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Health Share of Oregon, Health Catalyst expand behavioral health analytics programs

The application platform combines the features of data warehousing, clinical data repositories and health information exchanges.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

In an effort to lower the cost of healthcare, and further enhance quality in the bargain, Health Share of Oregon and Health Catalyst have expanded their partnership through the implementation of a data-first application platform and associated tools.

Health Share of Oregon is the state's largest coordinated care organization serving Medicaid members, and its mission is twofold: Improve health outcomes while contributing cost savings to the healthcare system.

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To support that work, Health Share will expand its current deployment of the Health Catalyst Enterprise Data Warehouse to adopt the full Health Catalyst Data Operating System, or DOS -- an application platform that combines the features of data warehousing, clinical data repositories and health information exchanges. It simplifies the secure sharing, analysis and availability of information from multiple data systems.

Additionally, Health Share will implement the new Health Catalyst Population Builder tool, and a co-developed risk tool for opioid prescribing. Together, the DOS platform and the tools is expected to enhance Health Share's care delivery improvement efforts, particularly within the behavioral health system.

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"Our expanded relationship with Health Catalyst is an exciting opportunity to accelerate improvements in performance and quality," said John A. Sanders, Health Share's chief information officer, in a statement "For example, we know that an estimated 120,000 Oregonians suffer from opioid addiction, and last year, opioid overdose killed an average of three people in the Portland-metro area every week. Through the new opioid risk tool, our provider partners can access data allowing them to determine the best course of treatment for patients."

To optimize the suite of products, Health Catalyst improvement specialists will work onsite at Health Share to help achieve clinical and financial quality goals.

The new opioid risk tool is a machine learning solution designed to calculate a member's risk of opioid addiction and overdose. The solution, co-developed by Health Share and Health Catalyst, analyzes insurance claims data, including a patient's medication history, and assigns each patient a risk score, helping to better inform providers about how to best treat their patients.

The Population Builder tool enables analysis of millions of data points to identify specific populations of patients that need specialized preventive services, such as behavioral health services for severe mental illness and substance abuse. The tool identifies and manages specific populations for internal quality improvement and research, or for reporting to external organizations.

Critical patient groups identified by Population Builder will be made available within a wide variety of Health Catalyst analytic applications to reveal opportunities for quality and cost performance improvements.

Twitter: @JELagasse
Email the writer: jeff.lagasse@himssmedia.com

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