Population Health Management – Effectively Using Healthcare IT
I have read more garbled definitions for population health management- so let’s try and simplify, and then apply to our own company’s scenarios.
Electronic patient records, electronic health records (EHR) were huge when they started – that really started the cascade of what we now refer to as population health management. The options keep growing exponentially.
Most typical definition: Population Health Management is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources, the analysis of that data into a single, actionable patient record, and the actions through which care providers can improve both clinical and financial outcomes. In other words, we want to maximize the health of the employee by collecting and analyzing data by different providers in the most cost effective way possible. This by definition will improve the ROI.
Now – let’s break it down and understand what we as corporations can prosper from here.
Keeping our employees happy and healthy is the soundest asset investment we can support.
We should be expanding population health management to far more than chronic disease management, we equally must encourage proactive health care. The potential ability of a provider to effectively manage the healthcare needs of a defined group across a range of healthcare services either through direct provision of care or through structured relationships with other providers will benefit both the employee and the company. Providers have strived for decades to turn our system from a “sick care” model to a truly “health care” model. An effective population health management system can transform healthcare from reactive and transactional to proactive and ongoing.
However, we must be able to provide the strictest of confidentiality to the employee, otherwise, the population health management model will fail. The threat of a data breach will undermine all of our best efforts of implementation. Mobile health (cell phone apps, fitbits….), telemedicine ( insulin pumps & other monitors that health care technicians can review remotely) and other health IT incentive programs – these technologies must be carefully used and monitored assuring cybersecurity. With all that said – as a corporate health provider for many years, I very strongly believe on these health IT incentives and monitors – they strongly enable participant adherence and success.
Its easy to get wrapped up and let in the maze of gadgets and health IT. Remember quality of care, in terms of proactive support and chronic disease management is the outcome that matters, in terms of health and ROI.
We still need providers to interpret data, make health assessments and recommendations. This might be very obvious for chronic disease management, but is frequently overlooked and minimized on the proactive health care side of health management. A good wellness provider can identify risks that needs to be pursued by a physician, catching potentially life threatening illnesses at a much earlier stage. Health Risk Assessment.
Wellness Programs that Save Companies Money….Actually..
Harvard Business Review: Employee wellness programs were examined to see if they really cut employer costs. They concluded yes – however, the answer is not simple lifestyle programs; it’s programs that prevent at-risk employees from becoming ill and help chronically ill employees stabilize their conditions.
According to the CDC, currently the vast majority of people are at risk for disease. “At risk” conditions are also reducing workplace productivity and engagement**.
A recent Rand study, “Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money?”Examined 10 years of data from a Fortune 100 employer’s wellness program. When compared against the lifestyle-management component, disease management delivered 86% of the hard healthcare cost savings, generating $136 in savings per member, per month and a 30% reduction in hospital admissions.
Population health management with healthcare IT provide health specialists valuable tools for assessment, determination of health risks which saves lives and costs to all. Properly constructed, it can provide the employee the confidentiality they seek, and employers the tools to provide true healthcare to support their most valuable asset – their people.
** Employee Engagement vs. Talent Engagement:
With the advent of a new economy and workforce composition, we now have a talent market. Companies are surrounded by a cloud of talent, coming from multiple sources: Temp workers, freelancers, contract workers, suppliers, … All of these talent resources need to be engaged to help organizations to reach their objectives.
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