Ok here’s one I missed relative to United and interesting the site has an edu address since there appears to be a lot for sale here.   I looked at some of this and don’t know if I am on target or not but it seems to resemble a lot of the old Ingenix analytics, at least in language here.  There are several section across the top and one of them is titled “increase revenue” along with improving and measuring performance.  You know by the time everyone runs their analytics and hopefully human ethics won’t be left out, the algorithms won’t let one move much in either direction any more.  There’s a Strategic Revenue enhancement partnership section (again reminds me of Ingenix material).  They offer group purchasing for all kinds of areas and are encouraging suppliers to sign up. 

Here’s a quick screenshot of the links across the top of the web site.
imageYou can buy all kinds of insurance here..and it appears you have to pay to join as all areas of the site need to be tracked so they can see who’s visiting and predict what type of analytics you might need:)
imageYou can also see which Universities are currently members, and again if this is new how did they all get on here?  Did I miss something or is it just the research institute part of it that is new as it states the UHC was been around since 1984, and again Ingenix was around then and of course they were used by non profits all over the place for clearinghouse and billing software services.  I looked at press releases here and saw some dating back to 2009 about adding price competitive indexing to spending analytics tool and another for recovery audit contractor reviews…again this is what reminds me of Ingenix the data analytic arm of United that has been around for many years so perhaps through this affiliation they received discounts as being non profit universities?  Through the purchasing portion here I saw other product that United does not product like RXLink offered. 
At any rate yet one more United company added to their long and big daisy chain of subsidiaries so they pretty much get revenue everywhere whether it’s consulting to bring a drug or device to the FDA to loaning money from their bank to the analytics used for administering and evaluating anesthesia…and there’s lots more.  If you use the words “subsidiary watch” you will find a bunch of their subs on there to include their HIE, EHR interests and more.  Like I said back in 2009…BD

Are You Insured by a Technology or Insurance Company – UnitedHealthCare

Press Release:
CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC is pleased to introduce the UHC Research Institute™, an innovative program designed to provide the knowledge and insights its academic medical center (AMC) members need to lead the way in improving our nation's health care imagedelivery system.  The UHC Research Institute is composed of two centers offering a unique approach to prioritizing and delivering actionable health care solutions: the Center for Economic Research and Strategy and the Center for Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness.  The complementary centers address two critical needs of UHC's AMC members: improving effectiveness and efficiency in clinical care, particularly related to unnecessary variation in care, and demonstrating value in care delivery that results in tangible points of market differentiation.  "The UHC Research Institute™ offers a systematic and integrated approach to driving measurable value for UHC members by supporting their work to redesign and improve the delivery of patient care," states Irene M. Thompson , UHC president and chief executive officer.

The Center for Economic Research and Strategy, led by UHC senior vice president Tom Robertson , will incorporate the strategic exploration UHC has conducted for almost 20 years, but with an expanded and newly aligned focus on discovering ways in which AMCs can lead a national movement toward more effective and efficient care delivery.  This Center will help shape applied health services research agendas by identifying and prioritizing opportunities, and advancing experimentation at the provider/payer and provider/provider interfaces to support AMC enterprises, particularly in their work to diagnose and treat complex illnesses.

The Center for Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness, directed by UHC senior vice president and chief clinical officer, Richard Lofgren , MD, will conduct applied health services research, with experimentation occurring at the point of patient care within UHC's member institutions. By harnessing the knowledge and expertise of UHC members and the expert teams of physicians, caregivers and operational leaders who directly influence the care delivery process, this Center will test hypotheses and bring the most effective, proven methods to the forefront for adoption across AMCs nationally. Proposed projects will undergo a disciplined review process to assess their potential value, immediate impact, and cost/benefit relationship.

Several key partners will be engaged in the UHC Research Institute™'s work: first and foremost, UHC members─ including administrators, physician leaders, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinical and operational experts in AMC settings, children's hospitals and other leading complex health care organizations throughout the United States. A multidisciplinary advisory board comprised of member representatives and selected external stakeholders will offer guidance in setting the institute's research agenda and supporting its work.  Additional partnerships are anticipated with payers and employers as AMCs continue to advance their unique role in diagnosing and treating complex illnesses and medical needs.

Irene Thompson further describes how the institute aims to distinguish itself, "During this period of unprecedented change in the health care industry, AMC administrators, physicians, and other clinical and operational leaders are charged with the responsibility to shape a sustainable health care system capable of providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable care.  The UHC Research Institute™ uniquely combines economics, strategy and clinical application as it investigates high-priority issues with the potential for immediate, real-time applicability to AMC clinical enterprises.

The proven and practical solutions that result from this program will equate to lasting value for our country's health care delivery system and our members." 
UHC plans to hardwire process changes uncovered by the institute's work by regularly reviewing knowledge and findings derived through its research and incorporating them into its programs and tools, as appropriate, to ensure they continue to reflect the leading edge in performance enhancement methods.
For more information about the UHC Research Institute™ visit uhc.edu.



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