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Predictive Analytics and Your Health

predictive analytics for healthcareMost health organizations currently use descriptive analytics to document and report on what happens in the past. While descriptive analytics are useful, predictive analytics take the interpretation of historical data one step further. Predictive analytics involve studying patterns and trends in historical health data to make predictions about the future. For example, let’s say you have diabetes. Your healthcare provider can determine how at-risk you are for thyroid disorders commonly associated with diabetes by studying how patients similar to you have progressed in the past. This information will then allow them to develop a preventative treatment plan specifically for you and your health.

As value-based care models grow in popularity, predictive analytics become more important to health management. In order to provide quality care focusing on long-term health instead of quantity of visits, organizations need the right technology to provide accurate data. Incorporating predictive analytics tools into a population health management plan is an easy way to implement effective health care methods focused on preventative treatments. Here are a few additional benefits to having predictive analytics:

  • Cost-effective

Being able to predict when patients will need what type of care will save health care organizations money. Instead of wasting valuable resources trying to diagnose and treat an illness when a patient begins to notice symptoms, providers can use predictive analytics to narrow the possibilities and make more accurate diagnoses.

  • Improved long-term health

Predicting future health problems will also help providers create wellness plans tailored to meet the needs of each patient. These customized wellness plans, like our personal health management plans, will focus on the long-term health and preventative treatments to improve the well-being and health of each patient.

  • Fiscal incentives

Instead of using the traditional fee-for-service payment methods, organizations can adopt value-based care models where providers are rewarded for having patients with fewer visits and improved health. Not only will fewer resources go to waste, but providers will also have financial incentives to encourage them to provide quality care for their patients.

You can learn more about how we’re developing sophisticated preventative treatment plans and wellness programs at Catholic Benefits Trust by contacting us!

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How Mobile Technology Is Transforming Health Care

mobile tech and preventative health care and dataYou’ve probably noticed people wearing bracelets or clip-on devices to track their steps and monitor vitals. Or maybe you’ve seen people logging their health information such as heart rate, calorie intake or weight on an app to help track their progress. It’s likely you’ve used one of these mobile devices to monitor your own health as well. These mobile devices can be used for more than just personal goals and well-being. Mobile devices are revolutionizing the way patient data is gathered and giving us new insight into preventive medicine. Here are a few key benefits to using mobile devices in health care:

1. Flexibility and Convenience

64% of adults in the US own smartphones. Wearable technology is expected to grow from 21 million units in 2014 to 150 million units in 2019. Mobile devices are popular because they’re easy to use, no matter where you go, and are just as capable as computers. You can store all of your health data in the palm of your hand without having to fill out a special form at the doctor’s office.

2. Valuable Source of Data

With so many people staying connected and tracking their data, it makes collecting information on patients easier and more accurate. Data collection has already proven to be an effective strategy for tracking infectious diseases and it can also be used to help physicians make more accurate diagnoses. By consulting relevant patient data, a doctor could diagnose and treat you based on data from patients with similar demographics and symptoms.

3. Clinical Trials

Sharing patient data with researchers is another way mobile technology has improved health care. Research companies are able to analyze the data to determine the best test subjects when conducting clinical trials. A recent breakthrough in the treatment of lung cancer resulted from a data-sharing arrangement with pharmaceutical companies.

Mobile technology allows us to accumulate large amounts of accurate data, which can then be used to benefit the public. For example, it may seem like you’re healthy, but your primary care physician might notice you’re following a pattern similar to another group of patients who experienced problems. Your doctor would be able to recommend treatment or other steps you can take to avoid having bigger health problems in the future.

At Catholic Benefits Trust, we recognize the potential mobile technology and patient data has when it comes to improving health care. We offer valuable benchmark data to our members so they can compare their progress with other CBT members. As a member, you can access this data warehouse whenever you want and use it to improve your health programs.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits our members receive.


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