When the first telehealth systems were developed, they emerged from a growing need to transform the ways patients receive healthcare. Today, with population health management, this same principle can be applied to entire populations of patients to provide deeper insights into the causes and effects of health conditions and diseases.
This approach to analyzing large segments of the population can have dramatic results for patients, caregivers, and healthcare organizations alike, as well as reduce expenses and strengthen the relationships between patients and their care providers.
Recognizing the Needs of the Many
With population health management, healthcare providers are given access to a resource not typically utilized – or even considered – in traditional health practices. While each patient is unique with his or her own set of concerns, needs, and complications, information gathered from a select portion of a population can garner valuable results and help healthcare professionals better understand their patients’ individual needs.
When providers are given access to new and better information, they are given the benefit of reevaluating their services to ensure the best possible health outcome for their patients. This additionally assists healthcare organizations, as changes to their services and care practices often correspond with reduced expenses and more efficient staff performance.
How Population Health Management Transforms Individual Care
Information gathered through population health management can easily be transferred to individual patients to improve their personal treatment plans. With new information comes new insights, and those insights can be utilized to make alterations to current treatments and help answer previously unsolved questions.
This is especially useful when it comes to analyzing and remedying medical and clerical errors that can have tremendous consequences on a patient’s well-being and comfort.
In addition, new information gathered through population health management can lower costs for both patients and health facilities, as unnecessary procedures and lengthy hospitalizations can be more easily avoided.
Strengthening Relationships and Bolstering Satisfaction
By gathering insights and transferring those insights to personal care practices, healthcare providers can lower expenses, reduce the need for hospitalization, improve patient satisfaction, and boost overall health outcomes. When paired with telehealth services such as remote patient monitoring and virtual consultations, stronger bonds can be fostered between healthcare providers and their patients.
When patients are satisfied and confident in their providers, it not only improves their general health, but also eases the efforts of the men and women who provide their care. By using population health management to strengthen relationships and bolster satisfaction, healthcare organizations can greatly enhance their performance while avoiding the stresses and roadblocks so commonly associated with anxious and unsure patients.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.