In this episode, Colt Courtright discusses how Premera Blue Cross is empowering its members and providers with data and transparency.
Fragmentation of care leads to fragmentation of data. Aggregating and analyzing data from multiple sources has been challenging but there are solutions available today to create data liquidity and longitudinal patient views. At the same time, not all sources of data can be used for driving population health outcomes. IOT and wearables data are valuable for individuals, but the provider community has not been particularly receptive to the data. Genomics data has a tremendous promise from a data scientist’s point of view for tailored medicine and personalized medicine but there are regulatory and ethical considerations to address before using the data. Consumer data may not have the predictive power to understand all types of healthcare consumers.
Premera has had success in aggregating, interpreting and providing member insights into provider workflows in a seamless way at the point of care. One of Premera’s key goals for their digital transformation is to arm the providers in the frontline with capabilities to engage members.
Colt Courtright leads Corporate Data & Analytics at Premera Blue Cross, where he is responsible for strategies that impact its 2.1 million members, 38,000 physician network, and self-insured employers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, Weyerhaeuser, and other household name companies.
Colt brings over 20 years’ experience performing new product innovation, supporting strategic partnerships, and overseeing advanced analytics and data management solutions. Recently this has included initial product deployments for companies such as Landmark, MOBE, Quartet, Vim/BookMD, Collective Medical Technologies, and Cardinal Analytics. Colt has direct responsibility for real-time EMR clinical data exchange, data warehouse, data lake, data science, and business intelligence production environments, along with sales, marketing, clinical, and operational analytics and reporting teams.
Before joining Premera, Colt was Senior Medical Economist for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he led international studies in clinical care, cost, and utilization, and oversaw evaluations of data management solutions including the $400 million Military Healthcare System data warehouse. Colt has been Senior Scientist for a national physician practice management organization, and co-founder of two start-up companies delivering analytic products and consulting services to Cedars-Sinai, AMGA, Mutual of Omaha, CareOregon Medicaid, and other prominent healthcare organizations.
Colt completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Essex and Master in Public Administration at Lewis & Clark College (Oregon).
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