Hospital Giant Uses Data to Vet Treatment Options

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has found a way to improve health outcomes at a lower cost, thanks to a new data analytics program in which the organization invested $105 million last year.

UPMC says a pilot program that directed patients to a centralized care facility helped save $15 million in medical costs over the course of a year. These clinics, known as patient centered medical homes, centralize all of a patient’s various care and medical services under the auspices of a single physician, and are assigned to patients once they have been released from the hospital.