Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania has been engaged in population health management data analytics for some time, using clinical data from its core Epic electronic health records system and claims data from its health plan.

To expand its population health capabilities, Geisinger has turned to Epic’s core competitor, Cerner Corp., for its HealtheIntent population health management analytics platform. Geisinger remains an Epic shop, says Alistair Erskine, M.D., chief clinical informatics officer. It’s just that Cerner adds a cloud-based Big Data platform that can handle a broad variety of structured and unstructured data in near real-time, according to Erskine.

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