Survey finds advanced analytics are important healthcare decision making tool for employers, information gap exists between users and non-users
To gain an understanding of employers’ views on managing health and benefits data, the non-profit National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions* (National Alliance) conducted a survey of healthcare purchasers. Commissioned by Geneia , the poll found 97 percent of HR practitioners agree “now more than ever it’s essential to have tools to effectively evaluate data and make informed decisions.” Most respondents (87 percent) say they are familiar with advanced analytics, but current users have a stronger understanding of how this kind of tool helps aggregate data, control spending, and manage health and wellness programs.
“Many employers struggle with massive amounts of data and lack the ability to quickly and easily make informed decisions that shape their benefits programs,” said Mike Thompson, National Alliance president and CEO. “And it’s only getting worse as it’s estimated by 2020 we will have 50 times the amount of data that was available in 2011. Gauging the knowledge and interest level of employers enables the National Alliance and its members to make available programs and tools to help purchasers overcome this challenge.”