Premera Blue Cross has broadened its partnership with predictive health care analytics startup Cardinal Analytx Solutions with a view toward identifying why certain individuals have extreme escalations in medical treatment. Cardinal Analytx’s machine learning models “can predict members with near-term care needs, accurately and consistently over time,” says Colt Courtright, director of corporate data and analytics at Premera. He adds that the Blues plan has found these members are willing to engage in care management support. This indicates the program both will help members and eventually show a population-level return on investment, he says.
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