In our October 2014 Intelligence Report, healthcare leaders described a variety of investments in IT infrastructure capabilities that are directed toward population health management. Members of the HealthLeaders Media Council discuss such investments.
This article first appeared in the April 2015 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
Laura Pryor, RN, MSN
Chief Quality Officer
Windrose Health Network, Inc.
We have put our own system together. We have a calendar of specific chronic conditions that we are monitoring and also some preventive health factors such as well-child visits, immunizations, colorectal examinations, and cervical cancer screenings. For diabetes we may be running a report out of our own medical records system as a registry. We can run a report for people who have a specific condition, and it lets us do more sorting where we can narrow it down to people who did not have a hemoglobin A1C in the last 90 days and we might want to do some intervention.
You have to have the ability to collect data that is current. You also have to have a dedicated stakeholder who is the main person responsible for running the reports and getting the word out to patients. We created a new position for the care coordinator.
John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.