Blue Cross of Idaho and NextHealth Technologies Sign Healthcare Analytics Agreement


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Blue Cross of Idaho and NextHealth Technologies Sign Agreement That Puts Advanced Analytics to Work in Improving Healthcare Value

Machine learning cloud platform expected to accelerate opportunities to improve the total cost of care for Blue Cross of Idaho customers

 

MERIDIAN, ID and DENVER, CO — Monday, September 17, 2018 — Blue Cross of Idaho, the largest health insurer in Idaho, and NextHealth Technologies, a cloud-based healthcare analytics company, announced they have entered into a multi-year platform agreement to measure and optimize clinical programs across Blue Cross of Idaho’s membership to improve outcomes and lower costs.

“Blue Cross of Idaho is dedicated to building a healthier Idaho,” said Dave Jeppesen, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Blue Cross of Idaho. “We’re using data to discover what can save our members money and drive down the overall cost of healthcare. Our partnership with NextHealth Technologies will help us create better cost-savings strategies for the future.”

The NextHealth Platform will allow Blue Cross of Idaho to quickly and scientifically improve the impact of clinical and case management programs. It will also support the talented Blue Cross of Idaho team by empowering their culture of measurement, driving smarter decisions and better outcomes through machine learning and advanced analytics.

“NextHealth’s platform allows our team to quickly see the results of clinical programs, which will allow our employees to rapidly test new ideas and bring a better value to our members,” said Jeppesen.

Eric Grossman, CEO of NextHealth Technologies, added, “NextHealth is honored to support Blue Cross of Idaho’s strong commitment to data-driven decisions, and focus on industry-leading cost containment initiatives. We look forward to supporting their vision, cost saving innovations, and impact on the lives of their members.”

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About Blue Cross of Idaho

Blue Cross of Idaho, a not-for-profit mutual insurance company based in Meridian, Idaho, is a leader in delivering innovative health insurance products, services and information to more than 542,000 members. For 73 years, the company has advocated on behalf of its members to ensure they have access to high-quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost. It also serves the people of Idaho through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross of Idaho is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit bcidaho.com.

 

About NextHealth Technologies

Go beyond insights to Know What Works™. NextHealth’s analytics platform measures and optimizes health plans’ clinical and consumer program spend to drive faster and better business decisions, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. Our intuitive and automated SaaS solution utilizes scientifically rigorous methodologies and standardized processes, enabling a culture of measurement. NextHealth’s platform scales to improve any existing program and is deployed with expert services to develop and optimize new programs such as ER reduction, closure of gaps in care, chronic disease state management and more. NextHealth’s platform currently serves over 25 million members for enterprise healthcare clients. For more information, visit nexthealthtechnologies.com or follow NextHealth on Twitter @nexthealthtech

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For media inquiries:

Blue Cross of Idaho
Bret Rumbeck
Public Affairs
[email protected]
members.bcidaho.com
208-387-6921

NextHealth Technologies
Christine Viera
Vice President of Marketing
[email protected]
720-575-6494


Podcast | Finding Answers to Real-World Healthcare Questions Faster with Dr. Scott Halpern

Finding Answers to Real-World Healthcare Questions Faster with Pragmatic Research

A Conversation with Dr. Scott Halpern, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania

In this episode, Eric Grossman, CEO of NextHealth, and Dr. Scott Halpern discuss how healthcare is changing so that we know what works faster. Insurers and employers want answers to real-world questions. Pragmatic Randomized Trials and other modern research approaches can deliver them with in a much shorter time period than in the past.

For an executive summary of key topics, please read the companion blog located here.

Note: The views and opinions expressed by guests of the Analytics & Outcomes Podcast series do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of NextHealth Technologies.


NextHealth Technologies Named in Three of Gartner’s 2018 Hype Cycle Reports

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NextHealth Technologies Named in Three of Gartner’s 2018 Hype Cycle Reports

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DENVER, CO, August 16, 2018 – NextHealth Technologies, which measures and optimizes health plans’ clinical and consumer program spend to drive improved outcomes, today announced that it was named for the third year in a row as a sample vendor in three separate Gartner Hype Cycle reports: “Hype Cycle for U.S. Healthcare Payers, 2018”1 (for Healthcare Consumer Insight as a Service and Retail Analytics for Healthcare Payers ); “Hype Cycle for Healthcare Providers, 2018”2 (for Healthcare Consumer Persuasion Analytics); and “Hype Cycle for Consumer Engagement With Health and Wellness, 2018”3 (for Healthcare Consumer Insight as a Service and Healthcare Consumer Persuasion Analytics).

According to analyst Jeff Cribbs in the “Hype Cycle for U.S. Healthcare Payers, 2018”1, “Healthcare CIOs, IT leaders and analytics leaders should consider HCIaaS an emerging, and potentially crucial, component in developing their enterprise analytics strategy.”

Analyst Mark Gilbert shares, in the “Hype Cycle for Consumer Engagement With Health and Wellness, 20183”, that “HDOs and public health agencies will have to become at least as sophisticated as other consumer/retail industries in analyzing a variety of data that helps uncover root causes of human behavior. The ability to influence behavior will be the key to transformative long-term management of cost and quality outcomes.”

“Healthcare expenditure costs were at $3 trillion in 2016 and rising. That’s 17.9% of GDP. And it’s why our industry must harness the power of analytics to better engage consumers and contain skyrocketing healthcare costs. Health plan executives tell us that advanced analytics is the key to improving member experience. By knowing what works, they can decide what works or doesn’t faster, and predict optimal ways to reach and persuade consumers to change while lowering costs,” said Eric Grossman, CEO of NextHealth. “We’re very honored that Gartner has again named our company’s platform in multiple Hype Cycle reports.”

[1]  Gartner “Hype Cycle for U.S. Healthcare Payers, 2018” by Brad Holmes, Mandi Bishop, Jeff Cribbs, July 18, 2018.

[2] Gartner “Hype Cycle for Healthcare Providers, 2018” by Laura Craft, Mike Jones, July 18, 2018.

[3] Gartner “Hype Cycle for Consumer Engagement With Healthcare and Wellness, 2018” by Jeff Cribbs, Mark E. Gilbert July 20, 2018.

Disclaimer:

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About NextHealth Technologies

Go beyond insights to Know What Works™. NextHealth’s analytics platform measures and optimizes health plans’ clinical and consumer program spend to drive faster and better business decisions, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. Our intuitive and automated SaaS solution utilizes scientifically rigorous methodologies and standardized processes, enabling a culture of measurement. NextHealth’s platform scales to improve any existing program and is deployed with expert services to develop and optimize new programs such as ER reduction, closure of gaps in care, chronic disease state management and more. NextHealth’s NextNudge™ platform currently serves over 25 million members for enterprise healthcare clients. For more information, visit nexthealthtechnologies.com.

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For media inquiries:

NextHealth Technologies
Christine Viera
Vice President, Marketing
[email protected]


NextHealth Technologies Hosts Executive Advisory Council to Discuss Cost Containment Initiatives

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Healthcare executives representing 28% of covered lives in the United States gather to discuss creating a culture of measurement

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DENVER, CO — Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — NextHealth Technologies, an analytics platform that measures and optimizes health plans’ program spend to drive faster and more informed business decisions, reduced costs, and improved outcomes, today announced that it is hosting its spring Executive Advisory Council in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center March 1-2, 2018. Senior executives on the council represent a mix of national, regional and blues health plans as well as state healthcare authorities, and they collectively oversee 28% of the covered lives in the United States.

The Executive Advisory Council (“EAC”) is an invitation-only think tank that brings together biannually some of healthcare’s most innovative minds to discuss cost containment strategies for health plans in a collaborative, small-group setting. The intent is to inspire and connect in a time of sea change in the industry. The focus for the March event is to explore how to test and learn to create a “culture of measurement” for a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Other industries have been capitalizing for many years on the value generated by rapidly and affordably testing and iterating on what works,” said Eric Grossman, CEO of NextHealth. “For health plans facing down shifting market forces, potential disruption, and political uncertainty, there has never been a more critical time to accelerate their ability to make better, faster decisions based on data to drive down costs and allocate investment dollars.”

“Microsoft is dedicated to increasing innovation and impact in healthcare leveraging the cloud and AI,” said Sam Robinson, national director, Health Plan Industry, U.S. Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft. “Working with NextHealth and industry innovators represents our commitment to provide value and drive down costs in health care.”

About NextHealth Technologies

Go beyond insights to Know What Works™. NextHealth’s analytics platform measures and optimizes health plans’ clinical and consumer program spend to drive faster and better business decisions, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. Our intuitive and automated SaaS solution utilizes scientifically rigorous methodologies and standardized processes, enabling a culture of measurement. NextHealth’s platform scales to evaluate any existing program and is deployed with managed services support to develop and optimize new programs such as ER reduction, gaps in care closure, chronic disease state management, etc. Clients include UnitedHealthcare, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and Florida Blue. Know what works in as little 60 days from deployment. For more information, visit nexthealthtechnologies.com.

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NextHealth Highlighted in 5280's "Digital Health Boom"

NextHealth Technologies was recently highlighted in 5280 Magazine's January 2018 showcase on Denver's booming digital health scene. The company was called out for its focus on cutting costs by "knowing what works" for health plans and healthcare consumers through better population targeting, measurement and optimization of clinical and engagement programs.

As consumers become more responsible for their healthcare choices and for spending more of their own money on those choices, it's never been more important to know which programs will work best for them on an individualized basis. There are a dizzying array of programs to improve and manage health, from diabetes management to smoking cessation to urgent care - it's hard to know which one will be most effective in spurring the best outcomes. NextHealth's analytics platform not only measures the outcomes of these programs with scientific rigor and accuracy, but it also automatically optimizes those outcomes by helping direct consumers to the programs that work best for them, saving money and importantly, improving their health.