Fixing the nation’s broken health care system is clearly contingent on the strategic use of data as well as transparent cost and quality information across the medical supply chain, several industry thought leaders suggested during a recent BenefitsPRO webcast, “The Future of Transparency: Can Data Fix Health Care?“.

But realistic expectations are needed along the way to achieving better results. Asked about President Trump’s latest executive order requiring hospitals to disclose their prices, for example, E Powered Benefits Founder and CEO David Contorno sounded skeptical.

“What we need desperately is an improvement in quality and a decrease in cost, and I can’t find one example of something our government has taken over in which that has occurred,” he told attendees.

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