Is your data organized to allow for utilization?


Even early-adopter health systems – leaders in the transition to population health management who have relied on data for some time – find it valuable to review their analytics platforms and ask, ‘what can you do for me now?’

One such system is Mercy health system – a Pioneer ACO and participant in the Physicians Group Practice demonstration project.

Mercy’s Chief Operating Officer Marc Gunter says the organization and distribution of data was one challenge the group faced – especially as it grew from about 100 physicians to more than 2,100 in a short period of time.

Mercy includes 46 hospitals and more than 700 physicians’ practices and outpatient facilities in four states.

Gunter says leaders at Mercy worked with Optum to find the best way to segment the data. They chose to organize their analytics the way they organized Mercy – first into east, west and central regions and then by individual community.

Then they worked to make sure physicians could utilize the data.

“We provide access to all of our primary care providers,” says Gunter.

“We’ve also done things like embed links to our platform in our Mercy intranet… a kind of a one-stop place for our physicians to go.”

Gunter answers five questions in five minutes about fine-tuning population health management through data analytics in a #5in5 interview. You can read his insights on the decision to utilize an analytics platform, speeding up the exchange of data and working with physicians who may question any results.

Explore additional information in the journey to value-based care in the free white paper Getting from Big Data to Good Data: Creating a Foundation for Actionable Analytics.

About the author

Karen Thomas-SmithKaren Thomas-Smith is vice president of Provider Marketing & Reference Management at Optum. She brings to the role more than 15 years of global experience in the software industry. Karen has shared her unique ideas on corporate culture and leadership in a number of television appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes and Canada Public Television. Prior to her position at Optum, Karen spent time at Allscripts and SAS.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

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