Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Launches New Health Analytics Platform to support Rhode Island Primary Care Providers

Blue Insights for Rhode Island, a new data and analytics platform that offers a 360-view of patients’ preventive, chronic and complex health needs, is now available to support providers, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today. By making it easier for clinicians to assess individual patient information and offering the ability to analyze data for entire patient populations, Blue Insights will further raise the standard of care, leading to a better patient experience and improved health outcomes. Additionally, providers and health systems will now have accelerated access to information necessary to succeed in value-based payment arrangements.
Blue Insights offers Rhode Island primary care providers access to patient care registries, which include specific information necessary for effective care support and coordination for patients with complex and chronic care needs. Additionally, providers can proactively identify care gaps to keep patients healthy, as well as identify emerging health concerns. As a result, BCBSRI members will be encouraged to address needed screenings or preventative care (such as colonoscopies or flu shots). New electronic tools will allow providers to track the progress of patients with chronic conditions, send reminders or alerts to members for tests or follow up appointments, and ensure patients are filling prescriptions. The Blue Insights health analytics platform will promote:  
· Access to critical health information, allowing members and their physicians to make informed choices about specialty physicians, facilities and treatments 
· Timely patient care interventions through health monitoring systems
· Alignment of industry standard analytics and proactive patient intervention to improve the delivery of care and patient health
· Comprehensive analysis of payer and provider data to optimize care delivery and cost, based on the patient experience 
“Today in healthcare, leading edge organizations are using advanced analytics to make data ‘smarter’ and actionable. Blue Cross is taking a major step forward with Blue Insights, which provides information to our clinical partners to improve the care experience and outcomes for our members,” said Mark Waggoner, senior vice president for care integration and management at BCBSRI. “Blue Insights is a great example of our commitment to actively supporting our provider partners in their quest for continuously improved care.”
The Blue Insights health analytics platform was developed in partnership with MedeAnalytics, a pioneer in healthcare analytics. The next phase of the development will provide new self-service reporting capabilities for providers. In tandem with BCBSRI’s recently announced partnership with Dell Services and continued use of BCBS Plan’s national data capability powering analytics, BCBSRI now has access to the resources to deliver sophisticated analytics to offer providers timely access to their clinical, quality and financial performance. This will provide the foundation for new targeted care management, care coordination and member engagement and is available to all primary care providers in Rhode Island.  
“We want every primary care physician in Rhode Island to use Blue Insights for our members,” said Erik Helms, vice president of provider network and medical economics for BCBSRI. “In creating even closer partnerships with providers, we can collectively refine existing care and disease management programs and continue to advance Rhode Islanders’ health.” 
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