Population Health a Key Focus at Upcoming Health Technology Forum Conference
Posted by Raj N. Manickham CPHIMS, Data Architect, Engineer and Analyst
A panel of experts will discuss Population Health – Past, Present, Future at the annual Health Technology Forum Conference being held on May 20th at the Windham Hotel in San Francisco.
With a focus on improving community health outcomes, this panel will review the ways that population health is used to evaluate and understand under served communities in order to improve care outcomes. The panel will discuss gaps in population health management, what is working, what is not and what still needs to be done.
The panel will be moderated by Neelam Sekhri Feachem, CEO of the Healthcare Redesign Group. Other panelists include Alma Golden MD, of McLane Children’s Hospital and author of the book “I Love You TOO Much to Let You Act Like a Brat” and Fred Thum, MD and Asst. Professor of Emergency Medicine and Informatics Fellow at Mt. Sinai Hospital.So, what is Population Health Management? This visual from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (via Dale Sanders at Health Catalyst) helped me build a mind map (Click to Enlarge):
Starting with the broad goals (to live long and lead a healthy life), it attempts to break down the components/facets of a healthy life, and the relative weights as the authors saw it. What stood out for me is that Clinical Care is pegged at a mere 20%!
You can read the full report here It seems to be a clever attempt to make this ‘personal’ by breaking down the data and comparisons down to the county level, encouraging readers to look at ‘where they live’.
Looking beyond care aimed at fixing-after-it-is-broken, including prevention, focusing on individual accountability and preferences, and the choices we make as a community – that is Population Health Management.