• Case Study
  • June 28, 2016

Combining Benefit and Biometric Data Can Provide Powerful Insights for Hospitals

By analyzing biometric data with benefit costs available through the Claims and Health Analytics Resource Tool (CHART), hospitals sometimes can find some unexpected data correlations and identify clear targets for improving employee health and reducing benefit costs. This new insight allows hospitals to invest health and wellness dollars strategically.  

Analysis of one hospital's data revealed the following:

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45 percent of the population (1,355 people) had pre- hypertension, the second most costly blood pressure category(averaging $7,300 per person). Underweight people had higher average costs than those who were obese (on average $9,800 vs $6,200 in costs).  People unaware of their cholesterol levels had the highest spend ($14,500 on average). 


A closer look at the data for one hospital illustrates the actual variances: 

Blood pressure 
A large number of people had pre-hypertension.

BP category  Employee count 2015 avg. allowed
N/A 14  $4,774
Norrnal   1.353 $6,399
Pre-hypertension 1,355 $7,274
Hypertension stage I  241 $10,063
Hypertension stage II  44 $5,377


Body mass index
Underweight people had higher average costs than those who were obese.

BMI category  Employee count 2015 avg. allowed
Underweight 30 $9,794
Normal 933 $6,365
Overweight  925 $6,217
Obese  1,119 $8,275


Cholesterol level 
People unaware of their cholesterol levels had the highest spend.

Cholesterol level  Employee count 2015 avg. allowed
N/A 46 $14,498
Desirable 2,072 $6,886
Borderline high  687 $6,356
High  202 $9,608


Glucose level
People unaware of their glucose levels were second only to diabetics in average cost.

Glucose category  Employee count 2015 avg. allowed
N/A 297 $7,420
Normal  2,319 $6,866
Pre-diabetic 308 $6,668
Diabetic (type II) 83 $12,814


Type II diabetes plus abnormal glucose, BP or cholesterol levels
People with type II diabetes with glucose and blood pressure levels outside normal ranges had the highest costs.

Glucose  Chol <175 BP Employee count 2015 avg. allowed (n) filled script
 N  N
 N
 71 $10,405 25
 N
 N
 X
 23 $10,208 12
 N
 X
 N
 47 $8,686 31
 N
 X
 X
 16 $17,918 12
 X  N
 N
 26 $13,637 5
 X
 N
 X
 14 $23,003 5
 X
 X
 N
 27 $16,080 10
 X
 X
 X
 15 $6,009 2
N = Normal,  X = Outside normal range