In some ways, it feels like much has changed in the first six months of 2021.
Take COVID-19 vaccines, for example. In January, vaccines were still scarce, limited to physicians, clinicians and essential workers. Today, 96 percent of practicing physicians are fully vaccinated, vaccines are widely available to American adults and teenagers like my son are getting the shot.
On January 1, Geneia’s chief data scientist, Fred Rahmanian, was recovering from surgery as the first COVID-19 patient in Pennsylvania to receive a double lung transplant. Fast forward six months, he’s back at work, leading the Geneia Data Intelligence Lab (GDI Lab), and discussing his patient journey and the role of AI in our post-pandemic future.
In other ways, not so much.
As I review the most popular content from this year, it’s clear Geneia blog readers and podcast listeners continue to have strong interest in three areas:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Value-Based Care
- Digital Front Door
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In 2021, the most-read Geneia content is a white paper we published this spring, Chronic Disease Care: Essential AI for Health Plans. ICYMI, the paper reviews four models developed by the GDI Lab that help health plans manage the health impacts and cost of chronic disease.
If you’re interested in AI content, I recommend the Geneia podcast,How health plans use AI to manage chronic disease, with Jasmine McCammon, lead principal data scientist and Natalie Benner, principal clinical transformation consultant. You may also enjoy our two-part podcast with Dr. Jay Bhatt, chief clinical product officer and medical director of the Medical Home Network.
2. Value-Based Care
Among the most-read blogs this year is Nine Best Practices for Value-Based Care Success. In this blog, Geneia’s chief product and client officer, Lori Logan, shares best practices she’s learned while working with physician organizations and health plans during the past 10 years, including using the COVID-19 pandemic as a time to build trust and collaboration.
That’s precisely what Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross MN), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) and Humana did. Leaders from those three health plans joined Lori for a webinar in May to discuss how the pandemic has impacted their value-based care programs as well as their plan’s philosophies, results and lessons learned. You can read more about the webinar and view a recording here.
3. Digital Front Door
- Digital front door white paper for health plans
- Digital front door white paper for hospitals and health systems
- COVID-19: Perfect time to implement a digital front door
Two other top 10 blogs well worth reading are:
Hypertension Complications Calculator
I also recommend checking out our new hypertension complications calculator.
As I wrote in a recent blog, the calculator shows health plans and others who manage populations of patients how our Hypertension Complications Model* works to predict for those with hypertension who are likely to experience a complication in the next 12 months. The calculator simplifies the model and yields approximate results. To try the calculator, click here.
*Patent pending for the Hypertension Complications Model. Predictive models, by their very nature, contain certain assumptions. This is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, and it should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified healthcare provider’s judgment. Certain data used in these studies were supplied by International Business Machines Corporation. Any analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors and not International Business Machines Corporation.