Health system analytics project targets at-risk populations

Catholic Health Initiatives is teaming with Accenture on a nine-month initiative using analytics to identify ways to better monitor and improve care for at-risk populations.

The project also aims to improve the information management capabilities across the organization's health facilities in 17 states, focusing on enhanced data warehouse capabilities and information management governance.

"By identifying at-risk population groups, such as the uninsured and Medicare recipients, we can provide precise interventions that will improve overall patient care and quality of life," Evon Holladay, CHI vice president of Enterprise Intelligence, said in an announcement.

The initiative is an extension of the analytics collaboration by the two companies for the past year. Accenture's platform is to be applied to future quality measurement programs, including care management, clinical integration, managed care and value-based purchasing initiatives. Clinical efficiency and cost control are central to the effort.

The nation's second largest nonprofit healthcare chain also recently signed a $200 million IT service contract with Indian outsourcing firm Wipro, Live Mint reports. The contract calls for Wipro to manage the healthcare system's computer systems, networks, data centers and servers for more than three years.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh recently told FierceHealthIT that he expects collaborative technology development efforts between providers and vendors to increase as organizations look for new revenue.

Geisinger Health System, for one, is among the provider organizations getting into the analytics business by forming a new company, XG Health Solutions. Other analytics tie-ups include the University of California and IBM on brain swelling, Intermountain Healthcare and Deloitte to provide analytics services, and insurer UnitedHealth and Mayo Clinic to apply analytics to research improved care.

As FierceHealthIT's Dan Bowman has written, the key to success with population management data is developing a plan of action from it.

To learn more:
- find the announcement
- here's the Live Mint article