedica’s clinical analytics platform powers the healthcare system’s accountable care initiatives. Mercy developed a population health governance structure to introduce the analytics tools to its entire organization. Mercy, which is composed of 32 hospitals and 1,700 integrated physicians, serves more than 3 million patients annually in four states.

Mercy officials say they were able to access patient records from their EMR on the implementation date, and immediately saw the benefits of being able to proactively analyze patient populations for targeted interventions.

Both Mercy and HealthEast are hoping to transform healthcare to a value-based model. They assembled teams that understand the value of analytics and can drive the changes necessary to improve their patients’ health and better deploy their clinical resources.

Source: United Health Group, October 21, 2013

2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Accountable Care Organizations documents the numerous ways in which accountable care is transforming healthcare delivery, particularly in the area of care coordination, where the ACO model has had the greatest impact for this year’s respondents.

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