Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee scales its analytics


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee will be analyzing larger and more diverse data sets through its Clinical Data Warehouse analytics platform in order to identify the pattern variations in the delivery of treatment and identify best practices that produce optimal care and outcomes for its members. The organization said today it will use Teradata's Data Warehouse Appliance and Health Care Logical Data Model to scale its system.

Nick Coussoule, chief information officer of BCBST, said his organization will be able to "analyze multiple terabytes of detailed data linked to millions of health insurance claims, patient experiences, doctors, hospitals, treatments, procedures and enrollment groups to answer complex questions and gain valuable insight into trends, costs and quality of care."

He added that a key requirement for choosing a technology partner was the ability to fully comply with BCBST's stringent security policy that requires all BCBST data at rest to be fully encrypted. The organization recently completed a $6 million effort to encrypt all at-rest data throughout its enterprise.

"Our use of the new Teradata warehouse appliance--and the health care logical data model--will support complex analysis for strategic and operational intelligence, and requires real-time data load, with immediate information access to support the needs of a growing clinical practice," said Sherri Zink, vice president of Medical Informatics for BCBST, who manages the new clinical data warehouse.

For more:
- see the Teradata release

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