Papers with question marksDespite the overflow of health care data, some organizations findaccessing that information surprisingly difficult. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The health care industry has evolved a lot in the last severaldecades. It wasn’t that long ago that doctors made local housecalls to sick patients. Today, physicians can teleconference with patients on the other sideof the world. This rapid advance in technology has generatedtremendous amounts of data on virtually every aspect of the healthcare industry, from patients and physicians to hospitals andinsurance carriers.

There’s considerable opportunity lurking in all that data foremployee benefit plan sponsors and organizations eager to maximizethe impact and efficiency of their benefit offerings. But with somuch data and so many sources of information, the challenge forplan administrators has become distilling all that data intoactionable insights.

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