|AfroCentric Health Press Release|
Medscheme Health Intelligence Unit: Global leader in predictive modelling
|Issued by: AfroCentric Health|
[Johannesburg, 10 May 2016]
The award-winning Medscheme Health Intelligence Unit (HIU) has been invited to present at the upcoming Johns Hopkins University 2016 ACG System International Conference. HIU will deliver an update on Medscheme's work using predictive modelling to inform the design of health risk capture strategies.
"We are honoured to participate in the summit in San Diego, alongside many like-minded healthcare academics and researchers from around the world," said Lourens Walters, General Manager of Medscheme's Health Intelligence Unit.
"We are excited to share our experience and lessons learned that health intelligence works collaboratively with healthcare delivery systems, allowing them to pursue population health-based initiatives and close priority gaps in healthcare delivery," Walters added.
Two years ago, at the 2014 ACG System International Conference, Medscheme received the Starfield Award in recognition for Medscheme's HIU's modelling, which helps companies identify and manage the health of members who are at risk for chronic disease."The predictive modelling tool was developed four years ago. We were honoured to receive the Starfield Award from Johns Hopkins University ACG System for the implementation of the Emerging Risk Model and subsequent healthcare interventions. Since then the research and monitoring has continued, and ongoing results prove that the overall solution is effective. The holistic solution is unique and will be offered as an additional product to the university's global clients," he said.
The HIU's predictive modelling curates and codifies the latest evidence-based guidelines and programmes from patient medical records to create a unified care plan, and facilitate care team collaboration for current and future healthcare delivery. Using innovative technologies, Medscheme's HIU is able to deliver more actionable information. It allows healthcare organisations to make better decisions about where to invest resources for managing future risks. The Medscheme HIU is entering into a collaboration agreement with Johns Hopkins University to offer the predictive modelling solution worldwide.
Walters said the research and its findings have the potential to slow healthcare cost escalation, while consistently improving benchmarks related to patient and provider satisfaction scores, as well as facilitating clinical performance improvement.
"We are excited about our health intelligence's potential for transforming healthcare for people with chronic illness from a system that is reactive – responding mainly when a person is sick – to one that is proactive and focused on keeping a person as healthy as possible," said Walters.
"Predictive modelling is rapidly emerging as an invaluable resource for cost-effective population health management. So long as an appropriate evaluation is performed on the predictive model, the modelling tools will produce sustainable improvements in health outcomes and financial returns on intervention programmes," said Walters.
Walters and his colleagues at Medscheme's HIU say sustainable health is a humanitarian goal focusing on the greater good.
"Sustainable health is everybody's goal and we all have a role to play. We all share an imperative to build a meaningful methodology to bring about the noble ideal of providing healthcare to everybody in a sustainable way. Medscheme's award-winning programme is a significant step on this journey," said Walters.