Health Insurers Can Improve Health Care through a Digital Strategy

  • May 14, 2019
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
  • online

Seniors are aging, providers feel burnt out, and health care costs continue to rise. Compounding the complexity is the changing regulatory environment that seeks to push health insurance providers and care providers to share data to empower their members/patients. But the biggest problem is the growing mismatch between available physician time and the need to care for their patients. Health insurance providers need to find innovative ways to ease administrative burdens so care providers can more effectively care for patients. This burden seems to be overwhelming to many trying to deliver better and more sustainable care. Insurance providers have a pivotal role to play in making health care easier.

To solve for these problems, health insurance providers need to create and implement a digital transformation strategy. This involves changing technology but also changing behaviors of the many actors. The journey begins with an integrated data strategy that includes clinical data. Additional aspects of this strategy include health plan–provider interoperability, data sharing, and member engagement. This webinar will provide a working example of how to build this strategy and how this helps achieve CMS’s vision of creating a more interoperable ecosystem.

Attendees will learn: 

  • Identify some of the major barriers that hamper healthcare performance
  • Describe and illustrate key components of a digital transformation strategy: interoperability, final mile solutions, and data science and AI
  • Illustrate an example of a successful model that employs an innovative digital strategy


Colt Courtright
Director, Corporate Data & Analytics
Premera Blue Cross

Colt Courtright leads Corporate Data & Analytics at Premera Blue Cross, where he is responsible for strategies that impact its 2.1 million members, 38,000 physician network, and self-insured employers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, Weyerhaeuser and other household name companies.

Colt brings over 20 years’ experience performing new product innovation, supporting strategic partnerships, and overseeing advanced analytics and data management solutions. Recently this has included initial product deployments for companies such as Landmark, MOBE, Quartet, Vim/BookMD, Collective Medical Technologies, and Cardinal Analytics. Colt has direct responsibility for real-time EMR clinical data exchange, data warehouse, data lake, data science, and business intelligence production environments, along with sales, marketing, clinical, and operational analytic and reporting teams.

David Braza
Executive Vice President of Finance, Actuary and Informatics
Premera Blue Cross

David Braza is Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Healthcare Informatics Officer and Chief Actuary at Premera. He is an evangelist for improving the performance of Northwest regional healthcare practices, focusing on creating alignment between payer and provider incentives, and using healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient’s various healthcare providers. David provides strategic leadership to the organization’s Data & Analytics functions, and leads Finance and Investments, Underwriting, Actuarial Services and Healthcare Economics organizations within Premera.

Lynda Rowe,
Sr. Advisor, Value-Based Markets

Ms. Lynda Rowe is Senior Advisor for Value-Based Markets at InterSystems and for two decades has held senior-level positions in health information technology. She was most recently an executive in the health market at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a number of consulting projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Office of the National Coordinator within HHS. She provided leadership for quality measurement, health information technology use and adoption, health information exchange, interoperability and standards, and meaningful use engagements. She spent a number of years running the analytics department for Managed Medicaid plans in Massachusetts. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at Family Health Center in Worcester. Ms. Rowe continues to focus on the advancement of interoperability, technology use and adoption and government policy related to value based care through various workgroups and task forces.

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