Collaboration Across Sectors
Each of the sectors that participate in healthcare progressively adds analytical capability, although at different rates. For true progress, analytics must be employed collaboratively across the various sectors of the healthcare system. Providers, payers, and pharmaceutical firms must share data and analyses on patients, protocols, and pricing—with each other and with patients—and all with data security and privacy. For example, members of each sector had data that might have identified much earlier that COX-2 drugs (Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra) were potentially associated with greater risk of heart disease.