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Why connected care is critical to success of population health efforts

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
Why connected care is critical to success of population health efforts

Succeeding in a value-based world requires healthcare providers to adopt new strategies to help ensure better patient outcomes at lower overall cost.

Over at Healthcare IT News, InterSystems Chief Medical Officer Dr. Turner Billingsley makes the case that population health requires a patient-centric approach in order to be effective. Billingsley writes that healthcare organizations must think about how to empower clinicians to be more effective in improving the health status of a specified population by optimizing care for individuals. Accomplishing this, he argues, requires four key elements: standardization, localization, personalization and adaptation.

“In healthcare, standardization implies the use of evidence-based best practices,” Billingsley says. “For population health management priorities, it also requires estab­lishing a consistent measurement standard.”

Indeed, he writes, consistent measurement standards “are essential for reducing gaps in care, adhering to best practice standards and ensuring the overall success of the population health initiative.”

Providers today increasingly rely on telemedicine and interoperability, but Billingsley notes that “healthcare is still local at its core.” Thus, he writes, while a patient “can receive care that is being directed by a case manager halfway across the country, it is still up to the local health facility to see those best practices and care delivery tactics through.”

“Health information exchange (HIE) capabilities can provide a beneficial platform for building a community-wide connected healthcare record,” Billingsley says. “By facilitating data aggregation, information exchange and information presentation to all care team members within their preferred workflow, HIE allows providers to deliver more comprehensive and efficient care plans to patients within their local communities.”

Healthcare ultimately must be all about the patient, according to Billingsley, “individualized based on a person’s unique health history and care needs.” Personalization can run the gamut from higher patient engagement to deployment of precision medicine tools and individualized treatment strategies.

“Personalized health­care needs to support shared clinical decision mak­ing, giving providers across the care continuum full access to shared health records at any point in the care journey,” he says.

Billingsley says providers must have the ability and willingness to use data analytics to continually evaluate the effectiveness of care plans, patient engagement strategies, and other healthcare approaches.

By constantly adapting and changing the way that care is delivered, continuous improvements will be made and more effective care tactics will be established as industry best practices and standards,” he writes.

You can read the full column here.