How the lab at Express Scripts leverages data to predict — and prevent — healthcare problems

By Steven Melendez, Contributing Writer

mbiniIn 2013, the U.S. healthcare system spent more than $300 billion addressing the consequences of patients failing to take drugs they were prescribed, according to research from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts.

That’s a massive number — and a big issue that the St. Louis-based company is tackling at its Express Scripts Lab. The lab, which opened in 2010, roughly tripled in headcount last year and now houses more than 100 employees. One area of focus: working with data to better predict which patients will need extra nudges to stick to a medication regime.

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