Humana buys data analytics company to boost quality

Humana is apparently on a buying spree, announcing its fourth purchase in the last five months. This time around it's acquiring Anvita, a data analytics company that, according to Humana, can "transform enormous volumes of clinical data into actionable intelligence."

Buying San Diego-based Anvita will help Humana's clients improve healthcare quality while identifying cost savings for individuals and populations, Fox Business reports.

"We're excited about what this acquisition will mean for Humana health-plan members, health-care providers and employer-customers," Humana CEO Michael McCallister said in a Dec. 7 press release.

Humana has used Anvita since 2010 to identify members' gaps in care and drug safety concerns. The insurer also uses Anvita data to send automated messages to its members, providers and its own service representatives, according to the press release.

"As Humana seeks to optimize the ways the company touches all levels of the health care system, it's increasingly necessary to implement an even broader set of clinical outreach efforts and to deploy stronger analytical tools," Paul Kusserow, the insurer's chief strategy and corporate development officer, said in a statemet.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Humana also has recently purchased an in-home chronic care provider and two California-based HMOs that operate Medicare Advantage plans.

To learn more:
- here's the Humana press release
- read the Fox Business article

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