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Health Risk Assessments: An Important Foundation for PHMs

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:10

Health Risk Assessments (HRA) have existed for years, but are quickly becoming an integral part of population health management (PHM) strategies. A Healthcare Intelligence Network survey showed that 70 percent of healthcare organizations use HRAs to measure health risk factors, and 52 percent plan to launch an HRA in the coming year.

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Taking the First Steps Toward Managing Patients’ Health

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:04

Population health management plans are an important step if simultaneously improving quality, lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction. For physician offices and smaller heath organizations, the impact on the business and on the patients can make a tremendous, positive impact.

Traditionally, we have viewed health care as providing care to the sick, not necessarily managing health. It’s important for both health care professionals and patients to play active roles in the process. Unrealistic expectations of patients such as “You need to lose 50 pounds in the next three months” will often backfire. Since patients trust their doctors, beginning the process together increases the likelihood of success.

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Technology Solutions as Healthcare Needs Increase

The sweeping provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the increase in insured Americans will continue to force healthcare providers to become more efficient in providing care. Although investing in IT can be costly up front, we will see the importance of having these technologies when it comes to providing care for more people.

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Meaningful Use and Technologies Create Meaningful Obstacles

As pressures continue to cut costs, hospitals and doctors face tough IT challenges in 2014 with deadlines for Meaningful Use and new technology demands. In addition to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), they will also have to ramp up to meet Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records at the same time as they prepare for the crucial Oct. 1 conversion to the more complex ICD-10 coding system. At the same time, the good news is that more health systems are utilizing fully mature health IT environments, big data and mobile devices.

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Evaluating the Importance of Tools in Patient Engagement

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 19:20

Will patients embrace an active role in their own care? As deadlines approach for “meaningful use” of technology to increase patient engagement, health care providers are challenged to convince at least 5 percent of patients to communicate electronically about their care. Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy to do so: it will take a mix of electronic medical records, surveys and self-registration to increase your chances of success.

Patient portals through traditional websites and mobile apps may empower patients no matter where they are – serving as centers of information. But how can you increase interaction? University of Colorado Health is piloting tools to engage patients before and after discharge through wellness, fitness and nutrition tips. A smartphone app allows a person to measure progress in areas such as weight and blood pressure while also allowing physician access so they can delve into the data and better understand the patient’s condition.

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