Population Health Enablement
The rapidly changing healthcare environment, characterised by aging populations, chronic disease and new therapies mean that healthcare providers are looking to new models of care.
Today’s changing healthcare environment — characterised by aging populations, increasing levels of chronic disease and the emergence of new therapies — means that healthcare providers need to shift to transformational new models of care. Fundamental to this shift will be an increased focus on actively managing population health, both by coordinating care inside the system and across traditional system boundaries, and by maximising the power of data.
To succeed in this environment, healthcare providers are:
- Testing new ways of restructuring their care-delivery systems
- Moving away from “fee for service” as they gain an understanding of the new economics of reimbursement
- Building Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) to improve care integration and coordination
- Exploring analytics to provide population- wide health insights, and seeking faster ways to integrate data
Enabling New Models of Population Care
New models of integrated and coordinated care will play a key role in addressing the healthcare needs of the 21st century. Many providers are already seeking to better coordinate both their own internal operations and the way they engage with the broader healthcare ecosystem. One leading provider reports that enhanced coordination was associated with a 30% reduction in readmissions for heart failure, thereby saving lives and reducing costs.
Maximising the Power of Data
The key to improving population health management is building a deep understanding of patterns of health, disease and wellbeing. At the heart of this effort is data management and analytics.
Diving into Analytics
The power of data comes from analytics, and many providers need to liberate the large amounts of data already residing in enterprise systems, such as electronic health records (EHRs). The amount of digital data is expanding rapidly, and information from wearables will be expected to contribute to clinical care decision making. The size, scope and types of data continue to evolve, as do the tools for making sense of it.
Building on Existing IT Investments
IT infrastructure is essential to creating a clinically integrated network to improve population health management. Following years of investment in technology, healthcare organisations can now leverage their assets to accelerate key business and clinical transformations. A solid infrastructure foundation will leverage agile IT storage, processing, analysis and data management to help healthcare organisations make better, evidence-based business and clinical decisions.
Putting Our Experience to Work for You
Today’s healthcare organisations are under intense pressure to improve patient outcomes and enhance population health — all while reducing costs. CSC can help. Our core capabilities deliver the building blocks for population health management. We provide data architecture and management expertise, clinical data integration and population health management consulting services. In addition, we further enable population health information management through the integration of tools from our strategic partners.
- Population Health Program Implementation
- Business Process Design and As-a-Service Delivery
- Data Governance and Information Management
CSC’s Big Data and Analytics solutions can help healthcare organizations that are under pressure to improve patient outcomes and enhance population health – while reducing costs.