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The health industry has yet to define the true meaning of population health. According to improvingpopulationhealth.org, population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. Before population health becomes common practice, there will be some hurdles that need to be addressed. Let’s take a look at some of these hurdles according to healthcareitnews.com.
1. Lack of compliance by clinicians
Many health networks have applied evidence based pathways, protocols and decision trees outlining how they want patients treated by doctors and nurses. However, getting clinicians to comply as well is another hurdle in itself.
2. Too little clinical care coordination for patients
Poor adherence continues and it leads to massive over-utilization of the system due in part to a number of different technologies coming to market. Patients and health insurance companies are changing the way they pay for health insurance.
3. Population health “hotspotting” not yet widespread
The practice of population health involves providers taking a look at data analytics to find patient populations that consume large portions of cost care and identity the ways to bring and impact and change to those population subsets. However, because it’s still an emerging practice, the data is not quite there yet to be scrubbed.
4. Abundance of data
Sometimes when you’re trying to solve or find a problem, data can help. Problem is when you have too much data to analyze, it could make it overwhelming and hard to find a place to start. Everyday, patients are constantly generating new data and it’s hard to account for every piece of data.
5. The need to activate more patients
Providers need to better figure out how to incorporate their patients, whether that’s as simple as taking medications regularly or actually changing long-standing lifestyle habits, to drive adherence because it’s the key to better outcomes, reducing overutilization and ultimately slashing costs.
For more on this article, check it out at healthcareitnews.com.
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