FEATURED ARTICLES: POPULATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Readmission Prediction Flags At Risk Patients
Automated prediction alerts are helping providers identify patients who are most likely to be readmitted within a month By Katie Wike, contributing writer
8 Reasons Electronic Medical Billing Is Inevitable
The debate whether technology has made our jobs easier or not has no clear-cut winner. This is particularly evident in healthcare where the jury is still out as to whether IT advances are helping practices or slowing them down with complicated processes. Much of the confusion centers on billing, a common link between patients, providers, and payers. Electronic billing can solve many of these problems. By Randy Van Egdom
Population Health Management Initiatives Gaining Speed
Six of ten hospitals are moving forward with PHM initiatives, preparing for value based payments By Katie Wike, contributing writer
FDA Stops At-Home Genetic Testing
Genetic information can tell providers detailed family histories for their patients, but the FDA has halted at-home use By Katie Wike, contributing writer
CASE STUDIES & WHITE PAPERS
The Do’s And Don’ts Of Successful Data Management For PHM
Are you ready to embrace the paradigm shift in data management and its latest tools and techniques? Wellcentive’s Kirk Elder shows us how.
Social Media: The Competitive Edge In Healthcare
Meeting your doctor on YouTube—then receiving a video text from her when you miss an appointment. Sharing marathon milestones with friends around the world—while you run. Halting a nicotine craving with an instant “reward” of encouragement, delivered straight to your smartphone.
Performance Management: Making Care Better, Easier, And Financially Viable
Performance Management offers extensive analytics capabilities in support of population health and point of care management. Performance Management is the management of chronic, complex and preventive health needs for individual patients and entire patient populations.
ACO Efficiently Manages Population Health With The Help Of Gateway EDI
With a local network currently uniting more than 150 providers and 250,000 patients, United Medical is well on its way to changing the health care landscape in Delaware.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Goodbye Healthcare Technology Online, Hello Health IT Outcomes
In January 2014, we’re changing our name and brand to Health IT Outcomes. Here’s the story behind the name change and what you can expect from us going forward.
POPULATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE ARTICLES
The Rise Of mHealth
Healthcare is currently wrapped in a cloud of mobility, but what applications hold the most promise for providers and their patients, and what does the future hold?
The Public HIE Dilemma: Two Viewpoints
An executive of and a physician in CurrentCare, Rhode Island’s state HIE, share their thoughts on the challenges, benefits, and ultimate financial sustainability of their public HIE.
Data Analytics Makes Healthcare More Intelligent
As a key way to improve operating efficiency, ensure quality care, and contain costs, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare uses data analytics technology to ensure valuable information isn’t sucked into software “black holes.”
Meaningful Use (MU) entered our lexicon over the last few years centered on EHR software as if the usage of an application was important. Of course MU’s goal is about meaningfully using EHRs to collect and analyze clinically valuable data that will improve patient outcomes.
Implementation of audit management technology has helped INTEGRIS Health streamline revenue workflows to achieve a high success rate for audit appeals.
ABOUT POPULATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Population health management is a model that looks beyond those who need immediate medical care by helping physicians to assess their entire patient population and divide it into various groups. These groups often consist of three main categories: those who are healthy and need to stay healthy, those that have health risks, and those with chronic conditions. Healthy individuals are often managed by having them keep up with preventative care measures. Those with health risks often need to change or stop certain behaviors to reduce their risks. And, those with chronic conditions need to prevent further complications by working with their health providers and changing their health behaviors.
The goal of population health management is improving the overall health of an entire population. Treating health at a population level typically means focusing on improving environment, social structure, and resource distribution. Family planning programs, for instance, play a major role in population health and are one of the most highly cost-effective interventions in medicine.