Database to offer new health stats:

August 28, 2006

WellPoint Inc. is helping to launch Blue Health Intelligence, a resource it bills as the largest private database of health care information.

The Indianapolis-based insurer is providing data culled from 14 insurance units-including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana-to a claims database of 79 million people. That database then will provide "the most detailed view available of health care trends, best practices and comparative costs," according to a statement from the company.

The data collection, which will contain no personal identifiers, will be available to Blues plans participating in Blue Health Intelligence. Ultimately, it will help employers compare health care costs to national trends and give pros and cons about certain treatments, among other uses.

Blue Health Intelligence is being pilottested and will become operational next year.
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