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  • For organizations seeking to improve their population health management capabilities, big data is a critical part of the journey. Gathering information from different sources – such as claims, medical records, and lab systems – can help providers paint a picture of patients’ health, target resources to those who need them most, and measure health outcomes. At Lee Health, leaders recognized the need for a solution that would help them build an infrastructure to unify data from these different sources, resulting in improved care management and population health management applications.
  • Lee Health partnered with Innovaccer to implement a horizontal solution that would drive quality. The platform helps providers and care managers keep up with changes in patients’ health status, helping them stay ahead of poor outcomes.
  • For health systems looking to enhance the use of big data, leaders should first understand what their goals are and how they plan to achieve them. “Number one, you need to have a strategy. You need to know how you're going to differentiate yourself in whatever area you're looking to support with that tool,” Millette stated. “You should also remember that the unified data platform is simply a tool – it’s a means to an end. It is by far not the only thing. You have to have network infrastructures, and you have to have the right contracts with payers to move and perform in value. There are a number of different levers you need to have, and they're all important.”

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