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Walgreens employs analytics for work-site health clinics
January 22nd, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. – Walgreen Co. has enlisted data and measurement tools from SCIO Health Analytics to help employers get optimal benefit from the drug chain's workplace health centers.
In a pilot program developed by SCIO, companies will be able to gauge the efficacy and outcomes of Walgreens work-site health clinics and employee wellness programs, the health analytics firm said Tuesday.
SCIO will collect claims, clinic information and activity data for employers and — through data integration, member profiling and outcomes analytics — provide actionable information and reporting to show the value and impact of the health centers. The pilot also will spotlight areas of opportunity in which the Walgreens clients can further improve employee health and pare costs.
"Data and analytics are important tools that help demonstrate the value of our employer-based health and wellness offerings, from improved patient outcomes and overall savings to also identifying needs for new or diversified services," Trent Riley, divisional vice president for the Walgreens Health and Wellness division, said in a statement. "Walgreens is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to integrate the latest technology to deliver valuable insights to our clients, while their employees get, stay and live well."
Managed by the Walgreens Employer Solutions Group, the workplace health clinics such health and wellness services as primary medical care, pharmacy, occupational health, fitness, nutrition, chronic condition management, physical therapy, infusion services, dental and vision.
SCIO noted that the use of advanced analytics tools will help Walgreens and its employer clients sharpen strategies for health and wellness services, as well as improve financial performance and boost productivity and employee satisfaction. The tools, too, can play a role in employer initiatives tied to health promotion, disease prevention and overall employee wellness.
"Data analysis and accurate measurement of population health are what leads to better health care decision making, and we are thrilled to assist Walgreens in this endeavor," stated Phil Fiero, vice president of health analytics and operations at SCIO. "These work-site health programs can help employers significantly improve member health and reduce costs both short-term and long-term that are associated with clinical illness progression and diminished employee productivity."
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