Value-based Care

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Leslie Falk

What is Population Health and How Does it Compare to Public Health?

The shift from volume-based to value-based purchasing and the emergence of accountable care organizations are creating a focus on comprehensive management of the health and well-being of patient populations. This doesn’t mean that individual patient care processes are unimportant or unnecessary. It does mean that healthcare systems need to improve both individual patient care processes, while at the same time learning how to manage the entire population of patients they serve. Learn more about population health management and how it is interrelated, but different than public health.

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Bobbi Brown, MBA

How Analytics Will Lower Waste and Reduce Costs for the Healthcare Industry

One of the major contributing factors to escalating hospital costs is patient variation and waste associated with the delivery of care. Hospitals have begun to address waste through a variety of methods such as Six Sigma, LEAN and other healthcare quality process improvement techniques. While these methods are effective at dealing with administrative costs, a much greater return can be gained by concentrating on the clinical or patient care costs. Clinical work teams coupled with data and healthcare analytics reduce costs by helping your organization reduce variation, leading to lowering cost trends as the revenue trend flattens. To fully understand your costs and identify areas of waste, you need good data.

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Paul Horstmeier

Best Practice EDW Award Winners: Stanford and Health Catalyst

Each year, TDWI identifies and honors companies demonstrating “best practices in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications for business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW), and related data management (DM) areas.” Nominees are evaluated based on business value, the degree to which the solution “vision” has been implemented, relevance to other organizations, and the innovation association with the approach. This year, Stanford Health Care and Health Catalyst were honored as winners of the 2013 Best Practices award for the Enterprise Data Warehousing category from TDWI.

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Dan Burton

How To Unlock the Analytic Value of Your EHR

“The EHR alone is not enough without a data platform that enables an
enterprise wide, consistent view of data from many sources. Since this
challenge seems to be pervasive, let me offer a perspective on some of
the most oft-repeated data questions posed by health system leaders.”

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Brent Dover

From Care Management to Population Health Management

Population health management is definitely a hot topic in healthcare today, so I’m excited for the opportunity to weigh in on it with this commentary. In a series of posts, I’ll explore: 1) The evolution of population health management, 2) Data needs for effective population health management, 3) Population health business models, 4) Vendor solutions.

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