Express Scripts Tackles Medication Adherence With SAS Analytics
SASí new Center for Health Analytics will expand statistical applications
SAS Analytics is well known in the clinical space for its tools to manage clinical trials data; less well-known are applications in commercial or healthcare-provider applications. But one of its clients, Express Scripts, is touting the Cary, NC, company’s technology for addressing an ongoing problem in life sciences: getting, and keeping, patients on therapy.
Tomala’s team worked with 400 variables that are accessible in the Express Scripts’ patient databases, building a predictive tool that helps them analyze patients’ care and adherence. Depending on what results surface from the statistical analysis, the company can tailor an adherence program to the patient’s needs. “Our outreach programs address an individual’s risk factors. People too busy to order a refill can be moved into an automated refill program before a lapse occurs. Patients concerned about side effects might benefit from talking to a pharmacist. We analyze each patient to offer the most effective programs to keep them healthy.”
Medication adherence is but one application that SAS hopes to address with a newly opened Center for Health Analytics, which brings a team of experienced life sciences and healthcare project managers together to identify new application areas for SAS tools.