When it comes to health care value, North Carolina’s got it backwards.

While North Carolina’s health care costs continue to skyrocket, the state’s outcomes remain below average. This is unacceptable.

As the number one payers of health care, be it through premiums, self-insuring or state and federal taxes, job creators have the power to improve value and lead transformative change. By working with the stakeholders across the health care supply chain, employers must take deliberate action to demand that their health care data be treated as a common good. This is key if North Carolina is to become a top-ten state for health care value.

Acting as a convener, the NC Chamber has brought together job creators, providers, insurers and manufacturers. Now, job creators must take the reins. As home to RTP, leading research institutions, world-class data analytic and warehousing companies, a dominant insurance carrier, and some of the nation’s top medical systems and pharmaceutical manufacturers, North Carolina has every resource needed to drive change. The question is, does our state have the will to make it happen?