Data sharing is one of the prime benefits of closer payer/provider relationships, and several other healthcare industry executives who have broached the topic over the past two months.
"Our world has become so complex, we need to come together to look at data to make sure patients are getting the best care," Mischel explained, noting electronic medical records have shown great promise in reducing physician errors. "In the 21st century, data is going to drive our ability to provide quality care."
Mark Caron, senior VP and CIO at Pennsylvania-based Capital BlueCross, told me last week that providers are eager to gain access to claims information that provides the "whole picture" of a patient's medical history. "They're drowning in information, but they don't have that longitudinal record," he said of health systems, hospitals, and physicians.
Caron says data sharing between payers and providers has the potential to help educate patients about their health risks and to boost transparency in the healthcare delivery system. "The more we create an informed consumer, we'll all win as a society," he said. "Consumers have done a really good job in other industries to help them be the best they could be."
Mischel and Caron both told me there is no single dominant model that is likely to emerge from the ongoing evolution of the payer/provider relationship. "It will look different from market to market," the Noble CEO said. "We're really at the beginning of what the payer/provider relationship may look like."