Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Using Technology to Improve Care while Right-sizing Costs

A crowd of approximately 75 healthcare executives gathered this morning at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston to discuss how technology can be used to improve care while right-sizing costs via better analytics. Micky Tripathi, President and CEO of the MA eHealth Collaborative kicked off the morning with a background of the current system and the implementation of EHR systems throughout the state. Next, presentations and discussion followed from the payor's, provider's and 3rd party vendor's perspective. The group is at the forefront of analyzing and applying healthcare data to help improve patient health and quality of care while "right-sizing" costs. Dana Safran, Sr. VP of Performance Measurement and Improvement at BCBSMA, presented an overview of BCBS's Alternative Quality Contract program. Her presentation can be found here Todd Lowthers, Manager of Physician Services, Northeast PHO, presented on market drivers for change, the data environment and the desired state. Todd's presentation can be found here The group also heard from Dr. Jonathan Niloff, Founder and CEO of Medventive.

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