Tag Archives: population health

Confirm patients’ medical memories to develop complete health histories

Can you remember what you wore to work last Thursday? How about what you had for lunch yesterday? We humans aren’t particularly great at recalling details. Study after study shows it. Colonoscopy patients don’t remember details of their procedures when more than a year has passed, according to a report in Healio. How about hip […]
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ACOs and the future of health care

Are accountable care organizations (ACOs) the future of health care? In Washington, DC and throughout the country, a lot of people are betting that they are. Designed to improve the coordination and quality of care and lower costs for Medicare patients, ACOs are considered an important step in the effort to move Medicare – and […]
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How an outstanding provider got even better with analytics

Lehigh Valley Health Network was already a pretty stellar health care organization. After all, it had been listed in US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” 20 years running, and the American Hospital Association had numbered it among the “100 Most Wired” in 11 consecutive years. But the Pennsylvania provider wasn’t about to rest […]
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Population health demands providers do more than react to illness

In 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 […]
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Manage population health for low-risk, high-reward outcomes

In our past posts, we shared how Billy Beane transformed the Oakland Athletics baseball team into a perennial contender using data and analytics. The now-famous “Moneyball” strategy has allowed the A’s to field players who bring the greatest reward (wins) for the lowest risk (wasted budget). As health care organizations continue their journey toward value-based […]
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Rethinking department cooperation to build IT, HIE systems

To really manage clinical and financial risks, healthcare providers may need to do more with their data. To enable that goal, they may need to rethink how tasks are divided between departments. Health Data Management reported on an issue paper from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange. WEDI found a strong health IT infrastructure and […]
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New technologies are breaking down data silos

The highest quality data does no one any good if the information is locked up in silos, unable to be shared. Now the tools of health care are changing in a way that will allow data to be accessed and analyzed. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) represent two of the top […]
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Preventive care: Gauge potential to drive revenue

Say your patient population is the size of Cincinnati and Toledo combined, you might be able to fill up my beloved Buckeyes’ Ohio Stadium with patients who’ve skipped two years of well visits. I’m talking about 18 percent of your patients missing out on preventive care. What would closing that gap in care mean to […]
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Solving the health care risk challenge

Did you know that one-third of Americans’ health plan coverage will be part of a shared-risk program by 2020? In fact, more than 90 percent of health plans already include value-based reimbursement contract terms with their network providers. The transitioning market has created the Triple Aim, where quality of care, more affordable care and patient […]
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COPD offers chance for population health success.

Health care systems know that their patients are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. They also know the expense of treating it. They may not know that COPD offers an opportunity to make an immediate impact in patients’ lives and drive down costs while learning population health management skills. Statistics surrounding COPD are […]
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