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3 requirements when evaluating population health management platforms

Health IT facilitated care at the population level is at its best when it focuses on prevention, prediction, and management of chronic conditions which, when treated effectively, helps reduce the total cost of care.

The business benefits of well-developed pop health programs are significant. Getting there, however, can be difficult.

The most successful population health management platforms are good at delivering three key program aspects, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan study.

  • Prioritizing patients for personalized intervention
  • Managing patient experience well across the care continuum
  • Accelerating adoption of value-based care

Because population health management is now a core requirement for many providers, technologies that can deliver on these necessary program priorities are being evaluated and adopted across U.S. markets.

A best-in-class population health management vendor enables clinicians to perform these five activities well:

  • Access: Allows providers and patients to access, share and exchange information
  • Evaluate: Presents information to end users in a fashion they can use
  • Diagnose: Helps identify the decisions and actions which can help improve the care of both an individual and an entire population
  • Engage: Helps patients and providers to collaborate via secure, electronic messages
  • Follow Up: Facilitates care transitions across the care continuum

It’s not enough, however, to deliver just what’s needed for a successful program. Time is of the essence, and platforms that can provide real-time reporting are essential.

“Some physicians needed 10 minutes to gather the information they needed to practice good medicine; now we get the same information in seconds and presented in a way that makes sense…For us, it’s a way of life. It’s the way we practice medicine,” said Dr. Rina Yahalom, Deputy CMO, Clalit Health Systems, Israel.

As Frost & Sullivan reported, a value-based healthcare industry needs to be supported by an overarching population health management platform that is vendor agnostic yet agile enough to deploy and easily configure to meet specific workflows.

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