NCHA Partners with Clarify Health Solutions to Reduce Pneumonia Mortality and Readmissions

Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in machine learning-enabled care optimization today announced the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) has deployed Clarify’s advanced analytics platform, Care Prism, to aid its statewide initiative to significantly reduce pneumonia (PNE) mortality and readmissions.

In 2017, NCHA rolled out the Pneumonia Knockout Campaign with the two-year goal to save 1,000 lives and over $8.8 million. The healthcare association had extensive inpatient data but needed a partner to provide hospitals and physicians with actionable insights into what happens after patients leave or are discharged.

The selection of Clarify Health was based on the company’s extensive data set linking clinical claims and determinants of health insights on over 100 million individuals. NCHA was impressed by Clarify’s ability to identify root causes of variation and uncover specific improvement opportunities that could be rapidly scaled across all facilities within weeks.

This partnership has allowed us to look beyond the hospital and examine care transition patterns specific to our high-risk pneumonia patients,” said Karen Southard, RN, NCHA’s vice president of Quality and Clinical Performance Improvement. “The additional information has been very helpful to us and our members in developing targeted care coordination interventions to improve outcomes.”

Clarify Health has taken a hands-on, true partnership approach with the NCHA. The Clarify Clinical Transformation team has trained NCHA hospital analysts to generate actionable insights. They also travel to NCHA meetings to connect with member hospital leadership, engaging them with their own nationally case-mix adjusted data.

“We are excited to announce that we are partnering with NCHA on this life saving campaign,” said Jean Drouin, MD, CEO and founder of Clarify Health. “The power of the Clarify platform will enhance the care patients receive, lower costs, and ultimately improve health outcomes statewide. The precision with which we are able to deliver case-mix adjusted insights to clinicians gives doctors data they trust and the ability to make sustainable change.”

The NCHA now serves rich information to over 90 hospitals engaged in the Pneumonia Knockout initiative at a fraction of the time previously required to generate insights. Beyond the analytics, the Clarify platform is inspiring real change. Leaders from NCHA member hospitals are using this information to help care teams identify at-risk patients and intervene earlier, thereby reducing the risk of costly readmission or death. For more information on the partnership between NCHA and Clarify, consult this case study.

About North Carolina Healthcare Association

NCHA represents North Carolina’s individual and multi-hospital health systems — teaching, rural, small community, suburban, specialty, and continuing care facilities — providing acute care, rehabilitative, behavioral, psychiatric and veterans’ services. Members provide a broad range of services — not just within their walls, but across the continuum and throughout their communities. Since 1918, NCHA has served as a resource for hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders delivering information and insight, services, support, education, policy, and advocacy.

About Clarify Health

Our vision is to power better care by personalizing and optimizing every care journey. Clarify Health delivers the insights and digital solutions that empower physicians, health systems, and payers to optimize care and thrive in a value-based world. The Clarify Health platform seamlessly integrates powerful analytics, artificial intelligence, real-time patient navigation, and smart workflows to proactively guide patients and their caregivers through personalized care journeys. Clarify Health brings together committed and passionate colleagues with backgrounds in big data and AI engineering from financial services together with extensive clinical operations expertise. The team has a track record of achieving over $1 billion in improvement at more than 125 health systems, payers, and pharmaceutical companies, and deploying cloud-based software at over 5,000 institutions. For more information, please visit


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