249510 Risk minimization and innovative health investment through commodities based on health outcomes metrics

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 8:50 AM

Efthimios Parasidis, JD, MBE , Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Gerasimos Petratos, MD, MS , Medical Informatics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Caleb DesRosiers, JD, MPA , Global Health Outcomes, Inc., New York, NY
Health informatics plays an integral role in facilitating the ability of health care stakeholders to monitor the cost of health expenditures and increase the quality of care. With the goal of creating a new mechanism with which to manage health care investments, we propose the creation of financial instruments based on health outcomes metrics from real-world and de-identified patient-level data. Clinical, economic and humanistic patient outcomes metrics which are used by the health outcomes and economics communities can set the stage for the creation of a health commodities market in which financial derivative instruments based on the metrics may be traded. Outcomes metrics may be tailored to a particular illness and by patient sub-population, such as geography, age, insurance coverage or ethnicity. The combination of measurements that comprise a particular metric is weighted according to the underlying use of the metric in the financial instrument, and is based upon a dynamic analysis of available data and independent clinical expert input. All outcomes metrics can be supported by near real-time availability of patient-level data, and measure health data frequently enough to allow for constant tracking and forecasting of health outcomes over time. By providing risk mitigation tools and an ability to focus investments into areas that are needed to improve the outcomes of specific patient populations, financial derivative instruments can improve health care investment decisions by stakeholders that include governments, life sciences companies and health insurers. Integral to the development of a health commodities market is an accurate and transparent metric upon which the financial instruments are based. In preparation for such a market, health care stakeholders must begin by using a common language to communicate about how they aim to improve health. We posit that this common language should be based on the latest health outcomes metrics available.

Learning Areas:
Biostatistics, economics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Define and describe the three components integral to a meaningful outcomes-based metric. 2. Identify the reasons why an outcomes-based metric is desirable. 3. Analyze the impact of health outcomes commodities in risk minimization and health care investment. 4. Evaluate the importance of a health commodities market that is based on a widely-accepted outcomes-based metric.

Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Health Indices

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: one of my primary research areas is the application of health outcomes metrics to improving the public health. I am a co-inventor on a patent application related to an dynamic method of creating health outcomes indices and financial derivative instruments based on the indices, and am a member of the Law & Policy workgroup of the Missouri Health Information Organization, which is the entity responsible for creating Missouri's statewide health information exchange.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Global Health Outcomes, Inc. health consulting Stock Ownership and co-founder, board member and executive committee of company

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.