A command center approach to population health management

Author: Imran Qureshi | Date: July 8, 2015

The iPhone changed the world, shifting power to the hands of consumers, enabling real-time access to information, mobile decision-making and new collaboration paradigms between individuals and businesses. Prior to the iPhone, cell phones had already permeated the lives of consumers, giving them mobile connections to other people and companies, but the iPhone was different; it extended engagements beyond phone calls and text messaging, and provided the world with an application ecosystem that helped them shop, entertain themselves, manage their personal finances and professional affairs – all from their palm.

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How is Interoperability Critical to Healthcare Innovation?

Author: Scott Rupp | Date: July 6, 2015

Interoperability between healthcare’s disparate systems seems to be the stickiest of wickets, and a Holy Grail that every soul in the sphere is trying to find. Given the number of conversations about the topic, there’s often little discussed about its actual importance. Perhaps this is an assumed measure or an outcome that should be clearly understood as positive, but every relevant aspect of every story should be covered, not simply assumed. Because far better reporters and publications have done a far better job of describing the interoperability issue and its place in the current healthcare landscape, I decided to ask one question of the community, in an search of a foundational answer to: How is interoperability critical to healthcare innovation?

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Making Population Health Strides at Mennonite Health in Puerto Rico

Author: Mark Hagland | Date: July 6th, 2015

Leaders at Mennonite Health System in Cayey, Puerto Rico are leveraging innovative analytics tools to maximize their population health efforts. Even as U.S. hospitals, medical groups, and health systems work forward to implement robust population health management programs, some patient care organizations are working with more abundant resources than others.
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Tackling the realities of population health: Acupera

Author: Jason Free, Managing Editor | Date: May 28, 2015

Better outcomes, preventing diseases, closing care gaps and creating cost savings for providers are all promises made by those who espouse the virtues of population health. Historically, however, these promises have not been met in many instances, causing some to believe that true population health management may still be just out of our current reach. Others, like Ron Razmi, Chief Executive Officer, Acupera, feel that it is not the practice itself, but the unrealistic, misguided approaches that many practitioners of population health employ that cause so many disappointing results.

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What exactly is ‘population health,’ anyway?

Author: Tom Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare IT News | Date: May 26, 2015

As anyone who either attended HIMSS15 or followed the ensuing conversation can attest, population health is currently all the rage. While reporting from the show floor, in fact, it seemed just about every vendor, from all walks of life, was trumpeting “population health” in one form or another.

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Crossing the Crevasse to Manage Risk: Managing Health Plans Within Provider Systems

Author: Bill Eggbeer and Krista Bowers, Managing Directors, BDC Advisors | Date: March 12, 2015

Health Systems are well on the way to becoming insurers. A recent McKinsey survey indicated 13% of the nation’s health systems already own their own plans. Other industry surveys have indicated that some 20% of the nation’s provider systems are contemplating securing insurance licenses in the next five years. Organizations which have tested the water with Clinically Integrated Networks/ACOs may enter the market with products in segments such as Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care or for the health insurance exchange marketplaces.

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