It's Time to Get Loud and Proud About Using Data to Help Patients Get Better
The Wall Street Journal article, "Bosses Tap Outside Firms to Predict Which Workers Will Get Sick," is inspiring a spate of similar stories and corresponding social media outrage. The article highlights the practice of employers using companies such as Castlight and Active Health to better predict health plan costs and gaps in care, but is this really a new concept? And should we be worried?
While many countries simply deny certain procedures, employer health plans in the US are taking a step to empower patients with information so they can make an informed choice. Studies show that patients make different decisions when given decision aids. However, in the hands of a media that makes money by stoking fear, this "win-win" becomes a step towards an Orwellian nightmare. Soon, they suggest, your employer will be sending around that list of sick people to every manager, and you'll be fired!
Or perhaps not. Mary Clark, Practice Leader at Cammack Health, weighs in with this timely piece. To read this article, click on the green "Download PDF" button.