Population health demands providers do more than react to illness

#5in5_Blog_BannerIn the era of health care reform, the mandate for providers is clear: Keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. Across the country, health care systems are grappling with how to achieve these goals. Even for the very best, this isn’t an easy task.

One of the organizations that is successfully navigating the journey is Lehigh Valley Health Network, a health care hub in Pennsylvania that encompasses five hospitals and more than 13,000 clinicians.

Lehigh Valley regularly receives national recognition for quality from organizations such as U.S. News and World Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Quality,” in the words of Nina Taggart, a physician administrator for population health at LVHN, “is part of the organization’s DNA.”

But as the health care system transitions to a value-based payment model, and population health management becomes the goal, providers cannot rely on quality alone. You can provide the best care in the world, but if you’re only able to respond to illness, keeping people out of the hospital is going to be difficult. Ultimately, to move from episodic care to accountable care, providers need to be able to identify their sickest patients.

That’s where data and analytics come into the picture.

For LVHN, having integrated clinical and financial data has enabled them to identify the health care priorities of their patient population, build coordinated care teams for their most vulnerable patients, engage patients and clinicians in new ways, and see where their resources are best put to use. Ultimately, integrated data has helped build the foundation for their transformation to an accountable care organization (ACO) that can focus on managing health and delivering value.

Click here to watch a 5-minute video. In it, Taggart explains how integrated data has helped LVHN identify health care priorities and focus on population health management.

 

About the Author:

Leslie Cozatt currently serves as Director of Marketing, Optum Provider – Thought LH_low-resLeadership and Content Strategy.

She directs the development of content that spotlights the role of data analytics in healthcare – specifically the transition to value-based care, risk management and population health management. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience developing B2B and B2C integrated marketing campaigns for companies including ThreeWire, Eliance and 3M. Leslie attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Wellington College with a BS in International Business & Communication.

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