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Population Health can be defined as the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.  Population health management is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources. A proper analysis of Population Outcomes aids the understanding of where a health system is and aids in the adoption of better and improved practice systems to enable health practitioners to figure out what is needed.  An effective and efficient population health management program requires fundamental changes to the way patient care management is handled and practiced. To have effective population health management, healthcare organizations have to be smart about accelerating development of the right areas and manage expectations about what can be achieved.Typically, health organizations use different tools such as Business Intelligence (BI) analytical tools to apply Population Outcomes. Healthcare is transitioning away from a traditional fee-for-service business model to a model that incorporates value into the payment equation thus making the system more accountable. It is, however, a long way to go to equal its peers in the international community. Many health systems don’t have the data and technology to support such transition.

 

While data may be used separately by different hospitals and health organizations, there are different data analysis tools used across the system. Many systems do not integrate information on administrative and logistical activities like billing, medical claims with other health-related information like health records, lab results, patient medical history, patient drug allergies etc. A shortcoming like this affects the quality of patient care management. And Patient Care Management is a critical component of population health outcome management. Think of population health management as Patient Care Management on a grander scale. Even though the objective of care management does vary among healthcare organizations, their general goal and underlying mission revolve around improving patient self-management, improving medication management and reducing the cost of care both for patients and for the health organization. At the end of the day, it all come full circle. In order to have an effective and efficient population health management system, you have to have a working patient care management system and a health philosophy on its importance.

 

Some Key Benefits of Population Care Management are

 

The absolute minimal data sets required for population outcomes are

 

 

The Healthcare Industry needs to do a better job of collecting true patient outcomes data, rather than proxies for care. For example, it inherently does not matter if a person with diabetes has had a foot exam—but it matters very much if that foot exam discovers an open wound that will not heal. Additionally, organizations must also understand cost at a granular, individual level instead of guessing at costs by looking at the average cost of overall patients or members. That approach is almost meaningless when managing margins. Healthcare organizations that have learned and mastered these steps and possess these abilities and capabilities have the essential components for an effective population health management program.

An effective and efficient population health management program requires fundamental changes to the way patient care management is handled and practiced. To have effective population health management, healthcare organizations have to be smart about accelerating development of the right areas and manage expectations about what can be achieved.

 

How does population health management work? How can health practitioners and health care organizations apply these theoretical definitions into actual practice? These are the questions organizations like Health Catalyst constantly provide answers to with their research and reliable information platform.