Top 5 Population Health Trends in 2018

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Effective population healthcare management requires partnerships among providers and payers, integrated data support, redesigned IT structures, a focus on non-traditional health care workforce, new care management models, new population health models, and a shift from fee-for-service to value-based care delivery.

1. Digital Health Interventions

The use of digital interventions to monitor and develop everything from sleep patterns to patient treatment will create a dramatic shift in care coordination and the patient experience. The goal with digital interventions is to improve patient outcomes and empower people to fix problems that are either chronic or acute.

2. Provider-Centric Solutions

Providers are constantly overwhelmed by dreary documentation. As a result, their margins are squeezed because they’re reimbursed less money per patient, per procedure, and they’re being forced to do more and more patient documentation (which is an added cost depending on how they manage it).  Outsourcing solutions reduce the documentation workload and allow for a streamlining of documentation practices that will allow physicians to give their full attention to their patients.

3. Big Data & Analytics

Companies have so much data to the point that you can model the risk factors related with a given patient. Data retrieved and analyzed can assume how likely someone is to be readmitted back to a hospital, or the potential of them going to the ED. Big data can fundamentally change how we care for people.  The opportunity it entails is to be constantly re-stratifying risk levels, especially in situations of interventions or high-risk procedures.

4. Collaborating with The Community to Address Socioeconomic Challenges 

 

Successful Population Health Management doesn’t stop once the patient leaves the clinic.  The socioeconomic determinants of health, such as food and housing security, transportation access, education, and employment contribute significantly to a patient’s ability to make healthy decisions and maintain their wellness.

5. More Providers Are Recognizing Population Health Management As A Strategic Imperative

86 percent of 537 provider executives surveyed by Numerof & Associates said population health was “very important” or “critically important” to the future success of their organization. According to the report, the main reason for pursuing a population health strategy was to “better control of clinical costs, quality and outcomes,” cited by 78 percent of the respondents.

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