Population Health Management Strategies

Success in Population Health Management is, in many ways, tied to success in change management because it requires adoption and buy-in to new ways of working with patients and other healthcare providers.

Remote care and monitoring, multi-disciplinary teams across different care settings, social determinants, data analysis and planning to close care gaps — all these considerations, and more, are necessary for healthcare organizations to make a real impact on population health. Medical devices, data and telehealth software platforms and many other tools are becoming available to help healthcare organizations succeed in managing population health.

The gradual but steady move away from fee-for-service to value-based care and reimbursement is also providing financial motivation and incentives related to effectiveness in population health management.

Data capture and analysis is obviously vital to any population health program and there are many, increasingly sophisticated and AI-driven population health data management software platforms available to help healthcare organizations get a clear picture of their patient populations on a granular level. But understanding data, closing care gaps and crafting proactive, early-intervention patient care plans based on predictive indicators does not, by itself, automatically ensure positive results and positive impact on population health.

For population health management to result in lower costs and better health outcomes also requires patient engagement and participation in their own care plan. Since most people are not inclined to be proactive about owning their own health actions or inactions and the related consequences, it takes more than automated reminders and remote device monitoring to really impact patient behavior. It also requires a human relationship and connection between physicians and patients.

Population Health Management Starts with Strategy

Because population health encompasses so many issues and processes, it’s vital that there is an overriding strategy for any healthcare organization’s population health management. The strategy must include goals, challenges, opportunities, priorities, resources, processes and tools. Strategy must also include change management, adoption and buy-in from healthcare providers and their patients.

Forefront uses its unique healthcare industry knowledge and insights to guide its clients in the development of an overarching population health management strategy that serves all constituencies involved with patient care.

In addition to our knowledge of the leading-edge population health technologies for devices, data and other population health tools, Forefront guides our clients through the human aspects of change management among providers and patients that is so necessary to the success of any population health management program.

Call 800-924-5447 to discuss your population health management challenges and questions.