Population health capabilities span well beyond data aggregation, and at Ayin Health Solutions, a spinout of Renton, Wash.-based Providence, data insights driven from patient populations are used to help healthcare clients on a full-service scale, according to CEO Rhonda Medows, MD.
The population health management company, which launched in December 2018, leverages data analytics to help health systems, payers and employers develop more informative strategies to address gaps in care and pinpoint areas of their businesses that could be improved.
Ayin primarily works with Medicaid, Medicare and dual-eligible populations. Dr. Medows, who also serves as president of population health management at Providence, said she and her team started the population health management company after realizing they had success cross-analyzing data from vulnerable populations’ health plans with claims, pharmacy and clinical data from EHRs.
“We learned how to use some of the pieces from the health plan where we have proven successes in improving clinical quality patient experience and reducing inappropriate utilization,” Dr. Medows said. “Then we marry that [data] up with our experience of the health plan working with our large provider delivery system, which is kind of like working with several different countries because each community and each region works a little bit different.”
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After realizing how to make population health management strategies coincide with improving clinical quality, Providence expanded its services beyond its insurance plan Providence Plan Partners and formed Ayin. Defined as “all knowing and divine,” Dr. Medows said Ayin strives to help healthcare organizations see beyond the multiple facets of population health and build a more comprehensive strategy.
Here, Dr. Medows discusses Ayin’s approach to distinguish itself in the world of population health and how the organization navigates privacy concerns relating to the use of patient data.
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review