Additional findings include:
- 95 percent of respondents are interested in having access to the information that advanced analytics can provide
- 90 percent of respondents said that near-real-time data is imperative to realizing costs savings
- 94 percent agree that "healthcare analytics can help me evaluate which wellness programs would be most effective to offer to my employees"
- 83 percent agree that using advanced analytics to understand how your employees use healthcare services, who your high-risk employees are and how to intervene effectively is the only way to lower costs and improve financial results
- When asked about what data and reports would be helpful, the top three responses were data on the number of employees regularly visiting the emergency department but who have not seen their primary care doctor in the last year; timely data on percentage of pre-diabetic employees who have not seen their primary care doctor in the last year; and an evaluation of their company's healthcare spend against similarly sized companies in their industry or region
- Of respondents who were not currently using advanced analytics tools, the perceived barriers to use were cost (38 percent), insufficient internal resources (31 percent) and needs already supported by health plan or broker (54 percent)
"Healthcare costs are still growing faster than inflation and are expected to increase 6.5 percent through next year, leaving employers, health plans and consumers struggling to find ways to contain costs without sacrificing quality and benefit design," said Heather Lavoie, Geneia's chief strategy officer. "At Geneia, we know that the insight gained through advanced analytic tools offers employers the very real possibility of lowering costs while retaining competitive employee benefit programs. In just 20 minutes on our Theon® platform, one Fortune 500 client identified more than $500,000 in medical cost savings along with actionable information to address these cost drivers and improve employee health."
The online survey of human resource and benefits administrators was conducted in August and September 2016. Of the responses received, 89 percent of employers said they were self-funded, 69 percent work for companies that employ more than 1,000 and 60 percent said they are not current users of advanced analytic tools. Regionally, 50 percent of respondents were from the South, 26 percent were from the Northeast, 15 percent were from the West and 9 percent were from the Midwest.
Geneia specializes in the development of advanced clinical, analytics, and technical solutions for healthcare transformation. Its team of physicians, nurses, technologists, analytics experts, and business professionals have created a suite of solutions that enable health plans, hospitals and employers to better understand, evaluate and manage the health of their populations. Using its advanced analytics platform, remote patient monitoring tool, and education and research institute, Geneia works with healthcare organizations to improve outcomes, lower costs and restore the Joy of Medicine. The company has offices in Harrisburg, PA, Manchester, NH, and Nashville, TN. To learn more, visit geneia.com or connect with us Twitter and LinkedIn.
About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
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*Formerly the National Business Coalition on Health
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