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Enabling Early Intervention for Prostate Cancer in Black Men

By |2022-09-29T09:52:53-04:00September 29th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Black men face many risk factors for being diagnosed with prostate cancer, including a lack of access to healthcare, racial bias that can cause black men not to seek treatment, socioeconomic status, and delayed care. Yet if prostate cancer is detected at the early stages of development, the survival rate is 99%.4 The study's conclusion is that PSA screenings are not only more effective than scientists thought for the general population but benefit black men more than other races. Due to prostate cancer's prevalence in black men, they should be screened earlier and more frequently to monitor and mitigate their risk.

The HIT infrastructure we need to ensure the healthcare system we deserve

By |2022-09-01T16:50:14-04:00September 1st, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

As the nation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to reflect on and address the deficiencies in our healthcare system. In particular, the pandemic revealed stark truths about our healthcare information technology (HIT) systems with respect to racial and ethnic health inequities and our inability to collect and share patient data electronically between providers, payers, public health organizations, and other stakeholders.

How more complete, accurate clinical data can improve benefit design

By |2022-07-28T17:06:37-04:00July 28th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

As of 2019, employer-sponsored health plans covered nearly 155 million Americans. No matter how costs trend for employers in the future, it’s clear that providing the right benefits for employees will only become more challenging. As benefit design for enrollment planning is finalized, these statistics point to a critical need for payers to ensure that self-and fully-insured employers have accurate healthcare analytics derived from highest-quality healthcare data.

The Cures Act conundrum — turning expanded data sharing into more effective data usage

By |2022-07-12T13:40:36-04:00July 12th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

The 21st Century Cures Act was designed to give consumers greater access to their own clinical data and further advance interoperability. Yet, while these two goals are laudable, the Act does not make it any easier to get meaningful insights from payer data. This is because so much of the growing mountain of ingested data is unusable that it must be curated and enriched before it can yield anything of value.

Early Bird Catches the Worm: High-Quality Clinical Data Leads to Successful Care Intervention

By |2022-06-01T16:25:17-04:00June 1st, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Incomplete, inaccurate, or delayed data analyses can all negatively impact clinical decision-making, case management, and disease management interventions. Payers looking to identify gaps in care often utilize claims data that can take many months to receive face challenges obtaining accurate high-quality clinical data from their contracted providers. Data curation services, which acquire, standardize, and normalize clinical data, can present health plans with a complete picture of member encounters.

The Predicament: Quality Insights from Less Than Quality Data

By |2022-05-11T16:43:02-04:00May 10th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

The volume of available data is high, as are the many systems that store and process that data. Despite the quantity and a plethora of IT tools, organizations are faced with the “now what?” dilemma. There is a growing realization that the answer is not simply more data; rather, ensuring that existing data is accurate, complete, and accessible.