In our Are You Ready for Health Intelligence series, we’ve looked at identifying the current habits in your health management systems, and how to understand if your data is currently giving you the direction you need. Now, we need to add a layer to this. In our last installment, we acknowledged that it isn’t more data that you need — it’s direction. But unless you know what conditions and issues you need to target and why – you’ll be stuck throwing plans and programs at the wall, hoping one of them will stick.
What do you want to analyze and why?
Employers have no shortage of data. From claims reports, to biometric screening results, and clinic utilization metrics – there is a plethora of information available. It’s critical to identify which employee health metrics are linked directly to your organization’s most pressing business issues and how leveraging your data can improve your employee populations’ health.
Consider these factors:
- Do you need to predict which wellness initiatives are the most likely to reduce employee turnover as you experience rapid customer growth?
- Do you need to identify the best strategies for reducing PEPM health costs, while retaining your workforce?
- Do you need to evaluate employee health in satellite locations to forecast the ROI of adding an on- or near-site clinic?
Successful employers use smart health initiatives as the means to an end. They focus on supporting important health management decisions with a clear link to goals and outcomes. The most effective and intelligent initiatives use a “walk before you run” strategy. They start with fairly narrow, specific questions and direct all efforts towards answering those questions. As the organization’s ability to act on data-driven insights matures, they tackle more complex issues.
See how with Health Intelligence, one organization’s leadership was able to target specific focus populations and track gaps in care and compliance for their most prevalent chronic condition – diabetes.
And in case you miss the first two installments of our Are You Ready for Health Intelligence series, click here.