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Technology drives population health management forward
Healthcare has benefited tremendously from technology over the years, most recently from advanced analytics that draws relevant insights from large amounts of patient data. On its own, this technology is a boon to harried healthcare providers short on time. When applied to population health strategies and the need to keep costs down for patients and hospitals, analytics has the potential to improve care delivery and quality.
As the industry moves away from a fee-for-service model that exults profits over patients, one-size-fits-all is no longer the order of the day. Treating patients as if they are cookie-cutter ignores their unique risk factors, leaving the door open for gaps in care that can have deleterious effects.
Population health strategies rely on clinical data to identify not just these gaps, but opportunities to improve patients' health -- also a major goal of value-based healthcare. The two models intersect as providers and regulators emphasize effectively treating groups of patients while measuring how well those efforts improved their health. In this handbook, learn how technology, particularly analytics, contributes to population health's growing surge forward. Also included are case studies on how healthcare organizations approach the intersection of population health and value-based care