New Technology Unveiled for Medicaid Data
March 8, 2005
In February, the Kentucky Medicaid program hosted a demonstration for legislators and the media of a new tool aimed at modernizing the program’s ability to access and use data, ultimately improving the quality of care to Medicaid members.
“This new tool is just the latest step in Gov. Fletcher’s efforts to modernize the Medicaid program and provide quality care for our members,” said Dr. James Holsinger, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “In the past, Medicaid has been confined to the use of inadequate, outdated technology. Through Artemetrx, we will have the capability to accurately analyze data about Medicaid usage to better care for our recipients and identify
opportunities for savings.”
Artemetrx is a private start-up company created through the efforts of University of Kentucky researchers. The Artemetrx tool will perform sophisticated clinical and quality data analysis. The Cabinet is accessing Artemetrx’s services though a one-year price contract with an option to renew next year; it is expected that the service will allow Medicaid to identify additional opportunities for cost-savings.
The Web-based health care data tool seamlessly integrates medical claims, prescription claims, eligibility data and other related data sets allowing for a comprehensive view of overall utilization, cost and quality in the Medicaid program. Through an interactive interface that enables powerful drill-down capacity, areas of cost containment and quality improvement can be rapidly identified. This allows programs to be implemented based on an analysis of Kentucky-specific data rather than on what is currently popular or most heavily marketed.
In addition, Artemetrx is designed for users with little information technology (IT) expertise, such as executives, program managers, clinicians or disease management professionals. Managers can monitor the most common medical management questions without IT assistance, which will enable Medicaid to monitor quality, cost and utilization trends in real-time through a simple Web-based interface.
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