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 working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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