How is it possible to make healthcare more affordable, extend its reach and improve quality all at the same time? One organization with a global vision chose Progress Corticon to help provide an answer. It saw that healthcare providers want their patients to take advantage of every opportunity to improve their health, while payers are anxious to reduce healthcare utilization and costs.
At the core of their solution was a focus on prevention, which aims to tackle this global health care challenge head-on, bringing benefits to all parties. The system depends on Progress Corticon BRMS to deliver critical automated business decisions and increase the agility of decision-change processes. The system molds complex rules without source code, and because it has a simple interface that allows non-IT users to quickly and easily create or change rules, the solution is highly scalable.
“Progress Corticon was the best solution to meet our needs,” explained the company CEO. “It has significantly reduced our time-to-market because we can now develop and deploy a new rule in 10 minutes versus six hours,” he said. Progress Corticon easily supported large amounts of dynamic data. It offered the flexibility and agility the company needed around rules creation and management. “We expect it will reduce our development and maintenance cycle by 90%. There are no other solutions on the market that can do for us do what Progress Corticon does,” he added.
But the decision to choose Progress Corticon went beyond just technology benefits. The company also recognized the value and benefits of working with a large, international organization with a strong partner program and extended partner ecosystem.
As another example, one government sought to streamline benefits eligibility determination by applying consistent logic across multiple legacy systems that contained their own data and logic, leading to more consistent results and reduced expenditures. Even something as fundamental as determining an applicant’s eligibility based on income level turned out to be problematic.
Included as part of a broader IT modernization effort, Progress Corticon proved to be the key to establishing and enforcing rules that cross systems to ensure the specific goals of each health benefit program are met in an efficient and accurate manner. Furthermore, even when rules changed, Corticon made it possible to immediately implement those adjustments systemwide. What used to take months now takes days because of the implementation of Corticon.
Corticon also plays a role beyond simply enhancing existing functions. One vendor of healthcare support systems implemented Corticon as an essential element in its offering. This leading pharmacy benefit manager company selected Corticon to develop software central to its new clinical platform, which includes modules that help physicians and health plans identify opportunities for better management of pharmacy utilization, as well as identifying gaps in care, safety and costs. Effective management of those issues yielded improved patient outcomes and reduced overall healthcare costs.
The Corticon rules engine combines and analyzes data based on clinical algorithms for effective identification of drug-therapy opportunities and helps the company quickly determine actionable information, to consistently make the best decisions. “Smart use of medical and pharmacy data is one of the most powerful tools we have to improve outcomes and increase value for our members and clients,” explained the company’s Chief Clinical Officer.
Above all, Corticon is a forward-looking technology. One company, focused on personalized medicine, recently selected Corticon to drive better, faster business decisions by automating the complexity of the scientific rules associated with personalizing individual patient offerings. And the company plans to scale its number of users by 357%, within just a couple of months.
Today, the company can look forward to implementing Corticon to fulfill the promise of personalized medicine by tailoring therapeutic plans to each patient’s particular circumstances. This improves health outcomes for patients and saves money by replacing expensive and error-prone manual methods with decision-making capabilities embedded and maintained in Corticon.
Similarly, as part of the Medicare reforms in the U.S., the federal government stipulated that if a hospital causes a problem/complication during a treatment, the government is only responsible for paying for the original problem and that the hospital must cover the cost for the treatment of the complication. Thus, hospitals quickly became more cognizant of the financial impacts of this issue.
To address this issue, a university hospital system installed a monitoring system that constantly recorded and assessed all patient vital signs and test results. Corticon provided the rules management that proactively detected any signs of potential complications and reduced their costs associated with re-admission.
And the Corticon impact on healthcare does not stop there. The following is a list of some of the ways Corticon has been applied to improve healthcare:
• Benefit Plan Review
• Dementia Assessment
• Diabetes Risk Assessment
• Glasgow Coma Scale
• Head Injury Triage
• Healthcare Questionnaire Scoring
• Hypertension Risk Assessment
• ICD9 Diagnosis Codes
• Immunization Schedules
• Medical Order Fulfillment
• Prescription Renewal
• Medical Claim Processing
• At-Risk Population Monitoring