Health / Pharma

Big Data: The Key To Better Health Care?

The discussion about how to fix health care in America shouldn’t focus on websites or servers or insurance mandates or policies. It should focus on better data analytics.

That’s according to a panel of experts who spoke Tuesday at the TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Roadshow in Boston, which examined the use of big data solutions in the health-care industry. Several speakers, including Corbin Petro, the chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid in Boston, talked about the value of collecting good, actionable data to improve customer service and reduce costs.

For example, Petro discussed her office’s use of data analytics in Medicaid screening for more than 1 million residents. Massachusetts this year became the first state to implement a predictive modeling application for Medicaid pre-payment fraud and abuse.

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