CHICAGO — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), along with healthcare software giant Epic and NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), is receiving the Innovations Award at the 45th annual Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF) annual meeting held virtually on February 18th.
The CHEF Innovations Award recognizes the accomplishments of a health care team which has inspired leadership, change and advancement in the Chicago area health care community.
The joint team is being recognized for implementation of the BCBSIL Payer Platform with Epic, which is a secure, interconnected system of health information between insurers and providers that can be utilized at the point of care. NorthShore was the first health care system in Illinois to deploy the Platform in December 2020 – moving to plan, implement and execute this data-driven approach to health care in less than 60 days, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know that physicians, hospitals and other care providers need timely access to actionable information to help guide treatment. Patients need data in order to help choose the right provider, understand their test results, and better understand their health benefits. Insurers need data to strengthen collaboration with providers and drive value for its members and employer groups through improving health outcomes and avoiding unnecessary costs,” said Krishna Ramachandran, Vice President, Provider Performance at BCBSIL. “While there is still a lot of work ahead - the future of our health care system depends on strengthening partnerships that harness data across systems and deliver insights in real time. Partnerships like this one – help us get closer. Thank you to the Chicago Health Executives Forum for this award and for recognizing that our Payer Platform is an example of innovation in process and innovation of purpose coming together.“