Population Health Perils

Edward Prewitt, for HealthLeaders Media , February 4, 2013

Tim Petrikin, executive vice president, ambulatory care services, for Vanguard Health Systems, the for-profit system headquartered in Nashville, says that healthcare executives must work to modify existing clinical workflows. Already, Vanguard is sending workflow coaches to address how its physicians must act differently under PHM.

Such workflow and behavior changes "take a long time to build. If you're not thinking about it now, it will be impossible to rush later," Petrikin says.

But all the current efforts toward population health management are no more than experiments, caution these executives. "All of this is a work in progress. No one knows how it will turn out," Steinberg says. Deveny adds, "We're not far enough into it with new products to see failure yet."

A transcript of the executive Roundtable will be published in HealthLeaders magazine and online in April. Use the insights to give serious consideration on how your organization will fit into the new PHM world.

Edward Prewitt is the Editorial Director of HealthLeaders Media.

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1 comments on "Population Health Perils"

Jacob Kuriyan (2/5/2013 at 10:14 AM)
The term population health is ill-understood and leads to grave mis-interpretations. Witness the confusing missives from the federal government - where it is a magic phrase used to justify that the program is on the right track. Professor Dave Kindig, (U of Wisconsin) in his blog has tried to shed some light on this confusing phrase. It'll begreat if every one using the phrase defines the precise meaning and context.




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