Indianapolis and Columbia, Md. — WellPoint Inc., Indianapolis, a health benefits provider, acquired Resolution Health Inc., a Columbia, Md.-based data analytics-driven personal health care guidance company.

Each company expects the acquisition to allow expansion of their efforts to improve health care quality and reduce health care costs for its customers. Resolution Health will continue to enhance and expand the services it provides to WellPoint as well as to its growing number of other customers nationwide.

Demand for personalized, actionable health care guidance continues to grow as consumers become more involved in managing their own care, according to the companies. WellPoint finds that evidence-based health interventions can help improve treatment by identifying potential drug interactions, gaps in care and other issues.

“Resolution Health has been a valued partner in analyzing WellPoint members’ health data and providing suggestions to improve care and outcomes for more than two years,” says Dijuana Lewis, president and CEO of WellPoint’s Comprehensive Health Solutions Unit. “This acquisition will allow us to fully integrate Resolution Health’s suite of products to extend the range and quality of services for our members, as well as members across the health plan system.”

Resolution Health analyzes the medical and pharmacy claims data, lab results, health benefit plan information and personal health information of individual plan members. WellPoint will work with Resolution Health to identify opportunities to help close gaps between recommended care—based upon nationally accepted, evidence-based clinical guidelines—and the care that members actually receive, as well as reduce medical costs for individuals, their employers and their health plans.

“Resolution Health is built on the belief that the quality and cost effectiveness of health care can be dramatically improved through clinically sound, individual member-focused communications programs,” says Earl Steinberg, president and CEO of Resolution Health. “Fully combining our operations with WellPoint—a company that shares these values—furthers our goal of helping every individual receive the best, most cost-effective health care possible.”

Source: Wellpoint Inc.

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