By Tamara StClaire, chief innovation officer, Xerox Commercial Healthcare
Population health management is becoming more of a widely discussed topic as healthcare continues to evolve and shift to a value-based system. At our Midas+ Symposium in May, we asked 35 C-level healthcare executives what they thought about population health management. We found they are generally optimistic about the progress their organizations can make, despite a number of opportunities for improvement.
Last week, I was able to get a different perspective by hosting the monthly #HITchicks chat on Twitter. The relatively tight-knit group of individuals did not hold back any of their thoughts on the topic. Below are some of the main takeaways from the discussion on population health management.
Population Health Management generally involves identifying and understanding specific populations and taking steps to improve their health.
T1: PopHealth: looking/analyzing @ large amounts of health-related data on huge# of ppl. goal: improve health 4 entire population #HITchicks
— Chelsea LukensGrover (@Cnluken) June 17, 2015
T1 Population health management = attending 2 people's health across the continuum of their lives,at all ages & betw "encounters" #hitchicks
— Bernadette Keefe MD (@nxtstop1) June 17, 2015
It’s a hot topic in healthcare right now.
T2 The health of the population influences individual health, not just one way street. Everyone's talking about it because… $$ #hitchicks
— Jennifer Celio (@JMCelio) June 17, 2015
T2: Moral case for PHM: It aligns the incentives with keeping patients healthy & allows for creative/innovative pt centered care #hitchicks
— Jenn Webster (@jenwebs) June 17, 2015
“Population Health Management” will eventually become “healthcare.”
T3: When clinical information available when needed, where needed, at the right time, at the point of care #hitchicks
— Patty Dickerson (@PatPenetar) June 17, 2015
T3: When we get all the usable data actionable and embedded into the clinician's workflows. #HITChicks
— Jeanette Anderson (@jeanettegtf) June 17, 2015
Patients in a post-population health management world will be empowered and well-informed.
T4-More empowered patients armed with info to prevent chronic diseases, better use of data to tailor medicine to patient. #HITchicks
— Ximena PauvifMachado (@XimenaTrade) June 17, 2015
T4: Post-PopHealth world: easier to determine what is best for specific person, whether by clinician or by self. #hitchicks
— Janice McCallum (@janicemccallum) June 17, 2015
For a more comprehensive recap of the chat, check out Jennifer Dennard’s Storify curation.