The Journey to Simplify Population Health:
Introduction to the Three Essentials
By Marc Willard, president of Transcend Insights
There’s a lot of talk around achieving a successful population health management (PHM) strategy. PHM is best achieved through a set of tools designed to accomplish the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim, which was established to optimize the performance of health systems in the age of reform. The three aspects of the Triple Aim include: improving population health, enhancing the patient experience and reducing the per capita cost of care. As physicians and care teams aim to improve the health of their populations, they are met with various obstacles. From trying to combine interoperability with analytics, to constantly changing regulatory requirements and a disjointed healthcare system, finding the tools to implement a successful PHM strategy is extremely challenging. Challenging, but not impossible. The journey to achieving a successful PHM strategy that will make a true impact starts with a sharp focus on three critical elements:
- Community-wide interoperability;
- Real-time healthcare analytics; and
- Intuitive care tools.
In the next three of this four-part series, my colleagues will dive into each one of these three key elements in more detail. They will explain how they help physicians and care teams to achieve PHM and the IHI’s Triple Aim. Population health management is a journey. No matter where a health care system is on its path to value, establishing a strong foundation and the right elements are vital to helping people achieve their best health.
What are some of the challenges you have experienced while trying to achieve a successful PHM strategy?
(This is Part I of a four-part series. The next post in the series will be published next week.)