There’s a lot of talk about population health management programs these days, but exactly what is population health management and what does it entail? In short, population health management programs encompass collecting and analyzing data on segments of a patient population to improve the management of specific diseases within that population.
But that’s not all. While population health management programs are a comprehensive approach to uncovering gaps in care, the very best programs also work to fill those gaps for the benefits of patients. When gaps are identified and filled, patient outcomes improve, the work of various caregivers is aligned, patient care is more coordinated, efficiencies are realized, and the costs of providing care is reduced.
Population health management programs mean more than just access to data; it also means tracking, managing, and analyzing that data so that healthcare providers know what actions to take. Actions might include notifying patients, making appointments, following up with patients, making referrals, securely sharing patient information with relevant healthcare professionals and organizations, quantifying the cost of care, doing quality reporting, and more.
Benefits of Population Health Management Programs
Effective population health management programs benefit patients, physicians, and healthcare organizations three ways.
First, the care that patients receive is better coordinated. Patients also are reminded of procedures needed to manage their disease or condition and are educated about self-care. This results not only in better health, but lower healthcare costs. Because more-expensive procedures are not required because of timely care, patients save money, and the healthcare system as a whole saves money.
Second, because physicians have access to better data, they are better informed and can make better and more timely decisions. In turn, patients become more engaged, which results in improved health and better patient outcomes. That’s not all. With better data, physicians can more easily satisfy quality measures that focus on engaging patients and providing timely, appropriate, and coordinated care.
Third, when gaps in patient care are filled, healthcare organizations become more profitable and the cost of delivering care can be more accurately quantified. Healthcare organizations also benefit from increased preventative care, which helps avoid more expensive procedures and leads to not only higher quality, but also more efficient, coordinated care across the health system.
Better Health Outcomes
The goal of population health management programs is simple: Improve the quality of care while reducing costs. This is accomplished by merging data with well-developed disease management programs. With that in mind, population health management results in improvements in the care of patients with chronic and costly diseases.
Advanced TeleHealth Solutions offers the ultimate population health management programs with increased patient interaction and better preventative care. From diabetes management to CHF management, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions can enhance any population by providing access to a remote patient monitoring solution for those with chronic diseases.
At Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, we offer population health management programs to assist with disease management and provide better care options for chronic conditions such as:
Contact us today to learn more about how our population health management programs and telehealth solutions can help your healthcare system or organization provide better care for patients with chronic diseases.