Population Health Management is often not unclearly defined. A basic grasp of Population Health Management has to do with the knowing a certain population, like a community or city, and actively strategizing to provide the best care at the lowest possible cost. This happens by knowing what infections and diseases are prevalent to the area, what treatments are needed and even to promote proactive methods to prevent outbreaks, epidemics or increased spreading of contagions.
PHM has many components to it and require a lot of aggregated data to understand where action should be taken. Some of these individual components including electronic health records (EHR), financial and operational data of the given organization so as to have both a broad spectrum and individualistic picture of what is going on. The Internet, and other data-rich databases hold much more time-sensitive information, and has the ability to follow a train of thought down the rabbit hole.
Without the help of PHM software, the ability to provide proficient medical assistance would be impeded severely. It could be compared to looking up select information in an encyclopedia as compared to the Internet: searching through books can prove to be time consuming, out-of-date, and fruitless due to limitations within the information.
There are two sides to PHM and both are benefited greatly from what it produces. Healthcare professionals are able to assess, treat and understand the going’s on, and to do this without increasing overall costs. As patients, we are receiving better, more exacting care, with the possibility of more positive results.
Population Health Management is designed to help healthcare providers by improving clinical practices which consists of evidence gathering, evaluating knowledge, setting value stream maps, and patient safety protocols. PHM also improves the organizational deployment system, which is the team structures, roles, and fingerprinting implementation.
It also is designed to improve data warehouse analytics, which is the process of data driven prioritization, calculations, definitions, and data visualization. It is not a series of one-time projects, but requires systemic and sustained efforts across a system to win and maintain hard-fought gains.
When considering what PHM can provide for an organization, it shouldn’t be implemented because a few people believe that it is beneficial, however not realizing all the advantages that are helpful to everyone involved can be detrimental.
It is best to seek out and understand much more deeply the costs, the changes that might be required, and the ability to find a return on investment. This basic explanation is just a launching point into a multifaceted and quite fascinating subject. Please feel free to navigate through Health Catalyst’s website to read more about the implementing and far-reaching aspects of Population Health Management.