population health management (PHM)

Population health management (PHM) is a discipline within the healthcare industry that studies and facilitates care delivery across the general population or a group of individuals.

An important goal of PHM is to gather, normalize and analyze clinical data across a patient’s many care settings that can reveal opportunities to improve the patient’s health and the provider’s financial outcomes. By merging clinical care with healthcare economics and outcomes assessment, PHM can help providers, patients and insurers aggregate, exchange and analyze patient data to coordinate care and promote wellness through evidence-based decision support in clinical care.

Population health management requires technology that supports data aggregation, data governance and data analytics. The technology must also support the reporting capabilities necessary for compliance and provider incentives.  In the United States, PHM is typically tied to incentives that require a provider to statistically prove an increase in a given population’s health.

This was last updated in August 2014

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