Tuesday 16th October, 2012
4:25pm to 5:05pm
Health care is, belatedly, launching into an information revolution. In a handful of states, all-payer claims databases (APCDs) gather data on the medical services and supplies used by all the citizens. For the first time, it is possible to pinpoint not only the changing incidence of diseases, but how they vary by patients’ locale, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, among other factors. The Big Data power of APCDs reveal differences in practice patterns across the community and whether those differences result in better quality, lower cost, or neither. For consumers, enhanced reporting of the outcomes of treatment options, the quality of doctors and hospitals, and the actual cost of care will result in more control and self-direction than ever before possible.
We will discuss the results of APCDs so far, and explore their potential and implications in the short and long term.
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