9 Population Health Management Investment Areas

To successfully manage the health of a population, hospitals and health systems must invest in certain infrastructure and resources so patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place, but hospital executives are choosing different resources to invest in.

According to Premier's 2013 Fall Economic Outlook report, lifestyle and wellness coaching is the most popular resource to invest in to improve population health management: 71.6 percent of survey respondents indicated their hospital invested in the resource.

The following are the other main resources hospital leaders said they have invested in for population health management.

• Patient-centered medical homes: 62.4 percent
• Transitional and/or end-of-life care: 61.5 percent
• Home health: 56.9 percent
• Patient risk stratification: 45.9 percent
• Virtual care/telemedicine: 41.3 percent
• Partnering with payers: 41.3 percent
• Integrated clinical, supply chain and financial data: 37.6 percent
• Patient registry to track services across a population: 30.3 percent

Premier's data is based on an online survey with 454 respondents. Hospital C-suite members accounted for about 30 percent of responses, and supply chain, service line and administrative managers comprised a majority of responses.

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