In What Ways Technology Can Boost Population Health Management?

In What Ways Technology Can Boost Population Health Management?

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, September 28, 2020

Chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension are prevalent in all the countries; therefore it has become imperative for the patients to receive timely treatments, and a practical solution for this is population health management (PHM).

FREMONT, CA: Population Health Management is a method of providing care and managing the healthcare risks of the local population. The population is segmented depending on their health status, access to clinical care, quality of care, and socio-economic background. This data allows the healthcare providers to segment the population as high-risk patients who require timely interventions or as low-risk patients who will benefit from an early intervention, which can stop the progression of chronic diseases.

In order to implement population health management successfully, healthcare organizations need to depend on technology. Here are a few ways to use technology for the improvement of health management. 

Introduce meaningful engagement with patients

When the healthcare providers identify the high-risk and low-risk patients, they can customize the engagement with each of them accordingly. Sometimes chronically ill patients might need more complex and integrated care from numerous specialists. Healthcare professionals will have to proactively identify these patients and develop an ecosystem to provide more personalized care to the patients.

Big data analytics plays a crucial role in creating meaningful engagement with patients. For instance, each patient might have their preferences for interacting with healthcare professionals. Recording data of the priorities of the patients will help in creating tailor-made engagement with patients and provide integrated care.

Improve the rate of vaccinations

Vaccinations are essential in population health management. It helps to curb the pandemic diseases from spreading wide. Healthcare providers can use big data to identify the patients who have not received vaccinations as a high-risk population and find ways to engage with them. They will also be able to determine the vulnerable group and plan a patient engagement model to create awareness about the vaccines and encourage them to take it to avoid future infections.

Secure patient data

Patient data is very vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Not just the patient data, even healthcare devices can tamper easily. FDA has warned that the connected insulin pumps are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. And the attackers can even change insulin delivery systems from hypoglycemia to hyperglycemia and put a patient’s life at risk.

Hospitals must install a firewall, install and maintain anti-virus software frequently, have a contingency plan in place in case of a data breach, train every member to identify potential cyber threats and follow the best practices to protect the patient data. 

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