Electronic health records provider Allscripts recently reached a multi-year agreement with Inovalon, a Bowie, Md.-based health data analytics firm. The partnership lets Inovalon, which analyzes large volumes of data to automatically suggest tests or care options to healthcare providers, mine Allscript’s millions of patient records in addition to existing databases.
Inovalon’s algorithm pulls from various data sources including pharmaceutical companies, labs, and demographic statistics, chief executive Keith Dunleavy said. Its clients — primarily health plan providers, physicians and researchers — use the analysis to assess the effectiveness of health plans or identify where additional treatment is required. Inovalon currently supports 220,000 clinical facilities, and 550,000 health care providers covering 140 million Americans, Dunleavy said. Without an automated process, providers must manually recall information about the tests their patients may require as well as the documentation process, he explained.