Can beeping pill bottles help heart-attack survivors remember to take their medicines?
That's one of the studies being undertaken in a research partnership announced Wednesday between Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine.
The research collaboration requires a heavy dose of information technology, said Somesh Nigam, senior vice president and chief informatics officer at IBC.
"Almost all of them require data from multiple sources," Nigam said. "Most importantly they require a 360 view of our members, our patients."
In two studies, for example, one analyzing the impact of stroke centers as it regards patient recovery and another on complications from arthroscopic surgery on knees, "you want to be able to track that member before, during, and after the hospitalization to see what the complication rates are," Nigam said.