Pearl Diver is in the Life Sciences Information business. It provides "intelligent access" to a massive patient, clinical trial and adverse event database.
A White Paper
When you click on Pearl Diver, you will be asked to click on "Our first white paper." It is an analysis of variations in cost among geographic regions. It focuses its large database on the orthopedic industry and the 75 million patients that seek care for musculo-skeletal maladies. The headline, above, hints at its conclusions: "Any system where the consumer pays more to receive less is vulnerable at its core."
It seems obvious that spending more for poorer care is a legitimate target for reform. And it is equally obvious that it will take health care IT to get the job done. As the paper states: "The movement towards correlating patient outcomes with cost data is driving the national discussion of health care reform, yet the institutions providing care do not yet have a clear set of tools for comparing their quality of care, patient outcomes and cost."
If these health care issues, and some nice graphics, interest you, go to Pearl Diver and read its "first white paper." And, if you notice that the company phone number has a 260 prefix, you'll also know that it is answered in Indiana, home to both the center of the orthopedic implant industry and some of the nation's most advanced IT.