Pop Health Forum 2016 kicks off in Chicago

The HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Pop Health Forum starts Monday morning. Here’s a roundup of articles about the event. We’ll be reporting live and continue adding to it so check back often.
By Tom Sullivan
03:22 PM

The Pop Health Forum 2016 gets underway in Chicago Monday morning.

In the lead-up to the event, our writers interviewed several expert speakers, ranging from analytics professionals to clinicians to CIOs – as well as the emerging breed of executives with the words "population health" in their professional title.

Our top takeaway? Population health management is hard. But hospitals are making great strides already.

The following stories offer insights on challenges, lessons learned and steps to success. 

Population health's biggest challenges - understanding data, structuring services, engaging patients and evolving mindsets
Population health management requires fundamentally rethinking processes engrained within organizations and legacy processes from the fee-for-service world. And it requires healthcare executives to embrace new strategies, technologies and mindsets.

Buyers Guide: What to look for when picking a population health platform
A deep dive into the features healthcare organizations need, obstacles to avoid, and insights from executives who have already made the move to population health management. 

Population health requires savvy engagement of the C-suite and patients
Providing a great patient experience and making patient engagement work is easier said than done. It requires, among other things, buy-in from senior administrators and acceptance from patients. In its population health efforts, The University of Chicago Medicine has achieved critical stakeholder buy-in and has successfully engaged patients, providing them with a great experience while meeting the demands of a value-based system. 

5 steps to a successful population health framework
How should population health look and work? There's a five-step process to getting there, said Michael Dulin, MD, director of the academy for population health innovation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dulin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of health information technology and applying analytics and outcomes research to improve care.

John Muir Health aligns IT and care management to bolster population health
The hospital appointed a Vice President of Care Coordination and Integration, Christy Kaplan, and involved the work of clinicians, including Susan Tolin, to tie together distinct departments and ensure that patients are working with the right care teams.

Geisinger, KeyHIE bolster clinician productivity an hour a day with patient alerts
In conjunction with the Keystone Health Information Exchange, Geisinger Health System sends clinicians push HL7 ORU messages in a population health management program to identify at-risk patients and reduce readmissions.

Centura Health fuels population health with mobile app and medical concierges
The Colorado network’s South Denver unit is giving patients an app for house calls and assigning care coordinators to help navigate the system. And it’s already seeing Triple Aim results. 

We'll be reporting live from the event on Monday and Tuesday — then, of course, continuing to write regularly about population health as it grows and evolves so check back here often. 

Twitter: SullyHIT
Email the writer: tom.sullivan@himssmedia.com

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