Research

The rigorous science behind our services

Our team is dedicated to producing commercially relevant insights into healthcare cost and quality. No one brings greater insight and understanding to the challenge of empowering patients, improving healthcare, ensuring quality, and reducing medical costs. Below are examples of our research and white papers.

A Randomized Trial of a Telephone Care-Management Strategy

A study published September 23, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows how Health Dialog’s enhanced care management programs deliver significant cost savings ($7.96 PMPM) and reduced hospital admissions (over 10%). This peer-reviewed, randomized controlled trial followed 174,120 individuals over 12 months, making it the largest published study of its kind. The cost of this intervention program was less than $2.00 per member per month, resulting in net savings of $6.00 per member per month.

A Clinical Approach to Population Stratification Analytics

Dispelling the Myths of Traditional Risk Segmentation Models Used in Population Health Management Programs

This white paper will introduces a new methodology for identifying and stratifying individuals for population health management programs. Unlike the traditional risk segmentation approach—which places individuals into a low, moderate, or high risk category—the Care Pathways framework digs deeper to segment the population into 9 clinical-relevant stages of a chronic condition. This approach can support a longer-term population health management strategy and help drive more targeted and personalized patient engagement efforts.

For the purposes of this white paper, we compare the Care Pathways approach to the low-moderate-high risk segmentation approach, and discuss how Care Pathways points to potentially missed clinical and financial opportunities.  

Authors:

  • Marc Agger, Clinical Informaticist and Senior Scientist, Health Dialog
  • Andrea Fong, VP of Analytics, Health Dialog
  • Yashan Zhong, Research Analyst

Readmissions Diagnostic Whitepaper

Patient readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge are a major driver of healthcare costs in Medicare and other populations with high levels of hospitalization needs. Learn how Health Dialog can help address this costly problem of hospital readmissions.

From Theory to Practice: Implementing Shared Decision Making at the Point of Care

Learn how to successfully implement shared decision making tools and support directly into provider practices. Dr. Peter Goldbach discusses best practices for helping patients to become active participants in their healthcare decision making. Additionally, Goldbach emphasizes the effectiveness of decision aids and resources for patients as well as consistent dialog between doctor and patient.