Clinical Analytics Platform from Optum Supports Accountable Care Initiatives at Mercy and HealthEast Care System

October 21, 2013
  • Clinical analytics powered by Humedica delivers patient and population health insights to improve treatment outcomes, care coordination and quality

Advanced clinical analytics technologies from Optum are supporting population health management and accountable care strategies at Mercy, the nation's sixth-largest Catholic health care system, and HealthEast Care System, the largest locally owned health care organization in the Minneapolis-St. Paul east metro area.

HealthEast, which is composed of four hospitals and 1,500 physicians, is using the analytics platform powered by Humedica to analyze data from a variety of clinical and administrative sources to better understand and manage treatment for patients with chronic conditions, and to advance performance for its newly formed accountable care organization. HealthEast began using Humedica analytics to identify gaps in care, determine which patients are at greatest risk of re-hospitalization or of developing chronic conditions and create strategies for managing or coordinating care for high-utilizers.

Dr. Brian Patty, HealthEast vice president and chief medical informatics officer said, "We have been able to understand our patient populations better than we ever could before. We knew the value of our electronic health record data, but until now, we had not been able to easily extract, analyze and put this data to use for the health of our patients. Our ability to assess gaps in care and predict risk has improved dramatically with Humedica's analytics platform."

At Mercy, Humedica's clinical analytics platform powers the health care system's accountable care initiatives. Mercy developed a population health governance structure to introduce the analytics tools to its entire organization. Mercy, which is composed of 32 hospitals and 1,700 integrated physicians, serves more than 3 million patients annually in four states.

Marc Gunter, M.D., clinical vice president at Mercy, said, "We are extremely pleased by how smoothly the implementation went. Humedica's analytics platform is a scalable, big data solution. We were able to access all our patient records from our EMR on the implementation date, and we have already seen the benefits of being able to proactively analyze our patient populations for targeted interventions."

Mary Lantin, vice president of client services at Humedica, said "Mercy and HealthEast are helping transform health care to a value-based model. Both organizations assembled teams that understand the value of analytics and can drive the changes necessary to improve their patients' health and better deploy their clinical resources."

About Mercy
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

About HealthEast Care System
HealthEast Care System is a community-focused, non-profit health care organization that provides innovative technology, compassionate care and a full spectrum of family health services. HealthEast includes Bethesda Hospital, St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus as well as outpatient services, clinics, home care and medical transportation services. HealthEast is the largest, locally owned health care organization in the Twin Cities' East Metro with 7,300 employees, 1,200 volunteers and 1,500 physicians on staff. For more information, visit

About Humedica
Humedica, an Optum company, is the foremost clinical intelligence company that provides private, cloud-based solutions to the health care industry. Humedica's sophisticated analytics platform transforms disparate clinical data into actionable, real world insights. Powered by the largest and most comprehensive clinical database, Humedica solutions offer a more complete, longitudinal view of the health of patients and populations. Through its award-winning solutions, Humedica, which is headquartered in Boston, empowers its partners and customers to make confident, value-based decisions about patient care in a rapidly changing health care market. For more information, visit Connect with Humedica on Twitter @humedicainc and Facebook at

About Optum
Optum ( is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. Optum comprises three companies — OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx — representing more than 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health system and improve overall population health.

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