Animas Data Solutions, a developer of provider data governance and management technology for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plans, today announced that it has appointed Cathy Eddy to its advisory board. Eddy becomes the second prominent healthcare industry veteran recently appointed to Animas board, joining former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona executive Matt Wandoloski, who was named a board member last month.
Eddy is the founder and former president of the Health Plan Alliance, an organization started by and for provider-sponsored health plans to help its members be more competitive in their individual markets by sharing a broad knowledge base, identifying performance improvement methods, and collective purchasing. Formed in 1996 as the HMO Alliance, Eddy developed the concept with the eight founding health plans, wrote the business plan, raised the initial capital, and helped the Alliance grow to 50 health plan members. She retired as president in April 2018, after more than 22 years with the organization.
We are thrilled that Cathy has accepted appointment to our board, given her vast experience in governance, healthcare reform, and managed care trends, said Mark Fabiano, co-founder and CEO of Animas Data Solutions. As an expert on provider-sponsored plans and a strategic advisor to numerous healthcare organizations, Cathys insights and industry knowledge will prove invaluable as we look to establish ourselves as a leading supplier of provider data governance and management solutions.
Animas flagship technology platform, ProviderLenz, applies big data and artificial intelligence disciplines to virtually eliminate demographic errors from member-facing online provider directories. Furthermore, all of the operational areas within a health plan that rely on accurate provider data, such as risk analytics, quality management, shared savings reconciliation, encounter reporting, claims administration, care management, and network development, can now be certain they have the most accurate information possible.
Over the course of my career, both at the Health Plan Alliance and as a strategic advisor, Ive seen health plans struggle with many challenges whose origins are linked to inaccurate provider data, Eddy said. As such, Im looking forward to working with the Animas team as they work to solve this pervasive problem. Im a big fan of innovation and technology that can actually reduce the cost of healthcare administration, thereby increasing the portion of our healthcare dollar spent directly on patient care.
Prior to founding Health Plan Alliance, Eddy served as vice president of Clinical Affairs for VHA Inc. (now Vizient), where she had responsibility for innovation screening, strategic planning and marketing. In addition, she served as the health policy analyst for Ross Perots 1992 presidential campaign.
Eddy earned an MBA in healthcare management and insurance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelors degree in news/editorial journalism from Kent State University.
About Animas Data Solutions, LLC
Provider data management has been a fragmented undertaking, utilizing multiple vendors engaged by various operational areas within a health plan. This approach results in high data error rates, unnecessary costs, lost revenue, and heavy administrative burden.
Animas Data Solutions is a privately held technology company that offers full-service provider data curation, enrichment, management, and governance to the Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and commercial payer markets.
ProviderLenz, the companys flagship technology platform facing off against the problem of continuously changing provider data, curates and disseminates enriched provider data in real-time and behind-the-scenes for ALL payer use cases based on a single ˜source of truth Master Provider Index. This means that all operational processes within a payers organization are always using the same and most up-to-date provider data available. All this is achieved with a single vendor and with no changes to a payers current IT infrastructure.
For more information, visit AnimasDS.com.
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