January 9, 2018

Visualizations Made Easy with Artemis

Artemis Health

Here at Artemis we value simplicity. Simplicity is such an overlooked concept, but it’s a major value for our clients. As the late Steve Jobs said, “It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.”

For benefit managers, simplicity is not something they've come to expect in their day-to-day tasks. They have the difficult job of communicating their healthcare data to their stakeholders in order to make financial decisions. And they have to do it without disrupting the health of their population. To do that, they need to have clean, accurate and reliable data that is visually appealing in order to present their ideas and make business cases to others in their organization. That’s where our Visualize app comes in.

Our Visualize app has two key benefits for users. It helps them:

  • Create visualizations from data (charts, graphs, etc.)
  • Share visualizations with those who make decisions

Let’s take a look at how it works.

To create a visualization, you’ll use standard, pre-loaded measures, breakdowns and filters.

Measures uses numerical data. This can be anything from costs to number of claims to the total members in the employee population.

Want to measure the amount your employer pays for medical claims? All you have to do is search the measure and select it to see the results.

When you have the type of measure you want in place, the next step is to add a breakdown. Breakdowns are non-numerical ways of analyzing data; think day of the week, office location, or ICD-10 diagnosis code. You can add measures and breakdowns in any order, and some analyses would work with just a measure. Breakdowns help you get deeper information and see more complex answers in the data.

Here we’ll input some age bins in the breakdown. Once the breakdown is in place, the visualization app will start to provide recommended chart types that will work best for your analysis. Above, you’ll see many different types of charts that can help you map high risk members to office location, understand the changes in your spending over time, view costs by member cohorts, and more. The recommended chart types will automatically adjust based on the type of measures, breakdowns and filters you select. For example, if you haven't chosen a location-based breakdown, the map chart isn't an option.

Adding filters can also change the story you’re telling with your visualization. Here we’re searching a filter based on diagnosis code. If you’re looking to add a diagnosis, say if you wanted to look at members that had a chronic emphysema, you can search through the filter summary page and add it to your visualization. Most diagnoses will have multiple ICD-10 codes associated with them. To save you time, you can save your filter for use later.

Want to see a finished chart? When you’re ready, you can save the data as an image (for use in a presentation or report) or as a spreadsheet (if Excel is your stakeholder’s preferred method of information gathering). You can also save visualizations in the platform itself as individual charts or in a Story.

Let’s try a real world example. Diabetes is a hot topic for employers. According to BenefitsPro, diabetes is one of the top ten most expensive health conditions to cover. What if an employer wanted to see which office location was a hot spot for diabetes claims? Here’s how you’d do it:

  • Step 1: Add the Measure for Average by Member Paid Amount
  • Step 2: Add the Office Location breakdown
  • Step 3: Filter the result by diabetes diagnosis code(s)

In the resulting map, we can see the office with the highest diabetes claims is in Los Angeles. Using analyses like this, employers could work with their wellness provider or disease management vendor to target communications where they’ll have the greatest impact. And, the benefits team can use Artemis to track the progress of these locations over time.

Don’t let the stress of data overwhelm you. Our Visualize app is just one part of our Benefits Optimization Platform that turns claims data into easy-to-read stories, customized reports, and actionable information.

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