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NWCPHP Partners with Healthentic on Medication Adherence White Paper

NWCPHP and Healthentic produce a paper on the high costs of medication non-adherence.

NWCPHP and Healthentic produce a paper that identified the cost impacts from patients not taking their medication as prescribed.

March 23, 2015

Data can be a powerful tool for linking the public and private sectors together toward the goal of improving population health.

A paper produced by NWCPHP faculty and Healthentic identified the health and economic benefits of taking medications as directed, and the poor outcomes and increased health costs that results when one does not. NWCPHP faculty conducted the literature review and wrote parts of the report.

Healthentic is a Seattle-based IT company that uses Big Data analytics of medical, pharmacy, and dental claims to help organizations improve employee health and decrease health care costs. For the paper, Healthentic analyzed nearly 100,000 patients in its database. They found that nearly 50 percent of those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol do not take their medication as prescribed. Medication non-adherence for these conditions can increase the likelihood of hospitalization by up to 134%. Healthentic estimates that non-adherence results in more than $8 million a year in avoidable health insurance costs to employers.

“As Washington state develops an all payers claims database, analyzing claims data will become an increasingly important public health resource for health transformation,” said NWCPHP Director Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH. “We’re excited to collaborate with Healthentic in this growing area that will yield important population health insights.”

The paper can be downloaded from Healthentic’s website for free with registration required.

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