Predictive analytics drive personalized COVID-19 recommendations for Priority Health members

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – April 30, 2020) Through the use of predictive analytics, Priority Health is gaining insights into which members are most vulnerable to contract COVID-19. Based on this information, Priority Health delivers custom messaging to members and the company's registered nurse care managers connect with high-risk members to engage them in personalized interventions which can help them stay safe in the current environment.

"We work closely with our members throughout the year and we learn a lot about them and their unique health journey," noted Nate Foco, Vice President of Marketing for Priority Health. "Our team is able to review this information, alongside other demographic and population health statistics, to determine who may be at higher risk and send them a custom message and recommend next steps based on their situation so they can take appropriate action to protect themselves."

The data-driven approach enables Priority Health care managers and concierge services to deliver personalized communications and support to its members based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC warns that those with chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma may be at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. People with diabetes are also at higher risk, however the recommended precautions for these individuals would be different than those with asthma. Priority Health is able to identify and deliver custom messaging to each of these subsets of our membership with these chronic conditions and others, sharing the recommendations that would be most appropriate for each individual.

To ensure high risk members are receiving critical information, Priority Health is also using data to predict the likelihood of what communication channel a member is most likely to respond to.

"We know that our members are receiving a lot of communications right now related to COVID-19, so we want to make sure that our outreach is personalized and relevant, but also delivered using the channel our members prefer so we know they'll get the information they need," Foco said.

In response to COVID-19 Priority Health is increasing the availability of a variety of specialty staff to answer member questions and provide additional support. Priority Health's concierge and care management teams are proactively contacting members to ask how they’re doing and make sure they have access to their medications and virtual care. Many members also have direct access to a care manager to provide personalized support for their care needs by simply calling the number on the back of their membership card.

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About Priority Health:

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering an extensive portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than 1.3 million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation. Learn more about affordable, quality health coverage options from Priority Health