Verisk Health to Help Atrius Health Identify and Mitigate Healthcare Risk

WALTHAM, Mass., October, 20, 2010 — Verisk Health, Inc., announced today that Atrius Health has selected SightlinesTM Medical Intelligence and DxCG Risk Solutions to identify, manage, and predict healthcare risk across its commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare populations. Atrius Health is a nonprofit alliance of five multi-specialty medical groups in eastern Massachusetts with more than 800 physicians caring for 700,000 patients. Verisk Health is a global leader in the provision of data mining and analytics required to improve healthcare quality and to mitigate healthcare cost risks.

“Gaining analytical insight into the quality and cost drivers, disease burden, and future utilization associated with our patient population is crucial to supporting our mission of caring for the community,” said Rick Lopez, M.D., chief physician executive of Atrius Health. “The Verisk Health solutions will help us identify opportunities to proactively assess and mitigate health risk to improve medical and financial outcomes.”

Atrius Health will use the SightlinesTM solution suite to integrate medical, pharmacy, and eligibility data into one comprehensive database. Sightlines will also allow Atrius Health to apply clinical and business intelligence to identify both problems and opportunities that impact quality of care and costs. The data-driven solutions will enable Atrius Health to improve provider performance and implement strategic business objectives across the organization’s five medical groups, including:

  • forecasting utilization metrics
  • conducting quality of care metrics analysis to identify gaps in care
  • assessing the illness burden of individuals and groups
  • identifying patients at risk for high-cost cases
  • improving clinical metrics
  • identifying provider practice trends for impact on cost and risk

“The need for quality and cost management has never been greater than it is today, and data is the crucial component to drive operations and strategy,” said Chris Kryder, M.D., chief executive officer of Verisk Health. “We are very excited to team with Atrius Health to produce the rapid data aggregation and ever-stronger analytics they need to better inform operational and strategic decisions that make a difference.”

The SightlinesTM solution suite is used by leading healthcare organizations, including health plans, third-party administrators, medical groups, and benefit consultants, to understand and reduce healthcare risk to control costs and improve quality. The solution is also used by government agencies in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to allocate funding and improve health status.

About Verisk Health
Verisk Health, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics, leverages healthcare data to help businesses and governments understand their medical and financial risk for the purpose of managing costs and clinical outcomes more effectively. Through the combination of leading predictive science, the finest evidence-based clinical engine, and superior technology, we have created the most extensive independent risk assessment and decision analytics platform in the healthcare industry. Our primary focus is to identify actionable strategies for managing healthcare costs and quality at both the individual and population levels. We consistently research, evaluate, and invest in our business to ensure that we remain leaders in our industry and the most efficient and effective solution for our clients. For more information, please visit www.veriskhealth.com.

About Atrius Health
Atrius Health is an alliance of five community-based medical groups, including Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group, that is committed to making it easy for patients to be healthier. The Massachusetts nonprofit organization was created to enable collaboration on new and better ways of delivering care while maintaining an emphasis on care for the local community. Atrius Health represents more than 800 physicians and over 1,300 other health professionals serving more than 700,000 patients throughout eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.atriushealth.org.

Release: Immediate

Contact:
Trish Tarantino (Verisk Health)
ttarantino@veriskhealth.com
781-693-3784