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— By Rachel Phillips Terry, Corporate Vice President of Sales at BioIQ —

I recently attended the AHIP Institute 2015 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I came away from the event full of new ideas—and convinced that much of what we are doing at BioIQ is directly in line with best practices in population health.

The opening session featured a variety of thought-leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem including Mike Genau of Medtronic, Dr. Rodney Hochman of Providence Health and Bob Zapfel of Xerox.

Dr. Hochman believes the key to success in population health involves innovation at scale. Providence is strengthening its core systems to improve utilization and reduce costs. They are bringing in digital leadership from Amazon and other technology companies to improve automation, even as they strive to make healthcare more personal. Providence’s Head of Digital Innovation said he is shocked by the lack of consumer focus in healthcare. He went on to tout the benefits of home care and individual empowerment—two hallmarks of BioIQ’s longstanding approach to engaging people and helping them find their own unique paths to wellness.

Mike Genau of Medtronic stated that improving clinical outcomes involves physician collaboration, expanded patient access, and technology advancements that drive efficiency. Medtronic is shifting to value-based care and forming partnerships that include ACOs, hospitals, physicians, patients, and payers as they “wrap innovative programs around their medical equipment sales.” Integrating lab results and other patient data is essential to wellness provider partnerships, indicating the need for a technology platform such as BioIQ offers.

All of the speakers said they believed advancements in technology could help steer members towards more accurate diagnostics and emphasize early intervention. BioIQ is providing the technology platform and forging the interfaces that are making these transitions to member health a reality.

Tune in next week for my next AHIP installment, “Building a New Health Care Paradigm.”

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