Indiana’s Scott County, roughly 80 miles south of Indianapolis, experienced one of the worst opioid-driven HIV outbreaks in rural America.
As healthcare continues to take center-stage in the United States, population health management gains more prominence as a term signifying the push to improve patient care. Commonly defined by the government as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group,” population management is often criticized for being too broad.
Raise your hand if you remember TripTiks?
Before Google Maps, before Garmin, way back in the stone ages (or maybe, paper ages) of paper road maps, AAA had this service for travelers. You'd tell them where you wanted to go and where you'd be leaving from, and AAA would print you a booklet with all the maps you'd need to get from Point A to Point B. It would also point out alternate routes, and suggest places to visit and things to do along the way — your whole trip in one package.
Thirty years ago, when my grandmother would get sick, she would go to the doctor, listen to his advice — and then do as she was told. These days, though, when my daughter gets sick and the doctor tells her to take a medicine or complete a test, her first response is to ask questions about the medicine that she's being prescribed: What is it? Why should I take it? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Is there a generic alternative?
Leidos Health president Jonathan Scholl recently sat down with POLITICO writer David Himmel to discuss the future of healthcare technology. In an interview published in POLITICO Focus, Scholl described why healthcare technology in the U.S. hasn't produced the improvements seen elsewhere in tech — and how to fix that.
Collaboration is a main ingredient to successful execution within population health management. Recently, C-Level leaders within the health industry- such as CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, Population Health VPs- met during a Population Health Exchange to discuss the strategic priorities of the population health field. The exchange is a yearly event run by HealthLeaders Media Exchange, a provider of healthcare business intelligence.
As a board-certified emergency medicine physician, I have had the opportunity to personally experience the joys of providing virtual care. I have seen positive outcomes and happy patients and families. I have seen local communities thrive from the extra support. Overall, I am thankful for the opportunity to provide virtual care to a network of nearly 150 hospitals in 10 states. I firmly believe every virtual shift I work; I am helping us move a step closer to the promise that geography should not dictate the standard of care a patient and family receives.
Depending upon who you ask, population health may not be too popular. Some of the apprehension concerning population health concerns stems from the ability for Big Data to provide actionable insights that improve the level of care. Additionally, some apprehension around population health comes from the fear of a disconnect between quality care and financial success under new reimbursement models.