Healthcare analytics can be used to identify successful treatments, control costs, and make processes more efficient. It can also be used to shed light on practices and industry relationships that might not be considered entirely healthy for the industry as a whole.
It is no secret that drug manufacturers make payments or provide services to physicians in an effort to strengthen their relationship with these providers. Providers have long argued that these practices in no way influence their decision on which drugs they prescribe to their patients.
ProPublica, (www.propublica.org) an internet news site, has used this public data to create a database on providers and how much they collect through these payments from drug and medical device manufacturers. They have made this database available through their site and you can look up the payments reported as paid to your physicians from these vendors.