"On one hand, some of the social variation may not reflect the nation as a whole," she says. "For example, we do have patients who have come to Intermountain for a good part of their life. But, we have a long, longitudinal view. There's value when you're wanted to look at real world information."
Holzhauser says that when other providers use the tool, in increase the richness of population health data overall.
"We're not suggesting intermingling the data," she says. "Rather, if they use the same toolset (PopulationMiner), for women over 40 with COPD, for example, then they may notice that at Intermountain, patients have a shorter length of stay, and then start to analyze why."
Another key part of developing this subscription-based population tool is based on the financial reality of increasing costs. Licensing healthcare data to other organizations to use is a new revenue stream, Holzhauser concedes.
"We are looking out into the future," she says. "We looked at accountable care and said, 'That's not enough,' so we asked ourselves, 'How can we be better, and also do we have value that others are willing to pay for?' "