ProHealth Care on Monday said it has become the first health
care system to use a data warehouse tool from Epic Systems Corp.
as a tool for population health management.
The system allows ProHealth to combine patient-care information
from Epic with information from other electronic medical record
systems and other data resources, according to a ProHealth
statement, which owns Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Oconomowoc
The tool, called Cogito, allows physicians to see which of their
patients are in need of important health screenings or care
interventions. According to the statement, the report helps
enhance preventive care and improve the management of chronic
"Our new physician-specific practice profiles represent a huge
advance in our ability to both improve the care of individual
patients and manage the health of the population we serve," said
Kathy Scott, Ph.D., ProHealth Care’s chief innovation officer.
The system provides profiles for more than 460 physicians in the
ProHealth Solutions accountable care organization, which
includes physicians employed by ProHealth Care as well as
"A typical primary care physician may have more than 2,500
patients, so without tools like this, it’s almost impossible to
track each patient and know who is behind on care," said Steve
Kulick, MD, ProHealth Care’s chief medical officer. "The
profiles allow us to easily identify patients who are in need of
screenings or treatment."
Verona-based Epic Systems is a provider of electronic health