Data analyst and consultant Solucient has named a physician leader to head up a new business unit to coordinate its research and product development across all its business lines.
Kaveh Safavi, M.D., was promoted to the newly created position of chief medical officer, the company announced Tuesday. Safavi previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Solucient's clinical business unit.
The data vendor, which annually produces a list of 100 Top Hospitals with Modern Healthcare, gathers billing information from more than 500 hospitals and mines data representing 85% of all patient discharges in the country, according to Safavi.
As CMO, Safavi will head the new Solucient Center for Healthcare Improvement. The business unit will try to obtain synergy from the company's data and analytical strengths in developing products for Solucient customers, which include hospitals, drug and device manufacturers and employers.
"It's really about collecting our intellectual assets in one place," Safavi said.
Historically, hospitals had not been much for public displays of perfection -- or imperfection -- using their own patient data, but that?s changing, Safavi said. Looking forward, that change will drive one key line of business for Solucient, he predicts.
"Generally speaking, the public accountability is forcing all healthcare providers be more visible in any type of performance. Given there is such movement toward public accountability, we help hospitals move toward that."
Another line of business growth will be in predicting the impact technologies will have on patterns of care and outcomes, he said. "We're looking at what it's going to do to services, quality. Is it changing their outcome? Is it changing their long-term cost per stay?"
Safavi said the company is currently analyzing the impact of drug-eluting stents on coronary care, including how fast physicians are switching to the new implants.
Prior to Solucient, Safavi was vice president of business and strategic development for Alexian Brothers Health System, a three-hospital Catholic hospital group based in Elk Grove Village, Ill. A specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics, he received his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago and earned a law degree from DePaul University.