Health care’s future is charted by data analytics.

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My friend, who thinks I know everything about healthcare because I work in it, asked me if I had downloaded any apps that predict heart attacks. And the questions kept coming:

Much has already been written about the role of data analytics in healthcare.  After all, healthcare organizations collect enormous amounts of patient statistics, right? These same care providers utilize systems that analyze relevant health data allowing them to identify patients with “hidden” health issues to both promote wellness and prevent adverse events.

Electronic health and medical record systems now capture clinically discovered and patient-reported information.  This data is being integrated with diagnostic test results; hospital and physician visit feedback and physical as well as historical facts.  All of those details are now being matched with socioeconomic data aggregated by public and private entities. That mash-up of info shifts what was just data into a clinical asset for caregivers. Given this convergence of patient information and doctor diagnosis data, is it any wonder why tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Google are entering the healthcare market? Data is creating a “sky is the limit” window of opportunity in today’s healthcare landscape.

On top of this emergence of data, the Trump administration announced the launch of a new initiative where patients will also take control of their own healthcare data.  Called “My Health E-Data, the program aims at transferring access to individuals all their healthcare records.  CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, announced that patients would have anytime access to their information, as well as the ability to take their data with them, from provider to provider.

Utilizing analytics to discover quality improvements has helped provider organizations also understand how data analysis can improve care coordination while minimizing unnecessary expenses.  As health care models shift away from fee-for-service and begin to move more towards value-based care, hospitals, providers and insurance companies will leverage data even more for more effective ways to treat the populations they serve.

Healthcare organizations have come to realize the power of data. When studied and analyzed, it can help them innovate and lead. Leveraging information for population health management now identifies hidden patterns presenting caregivers with actionable information. This all has many companies updating their strategies for incorporating use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) capabilities toward the health industry’s next stage of tech innovations.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for Silicon Valley’s solutions to our healthcare challenges.  If nothing else maybe drones will help.

Alex Veletsos, Ed.D, CHCIO, Vice President, Information TechnologyAlex Veletsos, Ed.D, CHCIO, Vice President, Information Technology

Together Health Network Welcomes Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark joins Together Health Network administrative team as summer intern.

Southfield, MI – May 9, 2018, Together Health Network (http://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org) announces the addition of Taylor Clark as Together Health Network’s summer intern.

Taylor ClarkTaylor is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has joined Together Health Network for a summer administrative internship. Her work will include population health programs, network and quality analytics, post-acute care, and credentialing. After graduation, Taylor plans to pursue a career in healthcare administration.

Together Health Network president and CEO, Scott Eathorne said, “We’re excited to add Taylor’s energy and experience to our staff. We know she’ll provide fresh ideas and insight from her growing health care industry resume’.”

About Together Health Network
Together Health Network’s objective is to improve both health and care for Michigan residents by facilitating relationships within its network of physician organizations, health systems, insurers, patients, and health providers. At the core of Together Health Network’s culture are clinicians connected by a common purpose and meaning; they lead with a team-based care approach, which is based on a shared commitment and vision of positive outcomes. It is estimated that 75% of Michigan residents are within 20 minutes of one of the network’s 30 hospitals and thousands of ambulatory centers and physician offices. For more information, visit http://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org/.