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Benefits leaders are driven by data. They want to know the ins and outs of how employees are using their benefits so they can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. They keep track of ER visits, chronic conditions, specialty prescriptions, wellness program participation, disease prevalence, and much more. If they could, they’d like to integrate a data feed of what we ate for lunch last week.
All joking aside, it’s crucial that benefits teams can track groups of members and see how their health and wellness changes over time. That was the genesis of the Cohorts app in the Artemis Platform, which allows Artemis users to take a snapshot of a “cohort,” or group of people on their plan that all have something in common. For example, you could create a cohort of Type II diabetics and see if the cost of their care drops if they participate in a care management program.
This Cohorts functionality was a powerful tool for looking at members with a certain condition or an episode of care. You could even “back” into a cohort by using the Explore app, adding filters, and saving the resulting members/claims as a cohort. But we wanted to improve this and make it even more flexible for benefits teams.
The next step in our product development process was to create Dynamic Cohorts, which allows you to follow a group of members in the same manner, but add to/subtract from that group as their situations changed. So while Cohorts is a snapshot in time, Dynamic Cohorts is more like a “motion picture” that adjusts as your data does. There are three ways to create a Dynamic Cohort in the Artemis Platform.
1. Create a Cohort that follows the Current Period from the date selector
- This will automatically update with your Stories as you adjust the time period; saving you time by removing the need to create new cohorts for each time period!
2. Create a Cohort with a fixed time period, that updates as your data does
- As claims runout comes in throughout the next period, your Cohort will automatically update to reflect these newly paid claims
3. Existing Static Cohort functionality will remain
- Track a specific set of members that you never want to change
Dynamic Cohorts was a step forward in allowing Artemis customers to get to the granular level of data they want to make the best decisions for their employees.
Now, we’re announcing an even bigger product enhancement for Cohorts. Users will be able to add aggregated filters within Dynamic Cohorts that lets them create an even more flexible, powerful type of cohort. We’re calling this feature Advanced Dynamic Cohorts.
We wanted our users to be able to answer questions that required filters on top of a cohort. Here are some examples:
With these aggregated filters, users can now aggregate information by member, then take action on that information (i.e., selecting members with more than two ER visits in a given time period).
Essentially, aggregated filters within Dynamic Cohorts provide a course of action for employers. Those who want to focus on a certain high cost condition or member utilization trend now have the ability to aggregate, understand, and follow up with these members over time.