Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield conducted a pilot study with IHIE to supplement Anthem’s claims database with clinical information. The goal of this pilot was to see if IHIE had clinical information – specifically lab results – related to 200,000 commercial members. The staggering amount of clinical information found in this small subset of members was surprising to both organizations.
Practically, this information can show if a patient’s diabetes is actually under control. With diabetes as a leading cause of death in the United States, and its high prevalence, partnerships such as this one have the ability to put a real dent in containing healthcare costs. Proper interventions can also provide a higher quality of life for those suffering from diabetes. Moving forward, Anthem and IHIE are exploring how this pilot study can be translated into use in the real-world.