Population health traditionally has focused on things like hospitalization rates, epidemiological surveillance and aggregate trends across groups of people, regions, etc., rather than just focusing on an individual person. While important perspectives, these data trends can be too narrow, emphasizing only symptoms, problems and pathology.
Population health is a hot topic within the healthcare industry, as providers move from traditional fee-based to value-based models. In the annual Numerof State of Population Health Survey, 95 percent of the U.S. C-suite healthcare executives surveyed ranked population health as “moderately” and “critically” important.
Technology is becoming an integral part of every interaction people have, and they are coming to expect it. Just like in other aspects of their lives, patients want their healthcare providers to keep up with the changing times, and implement technology in their practices. No longer do patients want the inconvenience of a phone call or a post card reminding them of an upcoming appointment. They are looking for convenient digital options.
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Population health management is a model that looks beyond those who need immediate medical care by helping physicians to assess their entire patient population and divide it into various groups. These groups often consist of three main categories: those who are healthy and need to stay healthy, those that have health risks, and those with chronic conditions. Healthy individuals are often managed by having them keep up with preventative care measures. Those with health risks often need to change or stop certain behaviors to reduce their risks. And, those with chronic conditions need to prevent further complications by working with their health providers and changing their health behaviors.
The goal of population health management is improving the overall health of an entire population. Treating health at a population level typically means focusing on improving environment, social structure, and resource distribution. Family planning programs, for instance, play a major role in population health and are one of the most highly cost-effective interventions in medicine.
Patient-specific analytics and intuitive clinigraphic interface allow clinicians to act on what matters most. By Christine Kern, contributing writer