Giant Health Insurance Claims Database Pilot Unveiled
Claims information for almost 80 million people, or more than one-quarter of the U.S. population, may soon be available online as a resource for evaluating health care trends and practices, Blue Cross Blue Shield says.Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is creating a database of health insurance claims from 79 million of its clients. The data will have no personal identifiers and is intended to be a resource for evaluating health care trends, treatments, practices and providers. Dubbed BHI (Blue Health Intelligence), the database is currently being pilot-tested and is supposed to become operational in 2007. The insurer says it created BHI in response to calls from employers, consumers and providers for credible and actionable data that could be used to drive informed, evidence-based decision making. Twenty Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans currently are participating in BHI.
"BHI will play a central role in transforming the present health care system into a focused, knowledge-based health care system," said Scott Serota, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.