Amy Flaster, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Population Health Management and Care Management

Dr. Amy Flaster joined Health Catalyst in August 2016 as the Vice President of Care Management Services. In this role, she is concurrently employed by Partners Healthcare as an Assistant Medical Director of Population Health Management. She continues to see patients as an internist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Amy completed her residency in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Amy has previously co-founded a healthcare IT startup (TrueNorth Healthcare) which operates in the end-of-life space, and has worked as an advisor to other startups through her work with the BWH iHub incubator. She has worked extensively on provider innovation and transformation through her work with the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization. Amy has earned a BA from Dartmouth College, an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Effective Patient Stratification: Four Solutions to Common Hurdles

Accurate patient stratification, the first step of any effective population health strategy, identifies patients who will benefit most from a population health intervention. Successful patient stratification is critical when laying the foundation for any population health initiative, yet many health systems struggle with this step.

Care teams can apply four solutions to overcome common patient stratification hurdles, target the most impactable patients, and carry out population health initiatives:

1. Consider both the physical and the mental.
2. Prove and measure return on investment.
3. Complete data sets.
4. Transparent, customizable technology.

Succeeding in Population Health Management: Why the Right Tools Matter

The U.S. healthcare market projects that by 2022 90 million Americans will be in an ACO. The upward trend in population health management (PHM) makes the move towards risk-based contracts increasingly urgent for health systems. The industry has been largely unprepared for the shift, as it hasn’t established a clear definition of population health or solid guidelines on transitioning from volume to value. Organizations can, however, prepare for the demands of PHM by adopting a solution that manages comprehensive population health data, provides advanced analytics from new and complex challenges, and connects them with the deep expertise to thrive in a value-based landscape.

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