Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers’ Health “Scores”

Yesterday, The Washington Post featured an article describing what the authors called “a powerful new tool for evaluating whether to cover individual consumers: a health ‘credit report’ which is drawn from databases containing prescription drug records on more than 200 million Americans.” Pharmaceutical industry blog Pharmalot broke the story online, but as you might imagine, that did not represent the patient perspective of this practice.
Two of the biggest providers of this type of data are Ingenix, a Minnesota-based health information services company that had $1.3 billion in sales last year, and a Wisconsin-based rival named Milliman IntelliScript.

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