Category Archives: Thinking

It’s Time to Prioritize ‘Prioritization’: How Interconnectedness Improves Benefits Usage and Value

As an HR leader, you put considerable effort into selecting which benefits you offer your employees, and put just as much care into selecting the vendors that provide those benefits. The vendors you’ve chosen offer high quality services, but when they operate in a vacuum—that is, without linking to or communicating with the other vendors […]

Is Your Benefits Ecosystem Interconnected?

Think about this: When is the last time you heard of a company offering all employment benefits from a single vendor? These days, it just doesn’t happen. Most companies, knowing how important benefits are to employees, provide multiple benefits offered by several different vendors. This is the benefits ecosystem. And in order to maximize gains, […]

Enabling Patients Consumerism 101: Predictive Analytics and Real-Time Messaging

Shopping around for the best price is Consumerism 101. In the age of mobile devices having a permanent spot in the purse or pocket, anyone can see a product they want in a store, quickly hop online, and see where they can get the same item for less money. Paying more than you have to […]

Second Opinions Can Help Reduce Wasteful Medical Spending: How to Get People to Use Them

Take a look at a healthcare expenditures map, and you’ll see that some regions in the U.S. spend a lot more than others. Is it because their populations are sicker? In many cases, probably not. According to researchers at the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (CECS) at Dartmouth Medical School, the wide gap in […]

Fighting Overuse with Predictive Analytics

When is the last time you thought to ask your doctor if a screening or procedure he or she ordered was really necessary? If you’re like most people, probably not recently. After all, it’s a little uncomfortable questioning the recommendations of someone with years and years of training and experience—someone you likely trust. But it […]