Priority Health Uses AI to Identify, Guide Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

As health insurers endeavor to improve care and lower costs for members with chronic conditions, they’re increasingly turning to companies that offer high-tech data analytic capabilities for help. Michigan-based nonprofit insurer Priority Health is one of those insurers, as it recently unveiled a partnership with the medical technology firm pulseData to “identify, notify and engage members with care management options” related to chronic kidney disease (CKD), which currently costs Priority Health roughly $225 million annually to treat.

CKD affects an estimated 37 million Americans — or 1 in 7 U.S. adults — but as many as 90% of people who have the disease don’t know it, Priority Health noted in a Sept. 27 press release. Because early-stage CKD typically has no symptoms, many diagnoses are missed until cases become more advanced.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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