I hear bugles in the distance.
As they trailblaze the vast value-based healthcare delivery frontier opening up before them, insurance carriers have encountered two daunting obstacles: engaging individual customers, who are becoming determinants of value; and harnessing a treasure trove of health data.
Consumer engagement has risen to pivotal importance in the healthcare industry, Margaret Rowland, MD, chief medical officer of Portland-based CareOregon, told me this week. "Consumer engagement is essential for achieving ideal health outcomes. If you are going to get good health outcomes, a population has to be engaged in the process. If they are not involved, then it won't make a long-term difference," she says.
CareOregon, a nonprofit that covers 160,000 people and focuses primarily on the low-income and vulnerable, has teamed up with Health Integrated to leverage the Tampa, FL-based company's data analytics and consumer engagement capabilities to help provide cost-effective care to the health plan's most costly patients: members of medically vulnerable populations such as people suffering from multiple chronic illnesses.