The importance of population health management for employer health clinics November 28, 2017
When working with a specific population, key trends can be tracked and used for improved outcomes. The same is true in healthcare. When a healthcare clinic is focused specifically on one population group, the trends among the members of that group can be tracked so that their healthcare plans can be optimized to be more effective. An employer health clinic treats a base population of employees and their families. Population health management can be used in those clinics to chart data and improve the quality of their care.
Fred Brodsky, MD, Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Integration for Aurora Health Care, says that data analysis is the key to population health management. Dr. Brodsky says that “effective population health management requires an in depth look at the population’s current health, risk factors, patterns of care and a better understanding of the social determinants of health.”
Developing a population health management strategy can be a critical element in enabling providers in employer health clinics to proactively treat employees and their families more effectively. Dr. Brodsky adds that a population health strategy is focused “on preventive care and managing chronic conditions for all members of the population group, thus reducing overall health care costs.”
Employer health clinic providers can also more actively engage employees in their own healthcare plans, as part of their population health management efforts. Elation Health encourages physicians to improve their employer health clinic population health management with our Clinical First electronic health record (EHR) solution.
Clinical First EHR enables physicians to easily find information that supports healthcare decisions with a comprehensive search feature that will trend relevant data. Providers can track their patients’ visits with multiple providers, including laboratories and pharmacies. Assessments and treatment plans are created intuitively, so physicians can spend more time managing their patients’ health for higher quality outcomes.