Santa Cruz HIO's CIO, Bill Beighe recently wrote an article for Healthcare Tech Outlook. Here is an excerpt.
The American Journal of Public Health defines Population Health as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population.
"Since patients see a number of different providers and hospitals over time, an incomplete health status is the norm for many patients in these systems"
Traditionally healthcare providers and health insurance organizations focused their Population Health efforts on their own patients. Some have invested significant money and resources in an effort to measure and improve the health status of their “population.” This turns out to be rather narrow and limited, and not terribly useful from a Population Health perspective. Read More...