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Walgreens to Use Big Data Analytics for Care Improvement

February 5, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Walgreens has turned to big data in its in-store health clinics by implementing a patient assessment tool and technology platform to bolster improvements in care, according to a recent company announcement.

The drugstore chain has tapped Inovalon, a Bowie, Md.-based data analytics technology company to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 healthcare clinics at select Walgreens locations.

With the implementation, Inovalon’s tool, electronic patient assessment solution suite (ePASS), the company’s analysis of more than 8.3 billion medical events brings analytic insights to healthcare clinic programs.

The ePASS system aims to deliver a patient assessment tool with individualized predictive analytics to the point of care, supporting advanced insight and efficient resolution of gaps in quality, care, patient assessment, documentation, and risk score accuracy. The risk score models of Medicare Advantage, Commercial Health Insurance Exchange, and state managed Medicaid are each supported within the ePASS system.

The platform also supports quality outcomes programs including HEDIS (the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Stars, state Medicaid programs, and the commercial accreditation requirements of NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) and URAC (formerly the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission).

Read the source article at Walgreens Newsroom

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